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The IUPAP International Conferences on Women in Physics
Since 2002, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has sponsored a series of triennial international conferences on women in physics. The Fourth IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP4) was held April, 2011 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Roughly 250 delegates from more than 50 countries attended the meeting, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, society members and industrial physicists. Many were from African countries that had not previously been able to participate in the international conferences, which were held previously in Paris (2002), Brazil (2005) and South Korea (2008).
International Travel Grant Award Program
Recognizing that funding for collaborations between developed and developing country scientists is often insufficient to meet existing needs and opportunities, the International Travel Grant Program (ITGAP) was established following the initiative of the American Physical Society Forum on International Physics (FIP), the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA) and the APS Divisions of Nuclear Physics (DNP), Physics of Beams (DPB), Particles and Fields (DPF), and Plasma Physics (DPP). Awards of up to $2,000 USD will be made based on 6-month competitive cycles.
Canadian American Mexican (CAM) Graduate Student Conference
The USLC/IUPAP supports international outreach, such as the Canadian American Mexican (CAM) Conference, a biennial conference jointly sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), and Sociedad Méjicana de Física (SMF) that affords physics graduate students an opportunity to attend a unique conference planned by and for them with mentorship from senior staff of the physics societies in each of the three countries. Students have an opportunity to introduce their recent findings in the various subfields of physics as well as address concerns particular to physicists in the early stages of their careers.
The first CAM Conference was held in 2003 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, with the responsibilities for hosting subsequent conferences rotating among the three participating countries. The hosting of CAM Conferences rotates among the 3 countries--the United States in 2005, Canada in 2007, with a return to Mexico for its fourth cycle in 2009. The 2011 Canadian-American-Mexican Physics Graduate Student Conference (CAM2011) was hosted by the American Physical Society in Washington D.C., from September 29th to October 1st, 2011.
The 2011 Canadian-American-Mexican Physics Graduate Student Conference (CAM2011) was hosted by the American Physical Society in Washington D.C., from September 29th to October 1st, 2011. Along with the scientific presentations, 2 additional panel discussions helped the international audience of graduate students to better understand the important contributions of scientists beyond laboratory research. These panel discussions were: 1) “Careers in Science Policy – Challenges, Opportunities, and Case Examples;” and 2) “Science, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy – Role of Scientific Societies & Other NGOs.”
A total of 103 graduate students attended from the three countries. From Canada, 28 students participated (7 female), with 31 (7 female) and 44 students (15 female) attending from Mexico and the United States, respectively. Generous support from the U.S. Liaison Committee (USLC) for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics helped ensure the attendance of graduate students and invited speakers from Mexico.
THE 27th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IUPAP
The 27th General Assembly was held at the Institute of Physics (IOP) in London, UK from October 31 to November 4, 2011. This meeting was sponsored by the IOP, which provided the meeting facilities. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and STFC's ISIS Neutron and Muon Source kindly hosted visits to their scientific facilities. The U.S. was represented at the General Assembly by a six member delegation. The 6 U.S. delegates were: Samuel D. Bader (Chair), Argonne National Laboratory; Amy K. Flatten, American Physical Society; Vansudevan Lakshiminarayanan, University of Waterloo; Patricia McBride, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Peter Mohr, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and José N. Onuchic, Rice University.
- The U.S. delegation presented several resolutions at the 2011 IUPAP General Assembly, such as reestablishing an IUPAP working group on energy.
- Also, in response to another U.S. resolution, additional wording was introduced to the IUPAP statement of Free Circulation of Scientists to update it. The following is an excerpt of the statement with the additional terms in italics: “…opposing any discrimination on the basis of such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, gender preference, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age….”
- Other resolutions of major interest that passed included endorsement by IUPAP that 2013 should be designated The International Year of Crystallography, and that 2015 be designated The International Year of Light.
Vice President Elected from the Commission Chairs (2011-2014): Katharine Gebbie (C 15), National Institute of Standards and Technology. U.S. representatives also serve on all IUPAP Commissions.