World physicists ‘collide’

31 October 2011

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is hosting the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics’ (IUPAP) General Assembly this week.

World physicists ‘collide’

Delegates from national academies and physical societies including top universities and research institutes, from about 30 countries around the world - ranging from established countries through significant emerging countries and including developing countries - will be gathering at IOP in central London to maintain and strengthen ties between physicists worldwide.

The five day meeting, running from Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November, will include discussions of council, presentations from leading physicists, and the inauguration of IUPAP’s first female President, Cecilia Jarlskog from the Division of Mathematical Physics at Lund University in Sweden. 

Alongside discussion of initiatives planned to enhance international cooperation, including a proposal to organise an international year of light in 2015 and means of supporting a similar year for crystallography in 2013, delegates will receive presentations on international and UK developments in physics.

International scientific presentations will be made by Rolf Heuer, the Director General of CERN, about the world’s largest particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider, and by Chris Llewellyn Smith, President of SESAME council, on the pan-Middle Eastern project to build a third generation synchrotron-light source in Jordan, as a major initiative harnessing science for peaceful purposes in this key troubled region.

The UK physics programme will focus on the fields of: applied optics, plastic electronics, liquid crystals, graphene and photonics; and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source are kindly hosting visits to their facilities on the last day of the conference.

Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive at IOP and Secretary-General of IUPAP, said, “This week of meetings is a great opportunity for us to get together to strengthen the international development of physics.  Physics is a globally important intellectual endeavour that also has the power to be a major force for good contributing towards economic and social development, and to the resolution of the significant problems the world faces.”