PhysNet activities in the Netherlands
My access to the internet is via the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics
One can find PhysNet by clicking on the mainpage, first column, second line:
General Information. In the General Information page
PhysNet is found in the third paragraph, first line: "More Information".
The Original EPS WEBSITE (1993) was placed at
The Netherlands' Physical Society (Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging, NNV)
My personal Website is at www.nikhef.nl/~ed.
At this personal harddisk I keep the Website of the EPS Education Division.
The World Year of PhysicsThe main purpose of WYP is to raise a worldwide public awareness for physics and more generally for physical sciences. The perception of physics and its importance in our daily life has decreased in the General Public to such a low level that the number of physics students in High Schools and Universities has dramatically declined over the past few years. In order to address this problem, it is important that the European and National Physical Societies become more active in sharing their visions and convictions about physics with politicians and the public in general.
The great contributions of physics during the last centuries to the development of Science and Technology and its impact on our society might be evident to us physicists, but not to everybody. At the dawn of the 21st century the interdisciplinary role of physics will further increase and help in solving crucial problems arising in our world such as energy production, environmental protection or public health.
The choice of the year 2005 as "WYP" refers to the 100th anniversary of
the "Miraculous Year" of Albert Einstein, when he wrote his legendary
articles which turned out to be the basis of three fundamental fields
Albert Einstein, who can be viewed as the first "international" physicist of the 20th century, realised most of his research work in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Einstein, the physicist and the man, being so famous in the general public, will be the emblematic "flag" for this World Year of Physics.
What could be the main axes of the World Year of Physics?
List of possible actions to be planned for WYP:
To secure the success of these events, the full support of national governments
and of international organisations like the European Union or UNESCO is needed.
For the preparation of this important event, EPS asks every National Physical
Society to establish a specific "2005-WYP" Committee and deliberates on the type
of actions that they want to launch at the scientific and political level.
EPS opened a special WYP2005 website at www.eps.org/wyp2005/wyp2005.html
IUPAP, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, in its 24th meeting in Berlin, 9 - 12 October 2002, decided to promote this EPS initiative.