New jIAPS online

A new issue of jIAPS is now available. Highlights include an interview with Nobel Laureate Gerard t’Hooft, articles on student parabolic flight, the relationship between Kepler and Gulliver’s travels, the Biefeld-Brown effect and much more besides.

The closing date for the crossword competition is 1st July. The winner will receive a copy of ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’, edited by Stephen Hawking.

We are always looking for volunteers to contribute to future issues of jIAPS, so if you would like to write an article, please let us know.

If you wish to comment on this issue, state your (dis)agreement with the authors’ opinions, or tell us about anything you think is of interest to physics students today, you can send letters to the editors on jiaps (at) iaps . info.

This jIAPS is also available in Issuu form.


SNEF in Peru and ISC in Japan

In addition to ICAP and ICPS 2008, IAPS members are invited to attend two more conferences this summer.

The organisers for the Simposio Nacional de Estudiantes de Física, to be held in Lima, Peru, have kindly allocated a few places for IAPS members. SNEF takes place from 18th-22nd August, just after ICPS. More information is available on the SNEF website. If you would like to attend, please email ec (at) iaps . info

You can also attend the 54th International Student Conference in Japan. This starts with a study tour of a few cities, before the main conference gets underway in Tokyo. ISC includes discussion on a variety of topics and runs from 31st August to 12th September. For more information please see the ISC website or email isc54committee (at) gmail . com


54th International Student Conference, Tokyo, Japan

IAPS members are invited to apply for a places at ISC54. ISC is held annually in Japan, with 30 Japanese and 30 foreign delegates. Delegates are chosen based on an essay (in English) submitted to the organisers.

This year’s conference is in two parts, starting with a study tour of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Okayama and Kyusyu, followed by the main conference in Tokyo. The programme includes discussion sessions on a variety of topics, as well as athletic and cultural events.

For more information, please see the ISC website and leaflet. The organising committee can be contacted on isc54committee (at) gmail . com, or contact the public relations officer, Saori Okawa, on saori-12 (at) hotmail . co . jp


New jIAPS editors call for articles

Do you write? Can you communicate science? The journal of the International Association of Physics Students (jIAPS) is under new editorship, and we need articles for our upcoming issue. We are looking for articles covering all aspects of physics, from the latest breakthroughs in laboratory research all the way to the physics of Iron Man, and everything in between. If the subject is interesting and is somehow related to physics, we would be glad to hear about it. Try your hand at scientific journalism, or just send in a comment on something you think other physicists should know about. Strong opinions and controversial topics welcome.

Do you have ideas already? Great! If not, don’t worry, we have. What are the issues facing young physicists today? Is industrial physics crushed by the sublime thrill of unravelling the mysteries of the universe, or does anyone actually need astrophysicists and theoreticians when we already have poets?

Whatever your point of view, whatever your issue, let us know what you think.

Euan and Danielle – Editors, jIAPS

Euan Monaghan, Danielle Wills and Deniz Kozlu are our new jIAPS editors. Contact them on jiaps (at) iaps . info

Events Past Events


The IAPS trip to ESTEC was based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main attraction of this trip was a tour of ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre , located in Noordwijk. Participants saw a range of facilities and viewed the Herschel and GOCE spacecraft, both due to launch later in 2008. The event also included a visit to the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in Delft, the Windmill Museum and Planetarium.

Members can download a TNO general introduction, careers presentation, optics lecture and space science lecture (focusing on dust storms on Mars), a copy of the report for EPS, who sponsored the trip, and the IAPS presentation given by Agnieszka Leyko in either odp or ppt format.

Pictures from the whole trip, and a few from the following Queen’s Day celebrations, can be seen here. In addition, pictures taken by TNO staff are here. Trip particpants can view and contribute to the gallery on Li’s website.


Registration open for International Young Scientists’ Conference on Applied Physics

APSKNU (LC Kyiv) have kindly extended an invite to this conference to all IAPS members. See the events section and their website for details.


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.