Events, News, Publications
“Strange animals” in the spotlight
When protons or ions collide with targets or each other, they produce lots of new particles. Some of these are wanted, some are unwanted, but whatever their desired status – they need to be well understood. Neutrons, which belong to these products, are a particular challenge. Their characteristics such as their energy, direction and number are a pain to measure, but knowing them well brings many advantages to various branches of science and its applications. A novel experimental approach based on a new neutron spectrometer recently tested by members of the Laboratory for High-Energy Physics at the University of Bern in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano and its spin-off company Raylab yields promising results that appear to be even more versatile than expected.Image: U. Bern
A Symposium to celebrate the 400th birthday of Blaise Pascal
2023 marks the 400th birthday of the physicist, mathematician, engineer and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662). The Swiss and the Austrian Physical Society, in partnership with the French Physical Society, will organize a Symposium to celebrate this anniversary during their joint annual meeting in Basel in September.Image: Gérard Edelinck, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Bibliothèque du patrimoine
International Conference of Women in Science: Join Team Switzerland
For the eighth time, the "Women in Physics" conference will take place in India from 10 - 14 July. Interested parties can now register for the Swiss delegation.
International Day of Light 2023 - event planning starts now
The International Day of Light, organised by UNESCO, will take place on 16 May 2023. All individuals and institutions are invited to organise an event and register it in the global events calendar.Image: UNESCO
ISSI/ISSI-BJ 2023 Joint Call for Proposals for International Teams in Space and Earth Sciences
The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern (Switzerland) and ISSI-BJ in Beijing (China) invite proposals for establishing International Teams to conduct, at their respective meeting facilities, research in the Space and Earth Sciences.
Switzerland excluded from European planning of research infrastructures
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) was created to support a coherent and strategy-oriented approach to policy making in the area of major research infrastructures in Europe. As Switzerland is not associated with Horizon Europe, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, the Swiss ESFRI delegation and Swiss experts in the Strategic Working Groups (SWG) will no longer be invited to participate in ESFRI meetings and activities. According to Hans Rudolf Ott, Chairperson of the Round Table on Swiss Representation in International Organisations and Research Infrastructures (RoTIORI), organised by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), Switzerland has lost an important means of contributing to the shaping of the European research landscape as a result of this decision, particularly in the field of major infrastructures. RoTIORI now expects pragmatic solutions to be developed in the interest of the European research landscape.Image: ESFRI