Archive for 2013

International Year of Light 2015

December 30th, 2013 No comments

EPS_UNESCO_IYOLOn 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

As the Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee John Dudley explains: “An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this.”

A selection of resources is available through the links to the left. A website for the International Year of Light 2015 will be live from early 2014. Please check back here for updates and links.

Source: EPS

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A network for the Balkans – 10 Years of the SEENET-MTP in the CERN Courier

December 2nd, 2013 No comments

Pages from CERNCourier2013Dec-digitaledition_Page_2_Page_1Ten years ago, a project to establish a Balkan network in mathematical and theoretical physics took shape. Goran Djordjevic, Executive Director of the Network looks at the origins of SEENET-MTP and how it developed.

Full text is available at CERN Courier Magazine: December 2013.

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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Vladimir Gerjikov

December 2nd, 2013 No comments

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Gerjikov (The Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia, Bulgaria) will give a talk:

The Toda chains: exact solutions and their properties

on Monday, 2 December, 2013 at 17:00h. The talk will be held at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics Nis (Room 306).

This lecture will be organized by SEENET-MTP Office in Niš, within the OEA-ICTP Program “Strings and Cosmology” (supported by ICTP, Trieste, Italy). Coorganizers are Faculty of Science and Mathematics and Chair for Theoretical Phyiscs.

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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Goran Djordjevic in Sofia

November 17th, 2013 No comments

Prof. Dr. Goran Djordjevic (Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Nis, Serbia) will visit Sofia and give a talk

On path integrals on (non)Archimedean spaces
and application in Quantum Theory and Cosmology

on Tuesday, 19 November, 2013. The talk will be held at the Faculty of Physics, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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CERN-EP Seminar: First results from the LUX Dark Matter Experiment

November 13th, 2013 No comments

CERN-EP Seminar on Tuesday 19th of November 2013 in the Council Chamber (503-1-001) at 11h00

First results from the LUX Dark Matter Experiment
by Dr. Chamkaur Ghag (University College London)

This seminar will be available live via the CERN Webcast Service or here: Read more…

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SEENET-MTP Members’ Profiles

November 12th, 2013 No comments

membersWe are glad to announce that profiles for all individual members of SEENET-MTP network have been created and made available on our webportal. All members of the network are able to update their profiles and include contact information, professional information and links to their profiles at popular social networks (LinkedIn, Skype, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter).

We encourage all members of the SEENET-MTP to regularly update their profiles and believe that this service provided by Network will be useful to all members of the Network and visitors of the portal in fostering professional contacts and cooperation.

This service was partially supported by UNESCO Office Venice through project Contract CFS 13-10 n.: 45000194266 in cooperation with the SEENET-MTP Network Office Nis – Faculty of Science Nis and the Department of Physics.

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Two PhD positions in Photonics at the University of Kent

November 12th, 2013 No comments


Two Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher/PhD positions for 36 months starting from 1st February 2014 are available within the Applied Optics Group in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent. These are supported by an EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Industrial Doctorate, jointly organized with NKT Photonics Denmark. Students will spend half of their time in Kent and half at NKT in Denmark.

More information is available in the PDF file.

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SEE e-Survey 2.0

November 3rd, 2013 No comments

see-dbWe are pleased to inform that database consisting of a comprehensive profiles of 40 institutions from 7 SEE countries has been collected during SEE MP-UNESCO e-Survey project.

The database is available now on the webportal of the SEENET-MTP Network.

All the data for this database were collected as a part of the UNESCO Venice Office Project “Strengthening Basic and Engineering Sciences Capacities in South Eastern Europe SEE”, i.e. as the subproject “Map of Excellence in Physics and Mathematics in SEE – the SEE MP e-Survey Project” (Contract AFC 09-50 4500085387) launched in 2010, and continued in 2012/2013 (Contract CFS 13-10 n.: 45000194266) in cooperation with the SEENET-MTP Network Office Nis – Faculty of Science Nis, and the Department of Physics, University of Craiova . It is a pleasure to underline and acknowledge support of the UNESCO Office Venice.

From now on representatives of the institutions are authorized and asked to update these information of their institution.

This activity reamins open for all institutions in Physics and Mathematics in the region.

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Physics Conference TIM-13

November 2nd, 2013 No comments

Timisoara-City-a26944925We are pleased to announce the TIM-13 Physics Conference and SEENET-MTP Workhsop in Timisoara

Physics Conference TIM-13

21-24 November 2013, Timisoara, Romania

The aim of the TIM-13 Physics Conference is to present actual national and international problems and results in physics, to bring together researchers and scientists from Romania, Balkan region and abroad, and to strengthen scientific contacts and networking between them. The TIM-13 will be organized by Faculty of Physics from Timisoara. Read more…

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ISDET2013 – Improvements in Subject Didactics and Education of Teachers

October 17th, 2013 No comments

isdet2013The Committee for Education of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts organizes the conference

Improvements in Subject Didactics
and Education of Teachers

to be held on October 24 and 25, 2013.

The conference will work in three sections: Mathematics with Informatics, Science, and the Humanities. English will be the language of the conference and there will be no conference fee.

Three plenary lectures will be delivered by outstanding specialists who will treat general problems and perspectives of education specific for one of the three sections. In each section there will be 2–3 introductory thirty minute lectures focused on important global issues, whereas short fifteen minute presentations are supposed to contain original ideas how to improve some aspects of teachers’ education promoting better didactical transformations of the teaching content.

More information can be found at the web site of the ISDET2013.

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013

Today, on October 8th, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2013 to François Englert (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium) and Peter W. Higgs (University of Edinburgh, UK) “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider“.

François Englert (left) and Peter Higgs at CERN on 4 July 2012, on the occasion of the announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments (Image: Maximilien Brice/CERN)

François Englert (left) and Peter Higgs at CERN on 4 July 2012, on the occasion of the announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments (Image: Maximilien Brice/CERN)

François Englert and Peter W. Higgs are jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass. In 1964, they proposed the theory independently of each other (Englert together with his now deceased colleague Robert Brout). In 2012, their ideas were confirmed by the discovery of a so called Higgs particle at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva in Switzerland.

More information can be found on “The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013”. and in the press release by CERN web site of CERN.

Press release by CERN (in Serbian):

CERN čestita dobitnicima Nobelove nagrade za fiziku

Ženeva, 8. oktobar 2013. CERN je uputio čestitke Piteru Higsu i Fransoi Angleru, dobitnicima Nobelove nagrade za fiziku za teorijsko otkriće mehanizma koji doprinosi našem razumevanju porekla mase subatomskih čestica, a koje je nedavno potvrđeno otkrićem predviđene elementarne čestice na eksperimentima ATLAS i CMS na CERN-ovom Velikom hadronskom kolajderu. Eksperimentalno otkriće Higsove čestice objavljeno je 4. jula prošle godine.

“Oduševljen sam što je Nobelova nagrada za fiziku ove godine dodeljena u oblasti fizike elementarnih čestica”, rekao je Rolf Hojer, generalni direktor CERN-a. “Otkriće Higsovog bozona u CERN-u prošle godine, koje potvrđuje Brut-Angler-Higs mehanizam, označava vrhunac decenija intelektualnog napora mnogo ljudi širom sveta.”

Brut-Angler-Higs (BEH) mehanizam je prvi put predložen 1964. godine u dva nezavisno objavljena rada, prvi od strane belgijskog fizičara Roberta Bruta i Fransoa Anglera, a drugi od strane britanskog fizičara Pitera Higsa. Ovaj mehanizam objašnjava kako su sile odgovorna za beta raspad mnogo slabija od elektromagnetne, ali je mnogo bolje poznat kao mehanizam koji elementarnim česticama daje masu.

Treći rad, koji su objavili amerikanci Žerald Guralnik i Karl Hagen sa britanskim kolegom Tomom Kibl doprinele su daljem razvoju ove nove ideje koja je postala esencijalni deo Standardnog modela u fizici čestica. Kako je Higs naglasio, ključna predikcija ove ideje je postojanje nove vrste masivnog bozona koji je otkriven na ATLAS i CMS eksperimentima u CERN-u 2012.

Standardni model opisuje elementarne čestice od kojih smo sastavljeni i mi i čitav vidljivi Univerzum, kao i interakcije koje određuju ponašanje elementarnih čestica. Ovo je izvanredno uspešna teorija koja je temeljno testirana u brojnim eksperimentima tokom dugog niza godina. Sve do prošle godine, BEH mehanizam je bio poslednji nedostajući deo ovog modela koji je trebalo eksperimentalno potvrditi. Sada, kada je potvrđen, fizičari u CERN-u nestrpljivo tragaju za fizikom izvan Standardnog modela.

Higsovu česticu su otkrile ATLAS i CMS kolaboracije, u kojima učestvuje po 3000 istraživača iz svih krajeva sveta. Oni su izgradili sofisticirane instrumente – detektore čestica – kako bi izučavali sudare protona u Velikom hadronskom kolajderu (LHC-u), koji je i sam veoma kompleksni instrument na čijoj konstrukciji je bilo uključeno mnogo ljudi i institucija.

CERN će održati konferenciju za štampu danas u 13:45 u Globusu nauke i inovacija. Za one koji nisu u mogućnosti da prisustvuju lično, obezbeđen je prenos uživo preko interneta. Pitanja novinara mogu biti postavljena preko tvitera, koristeći hashtag #BosonNobel

Izvor: IPB

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Lecture by Dr. Larisa Jonke in Belgrade

Dr. Larisa Jonke from Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Zagreb, Croatia) will visit Faculty of Physics and Institute of Physics in Belgrade, Serbia.

The visit will take place in the frame of the ICTP – SEENET-MTP project PRJ-09 “Cosmology and Strings”.

During the visit Dr. Jonke will give a talk:

“Generalized Fluxes and Matrix Compactications”

on Friday, 5 October, 2013 at 13:00h. The talk will be held in the Room 300, at the Institute of Physics.

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Science Workshop for Young Minds

Science Workshop for Young Minds group | Image credit: EPS/YM Barcelona

Science Workshop for Young Minds group | Image credit: EPS/YM Barcelona

The EPS Young Minds Section is now planning its 2nd Science Workshop for Young Minds in late 2013 or 2014, and is asking for volunteers and ideas!

The first “Science Workshop for Young Minds” [SWYM] was held in September 2012 in cooperation with the Institute of Photonic Sciences [ICFO] and involved a week full of activities for high school students interested in optics, photonics and sciences.

The activity addressed a select group of 30 high school students who, during five days, were completely involved in science. Living in a scientific institution they participated in real experiments in an encouraging atmosphere. The students improved their knowledge in an environment more stimulating than what they normally find at their educational centres.

The Young Minds visited the ICFO labs where many world class scientists carry out cutting edge experiments. They were introduced to the day-to-day life of a scientist and were encouraged to get involved in science and research in the future.

The Young Minds approach advocates inquiry based science education where students are actors. Learning becomes more interesting and lively, compared with the standard lecture based approach in high schools. For this reason, during the lab tours and the experiments, Young Minds members used a proactive method of teaching, in which students participated actively in the acquirement of the conclusions, where PhD students were more ‘guides’ rather than teachers.

Within the frame of the last 2nd EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting, it was noted how the EPS Young Minds initiative could generate close links with other student chapters from Europe and forster the organisation of the second edition of the SWYM in a spirit of cooperation thanks to the close links generated during the meeting.


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