IUPAP General Assembly, November 5-7, 2014 in Singapore
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is governed by its General Assembly, which meets every three years. The 28th General Assembly of IUPAP was held November 5-7, 2014 at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. For more details on the General Assembly’s program and public lectures, please consult the Nanyang Technological University’s website.
New ASESMA Dates and Location: January 19–30, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The USLC/IUPAP would like to highlight the upcoming African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA). This ASESMA has been rescheduled and moved to a new location. The school will now take place at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa from January 19-30, 2015. It will be the third school in an IUPAP-endorsed series that is planned biennially from 2010 to 2020.
The schools emphasize the theory and computational methods for predicting and understanding properties of materials through calculations at the fundamental level of electronic structure, with a focus on the issues in materials science most relevant to Africa. The USLC/IUPAP’s support for ASESMA is provided by private funds.
The Newly Reestablished IUPAP Energy Working Group
The mission of the Working Group on Energy shall be to:
- foster international scientific dialogue and cooperation in the physics of energy research and its applications
- explore interest in energy research and development beyond the physics discipline
- assess potential strategic paths forward with an objective of promoting awareness of the contrasting technological and socio-economic contexts of energy in each region
- consider drafting a resolution on creating a new IUPAP Commission on global energy perspectives or otherwise related to energy research and development with a clearly defined mission statement and support from member-country delegates
The 2015 International Year of Light
The International Year of Light is a global initiative which will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. The International Year of Light will consist of coordinated activities in science, education and development. These will ensure that people of all ages and all backgrounds from all countries appreciate the central role of light as the key cross-cutting scientific discipline of the 21st century.