August 2020 | Facts and Info from the European Physical Society | e-EPS
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Roberta Caruso has joined the EPS Executive Committee

The Action Committee of the Young Minds Project is happy to congratulate Dr. Roberta Caruso, our former chair, with being elected a member of the EPS Executive Committee!

The EPS Edison Volta Prize 2020 is announced

The European Physical Society [EPS], the Fondazione Alessandro Volta, and Edison S.p.A. are delighted to announce the award of the 2020 EPS Edison Volta Prize to Dieter Weiss, Jurgen Smet and Klaus Ensslin "for their seminal contributions to condensed matter nano-science."

Interview of Adriana Pálffy: We need measures to support a career in physics and having a family

Adriana Pálffy is a theoretical physicist working at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. By understanding light-matter interaction at the borderline between atomic, nuclear and quantum physics, she aims at obtaining quantum control over nuclear transitions.

Media of the Month: August 2020

The ESPD, in collaboration with Wikimedia Commons, is running a Media of the Month Contest with the goal of promoting the uploading of high-quality media related to solar physics to Wikimedia Commons. Discover the winner for August 2020: Luc Rouppe van der Voort (University of Oslo).

Astrophysicists fill gaps in the history of the Universe

An international consortium of scientists has analyzed, as part of a vast program of cosmological surveys, several million galaxies and quasars, thus retracing a more continuous history of the Universe and offering a better understanding of the mechanisms of its expansion.

Online Success for the 2020 Day of Light

Although the planned celebrations for the International Day of Light in 2020 (IDL2020) were impacted significantly by the pandemic, many individuals and organizations were able to reorganize to move activities and events online.

Rare phenomenon observed by ATLAS features the LHC as a high-energy photon collider

The ATLAS experiment reports the observation of photon collisions producing weak-force carriers and provides further insights into their interactions

X-rays indicate that water can behave like a liquid crystal

Scientists at Stockholm University have discovered that water can exhibit a a behaviour similar to that of a liquid crystal when illuminated with laser light. This effect originates by the alignment of water molecules, which exhibit a mixture of low- and high-density domains that are more or less prone to alignment.

9th EPS-QEOD Europhoton Conference

The conference will take place from 30 August to 4 September 2020.

Check the programme at

Follow the conference online and on the social media with #EUROPHOTON2020.

Events and important dates

Some conferences may be postponed or cancelled. Check the websites for the latest updates.

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), 13 Oct 2020
ALD is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

6th Edition – Science by women
Promoting African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer. Deadline for proposals submission 30 September 2020.

EPS Historic Sites

The EPS Historic Sites initiative celebrates places of importance to the history of physics. Discover the places inaugurated from 2014 to 2018 in our brochure.

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