August 2023 | Facts and Info from the European Physical Society | e-EPS
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The EPS Europhysics Prize 2023 is announced!

The Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society is proud to announce the award of the 2023 EPS Europhysics Prize. 

Prof. Claudia Felser (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Germany) and Prof. Andrei Bernevig (Professor of Physics at Princeton University in the United States and Visiting Ikerbasque Professor at Donostia International Physics Center in Spain) are awarded "for seminal contributions to the classification, prediction, and discovery of novel topological quantum materials."

EPS QEOD Prizes 2021 and 2023 announced

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the EPS is happy to announce its 2021 and 2023 prizes.

The prizes were presented at the CLEO© Europe/EQEC conference held in Munich in late June.

Discover the pictures of the event and read the press release with the complete list of winners.

EPS Forum 2024

The second edition of the EPS Forum will take place in 2024 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. 

Prestigious speakers, including Nobel Prize and Wolf Prize winners, are invited.

Students, organisations, exhibitors and sponsors will all find attractive reasons to take part to the Forum.

A poster session will be organised to give young physicists the opportunity to present their scientific results.



New type of star gives clues to mysterious origin of magnetars

Magnetars are the strongest magnets in the Universe. These super-dense dead stars with ultra-strong magnetic fields can be found all over our galaxy but astronomers don’t know exactly how they form.

Now, using multiple telescopes around the world, including European Southern Observatory (ESO) facilities, researchers have uncovered a living star that is likely to become a magnetar.

Third Hands-on Edition of the EPS Technology & Innovation Group

The third Hands-on Edition of the EPS Technology & Innovation Group was focused on optics, powerful lasers, wakefield, plasma accelerators, and intense terahertz pulses.

Usually organised at CERN in Geneva, the workshop took place this time in Petrovac, Montenegro, between 7th-9th July 2023.

Modifications to the EPS Constitution and Bylaws

Following discussions at EPS Council Meetings held in March and May 2023, members of the EPS are notified that the EPS Council will hold an Extra-ordinary Council meeting on 24th November 2023 to modify the EPS constitution and bylaws.

Read the proposals for modifications on the EPS website.

Euclid’s two instruments have captured their first test images

The mesmerising results indicate that the space telescope will achieve the scientific goals that it has been designed for – and possibly much more.

Although there are months to go before Euclid delivers its true new view of the cosmos, reaching this milestone means the scientists and engineers behind the mission are confident that the telescope and instruments are working well.

IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme

The application period is open. The deadline for applications is 30th September 30 2023.

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help increase the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting a workforce of men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation. 

Iraq to accede to associate membership of SESAME

At its 42nd meeting held in Barcelona (Spain) on 10th-11th July, the Council of SESAME unanimously welcomed and approved Iraq’s request to become an Associate Member of SESAME.

As a result, Iraq will become a Prospective Member, which is a stepping stone to full membership.

ARISE programme

Fellowship Opportunity at EMBL, European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Molecular Biology needs you! Do you enjoy technology and method development? Are you interested in a career in research infrastructures, core facilities or service units? Then take a look at a career accelerator programme from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory

2025 will be the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology!

The UNESCO Executive Board has just taken a Decision towards the proclamation of an International Year of Quantum Science and Technology planned for 2025 (IYQ2025)  More than 50 member states of UNESCO officially co-sponsored the resolution, with broad geographical representation spanning continents across the globe.

The European Physical Society is a partner to the IYQ2025 and seeks active support from its members. To take part, visit the IYQ2025 website.

Events and dates

Highlights der Physik
The event, organised by the German Physical Society, will take place from 25th-30th September 2023 in Kiel, Germany.

The European Quantum Technologies Conference will take place from 16th-20th October 2023 in Hannover, Germany.

Joint annual meeting SPS/ÖPG
The meeting will take place from 4th-8th September 2023 in Basel, Switzerland.

EPS Activities in 2023
Click here for the list of the activities of the EPS Executive Committee and the EPS Staff.

EPN 54-3

Read the latest EPN focused on urban and green physics.

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