International Year of Light 2015

2015 was declared by the 68th UN General Assembly together with UNESCO as the "Year of the light and its technologies" (IYL2015). The purpose is to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges touching our personal and professional lives.

One would like to convince as many individuals as well as groups from schools, clubs, universities and companies to organize actions within the themes "Light in Nature", "Light and Culture", "Light Technology" and "Science of Light". Information on planned presentations, projects, seminars and exhibitions can be uploaded to the IYL site, where they are added after a short evaluation by the IYL-office to the IYL2015 calendar.

Welcome to the Swiss Physical Society !

Joint Annual Meeting 2015

The next annual meeting will be organised already for the forth time (after 2009, 2011 and 2013) jointly with the ÖPG (Austrian Physical Society), SSAA (Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy) and ÖGAA (Austrian Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy). It will take place from 1 - 4 September 2015 at the TU Vienna. Reserve these dates already. Detailed information will be published here in spring.


Careers for Physicists 2015

22. April 2015, 16:15 - 19:00, Uni Zürich, Rämistr. 101, Kol-F-101

Auch dieses Jahr veranstalten wir wieder gemeinsam mit der PGZ und verschiedenen Studentenfachschaften ein "Careers for Physicists" Symposium. Die mittlerweile traditionsreiche Veranstaltung gibt PhysikstudentInnen Einblicke, in welch unterschiedlichen Bereichen Physiker arbeiten und welche Karrierechancen sich bieten.



    • New Articles:
    • The SPS-Communications No. 45 will appear in Spring 2015.
    • On 17 November 2014 SPS president Minh Quang Tran and Maciej Ogorzałek, Poland were elected as new members of the Committee of the Physics & Engineering Section of the Academia Europaea.
      The other members are: Joerg Aichelin, France - Tamás Csörgő, Hungary - Pavel Exner, Czech Republic, Vice-chair - Sydney Galès, France - Muhsin N. Harakeh, The Netherlands, Chair - Karlheinz Langanke, Germany - Jan S. Vaagen, Bergen, Norway.
      We congratulate our current president to this honorful election, which may be seen as another good European link for our society.
    • Our president, who is working in the field of fusion, was also elected for the position of Vice Chair of the Plasma Physics Commission C16 of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). IUPAP elected the members of its various commissions at its General Assembly on 7 November.


    Survey about publication practices and performance measurement practices in science

    As part of the FAceS project, the Chair for Strategy and Organization (Prof. Isabell M. Welpe) at the Technische Universität München, Germany, is currently conducting a survey about publication practices and performance measurement in science.

    To attain representative knowledge about publication practices and performance measurement across different countries and disciplines (e.g., physics), they are particularly interested in your assessment and specifications on this topic.

    Participation in this survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants will be offered the chance to participate in the raffle for an iPad mini. A summary of the results of the survey can be obtained upon request.

    Please click on the following link to access the survey:

    We would be very happy if you would participate in this survey and contribute to the success of this study.

    For questions, comments or further information please do not hesitate to contact the survey team via e-mail.