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IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, 14th & 15th of August 2021

The IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, hereby AGM 2021, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Saturday & Sunday, August 14th & 15th 2021 starting at 12:30 UTC on August 14th. We expect to hold the meeting using the IAPS BigBlueButton server.

Please find below the draft AGM 2021 agenda, to which any IAPS member can propose changes, namely the addition of agenda items per the IAPS Charter point 17.4. The Executive Committee requests that these be sent by email to ec@iaps.info until 12:29 UTC on July 10th, in order to give the EC time to determine how to include the points in the final agenda.

1. Election of the Chair, Minute Taker and Tellers
2. Membership
2.1 Voting Rights
2.2 New Members
2.3 Expulsions
2.4 Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the March 27th 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting
4. Resolution of Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2018/2019 Executive Committee
5. Presentation of and discussion on Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2019/2020 Executive Committee
6. Election of the Auditors
7. Election of the IAPS Alumni Representatives
8. Election of the IAPS Archivist
9. Presentation of and discussion on 2020/21 Executive Committee Report
10. Discussion on and approval of the 2022/23 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities
11. IAPS Strategic Planning
11.1 Presentation of and discussion on the Evaluation Report of the implementation of 2018-2021 IAPS Strategic Plan
11.2 Discussion and approval of the 2021-2024 IAPS Strategic Plan
12. Discussion and approval of the 2021/2022 Budget
13. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
14. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
15. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the PLANCKS General Rules
16. External Relations
16.1 Discussion and approval of the format of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission status
16.2 Election of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission board members
16.3 Ratification of the IAPS-IAU Memorandum of Understanding
16.4 Ratification of the IAPS-IAGA Memorandum of Understanding
16.5 Ratification of the IAPS-ASP Memorandum of Understanding
16.6 Ratification of the IAPS-IUPAB Memorandum of Understanding
16.7 Ratification of the IAPS-IAVCEI Memorandum of Understanding
16.8 Ratification of the IAPS-IUCr Memorandum of Understanding
16.9 Presentation and discussion of IAPS participation in the Global Student Government organisation
16.10 Discussion and vote on IAPS applying to become an Affiliate Member of the IUGG
16.11 Discussion and vote on developing an application for IAPS to become an Affiliated Member of the ISC
16.12 Discussion and vote on developing an application for IAPS to obtain Consultative Status with UNESCO
16.13 Discussion on External Relations Liaisons
16.14 Additional matters
17. Selection of the 2022 IAPS School Day Topic
18. iaps2CERN
18.1 Presentation of status of planning for iaps2CERN 2022
19. PLANCKS
19.1 Presentation of Final Report on PLANCKS 2020
19.2 Presentation of Preliminary Report on PLANCKS 2021
19.3 Presentation of Progress Report on PLANCKS 2022
19.4 Election of the host of the PLANCKS 2023
20. ICPS
20.1 Resolution of Final Report on ICPS 2019
20.2 Presentation of Progress Report on ICPS 2022
20.3 Election of the host of the ICPS 2023
21. Election of the 2021/22 Executive Committee members
22. Other points of interest

IAPS-IAU Collaboration established!

We are excited to announce that IAPS has established a formal collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and the Division C on Education, Heritage, and Outreach!

Signed on May 4th, this MoU expresses the importance of cooperation on matters such as outreach, advocacy, diversity and science communication, in particular within the scope of the amazing work of the IAU on all these aspects.

We look forward to many practical ways to reflect this connection between the IAPS and the IAU communities, spread across the world.

Due to the date of signing and the astronomy theme, it is only logical to wish everybody (even with some delay): May the fourth be with you!

For more information, check the announcement on the IAU website: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann21030/.

Extraordinary General Meeting, March 2021 – Final call

The IAPS March 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting, hereby EGM, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Sunday, March 27th 2021 starting at 12:30 UTC. We expect to hold the meeting using Zoom or a developing IAPS internal BigBlueButton plaftorm.

The National Committee representatives will have 7 votes, and the Local Committee representatives will have 2 votes. All of the individual members from one country have 1 vote between them. All member committees are to send details of their representatives with delegated voting rights, maximum of 2 delegates, to the Executive Committee prior to the meeting. Other topics may also be discussed during the meeting under the other topics point but these discussions cannot be used to make formal decisions, per articles 17.5 and 17.6 of the IAPS Charter.

Please find below the final EGM agenda.

1. Election of the Chair, Secretary, and Tellers
2. Membership
  2.1 Voting Rights
  2.2 New Members
  2.3 Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the December 20th 2020 Extraordinary General Meeting
4. Election of the new IAPS EC Events Manager for the remainder of the 2020/2021 term
5. Other points of interest

Extraordinary General Meeting, March 2021

The IAPS March 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting, hereby EGM, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Sunday, March 27th 2021 starting at 12:30 UTC. We expect to hold the meeting using Zoom or a developing internal platform.

Please find below the draft EGM agenda, to which any IAPS member can propose changes, namely the addition of agenda items per the IAPS Charter point 17.4. The Executive Committee requests that these be sent until 23:59 UTC on February 25th, in order to give the EC time to determine how to include the points in the final agenda.

1. Election of the Chair, Secretary, and Tellers
2. Membership
  2.1 Voting Rights
  2.2 New Members
  2.3 Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the December 20th 2020 Extraordinary General Meeting
4. Election of the new IAPS EC Events Manager for the remainder of the 2020/2021 term
5. Other points of interest

IAPS has new members

The 2019 IAPS Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on August 13th, approved 9 new member committees, with 4 National Committees (NCs) and 5 Local Committees (LCs):

NC Cuba – Sociedad Cubana de Jovenes Fisicos/Cuban Society for Young Physicists
NC Georgia – საქართველოს ფიზიკის სტუდენტთა ასოციაცია/Georgian Association of Physics Students (GAPS)
NC Morocco – Moroccan Association of Physics (MAP)
NC Poland – Polskie Stowarzyszenie Studentów Fizyki/Polish Association of Physics Students (PSSF)

LC Jambi (Indonesia) – Ikatan Mahasiswa Pendidikan Fisika/Physics Education Student Association (IMAPEFSI)
LC Kumasi (Ghana) – IAPS Kumasi
LC Noida (India) – Physics Society of Shiv Nadar University (PhySoc)
LC Quito (Ecuador) – OSA-USFQ Capítulo Estudiantil/OSA-USFQ Student Chapter
LC Saint Petersburg (Russia) – сообщество студентов-физиков Политехнического университета/Polytechnic Community of Physics Students (PCPS)

All of these new members were immediately approved as new members, with the exception of LC Quito, whose membership was approved conditional on the payment of the first membership fee occuring up to September 1st. As this condition has already been met, LC Quito is also officially a member of IAPS.

Welcome to all of our new members!

ICPS 2019 places still available

If you missed the 2 rounds of ICPS registrations, don’t worry! In the words of Futurama’s Professor Farnsworth, good news, everyone: there are still some spots available!

To register, just log in to the Member Network and sign up here. Check out the full program of the conference and all relevant details on the official website.

If you have any questions, just contact info@icps.cologne.

Don’t miss this awesome gathering of Physics students from all corners of the Earth [Warning: this phrase does not constitute proof that the Earth if flat].

IAPS 2019 Annual General Meeting Final Agenda released

The final agenda of the 2019 Annual General Meeting has been released to members by the IAPS Executive Committee, as posted below.

2019 Annual General Meeting – Final Agenda
1. Election of the Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Membership
2.1. Voting Rights
2.2. New Members
2.3. Expulsions
2.4. Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
4. Auditors report and accounts of the 2017/2018 Executive Committee
5. Election of Auditors
6. Election of IAPS Alumni Representative
7. Election of IAPS Archivist
8. 2018/19 Executive Committee Report
9. 2019/20 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities Document
10. Discussion and vote on the IAPS Strategic Plan
11. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
12. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
13. IAPS Code of Conduct
14. IAPS Privacy Policy Update
15. IAPS Reimbursement Guide
16. 2020 Budget
17. 2020 IAPS School Day Topic
18. iaps2CERN
18.1. Final Report for 2019 iaps2CERN
19. PLANCKS
19.1. Final Report for 2019 PLANCKS
19.2. Progress Report for 2020 PLANCKS
19.3. Election of the host for the 2021 PLANCKS
20. ICPS
20.1. Final Report for 2018 ICPS
20.2. Progress Report for 2020 ICPS
20.3. Election of the host of the 2021 ICPS
21. Election of Executive Committee members
22. Other points of interest

To be held physically at the University of Cologne, in Cologne, Germany, during day 4 of ICPS, starting at 9:00 AM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) on August 13th, this meeting is open for online attendance, which IAPS members can request by sending an e-mail to president@iaps.info.

Once more, we remind everyone that, per IAPS Charter, National Committees (NCs) will have 7 votes, Local Committees (LCs) will have 2 votes and Individual Members from each country have, collectively, 1 vote.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact president@iaps.info!

IAPS 2019 Annual General Meeting provisional agenda released

The Executive Committee of IAPS has sent out to the provisional agenda of the this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to IAPS membership representatives.

2019 AGM Provisional Agenda
1. Election of the Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Membership
2.1. Voting Rights
2.2. New Members
2.3. Expulsions
2.4. Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
4. Approval of the minutes of the 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting
5. Auditors report and accounts of the previous Executive Committee
6. Election of Auditors
7. Election of IAPS Alumni Representative
8. Election of IAPS Archivist
9. 2018/19 Executive Committee Report
10. 2019/20 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities Document
11. Discussion and vote on the IAPS Strategic Plan
12. Discussion and vote on the 2018/19 EC’s Alumni Committee Proposal
13. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
14. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
15. IAPS Code of Conduct
16. IAPS Privacy Policy Update
17. IAPS Reimbursement Guide
18. 2020 Provisional Budget
19. 2020 IAPS School Day Topic
20. iaps2CERN
20.1. Final Report for 2019 iaps2CERN
21. PLANCKS
21.1. Final Report for 2019 PLANCKS
21.2. Progress Report for 2020 PLANCKS
21.3. Election of the host for the 2021 PLANCKS
22. ICPS
22.1. Final Report for 2019 ICPS
22.2. Progress Report for 2020 ICPS
22.3. Election of the host for the 2021 ICPS
23. Election of the Executive Committee members
24. Other points of interest

Starting at 9:00 AM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) on August 13th, the AGM will be held physically in Cologne, Germany during ICPS 2019, IAPS’s flagship event, organised by members of the junde Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (jDPG), the student wing of the German Physical Society, with a live feed for anyone who wishes to follow the meeting at a distance.

Per IAPS Charter terms, National Committees have 7 votes, Local Committees have 2 votes and Individual Members from each country have, collectively, 1 vote. We remind you that any member of IAPS with voting rights may propose additional points for the agenda.

If you wish to follow the meeting remotely, propose agenda items or have any questions, contact presidente@iaps.info.

IAPS’s major democratic process is just a month away!

ICPS 2019 – Last registration opportunity for waiting list

The ICPS 2019 Organising Committee has opened registrations one final time to allow for a participation possibility for those who are still interested but were unable to sign up between the first and second rounds.

As all the places for ICPS Cologne are already filled, this final round is based on a waiting list, ordered according to date and time of registration, as it is expected that some already accepted participants might have to renounce their place for various possible reasons, a phenomenon observed every year.

So, if you haven’t signed up and want to attend the biggest IAPS event, this is your opportunity to register!

Extraordinary General Meeting called for May

The Executive Committee, per IAPS Charter point 17.2, has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held on Saturday, May 11th 2019 at 6:00 PM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) with physical location at the University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu, Finland and online access.

The main purpose is to determine who will carry on the PR Manager duties until the end of the current term, following the resignation of Sofia Ferreira Teixeira, and to review some of the main IAPS documents. Read the full provisional agenda below.

Provisional Agenda:
1. Election of Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Checking quorum
3. General announcements
4. Approval of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM)
5. Selection of the new IAPS EC PR Manager
6. Approval of the updated IAPS Code of Conduct
7. IAPS’s Affiliated Commission application to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
8. Discussion on proposed changes to the IAPS Charter and Regulations
9. Discussion on a proposal to change the IAPS membership of individual members and alumni in the future
10. Other points of interest

If you have any questions, wish to attend the meeting remotely or want to propose other items to the agenda, write to president@iaps.info.