Call for volunteers

The EC are working hard trying to do as much as possible for IAPS members this year. There are more things we’d like to do than we can possibly find time for, which is where you come in. We’re looking for volunteers to help with a variety of projects. The work is fun and it’s very rewarding to see your efforts become reality. We can’t pay you, but we can supply a worthwhile experience that will enhance your CV.

Specifically, we need people for the following jobs:

jIAPS editor(s)- Edit the articles already collected, commission more, publish pdf versions during the year and a ‘best of’ compilation to be printed and handed out at ICPS. jIAPS can include scientific articles, opinion columns, letters, interviews with physicists or other interesting people, cartoons, crosswords or anything else you think would be worth reading. Great experience for anyone considering working in publishing or science journalism.

jIAPS authors- Write articles for the journal- contributions from anyone and everyone welcome. Tell us about your research or the area of physics which interests you most, what you think about hot topics of the day, why the previous author was completely wrong- debate is good! Decisions on what to publish will be taken by the editing team.

Regulations committee- We have a few people working hard to write some internal regulations as a guide for the future, explaining things which are important to IAPS but don’t legally need to be in the charter. There’s a lot to do and more volunteers would be very welcome. The resulting document will be put to the vote at this year’s AGM.

Event organisers- If you can think of something IAPS members would benefit from, we want to hear from you. All ideas welcome. If you just want to organise something and don’t mind what, please get in touch as we have plenty of possibilities. Individuals or groups could help us.

Finally, if you want to do something that isn’t mentioned above, please let us know. Perhaps you’ve thought of something we haven’t.

As always, contact us on ec (at) iaps . info


EC meeting in Helsinki, 5th-6th April

The EC has decided to meet in Helsinki instead of Mulhouse to avoid spending IAPS money, as three committee members are based there and it was not deemed necessary to have an EPS representative present this time.

The meeting is open for all members as usual, but we cannot cover your travel or accomodation expenses. We will, however, assist in finding the cheapest place to stay if you wish to participate.

If you have any ideas you would like the EC to discuss at this meeting, please get in touch with us by the end of March.

Minutes are now available in the meetings section.  


Registrations open

As you might have noticed registration for ESTEC trip, Mafihe/IAPS summer school and ICPS 2008 have opened.


Space and maths related competitions

ESA is having a competition for European university students, where you need to propose an experiment that could fly on board the International Space Station.

Also there is an essay competition running worldwide and the point is to explain a mathematical topic or application they think the world needs to know about.


International Conference of Physics Students 2009, Split, Croatia


The ICPS 2009 was held 10-18  August in Split, Croatia.

Go to the website:


EC meeting at Mulhouse held

Minutes available to members in the meetings section.

Events Past Events

ICPS 2007

The XXII International Conference of Physics Students was held in London, UK, based at University College London. Highlights included five guest lectures, 69 student lectures, many student posters and a choice of 9 scientific excursions. The social and cultural programme included the usual city tour, national and costume parties, plus a drinks reception, céilidh, karaoke night, barbecue, lark in the park and more. 360 students from over 30 countries attended.

The handbook can be downloaded here, and members can log in to view the reports here and here.

Job van der Zwan and Marten Veldthuis have a gallery of photos, and there is a facebook group and flickr group.

A highlights video is available (70MB .mov) (323MB .avi)

The official site was