PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

as a “Physics for Development” initiative in COVID times

The APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) is pleased to announce the PHYSICS MATTERS on-line colloquia series. The main goal of these on-line colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program of FIP is to support international engagement for APS among students and early career physicists, targeting developing community audiences, especially in a time when, due to the COVID pandemic, travel is difficult or even impossible.

Watch the PHYSICS MATTERS trailer below

Credits: @CERN, video editor and director: Samuel Hertzog, authors: Paola Catapano and Luisa Cifarelli

The first phase of the PHYSICS MATTERS series took place in the fall of 2020 from November to December, with weekly colloquia. These were pre-RECORDED video colloquia, each made available without registration for several days to ease its access no matter the time zone. All the speakers were asked to talk in a way that could stimulate curiosity and create a flow of ideas that is both educational and interesting to a broad community.
The recordings of the 2020 program can still be viewed from this web page (see below).
In 2021 we plan to continue the PHYSICS MATTERS series with LIVE on-line colloquia that will primarily target and involve some test centers, selected from within the partner countries of the SESAME project (Synchrotron-Light for
Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), a project supported by the APS.
Our goal is however to enlarge the audience to as many developing communities as possible and share those exciting colloquia with the public. Hence, FIP wants to build capacity and enable developing communities. The live events will be organized in coordination with in-country physics societies and knowledgeable diaspora to ensure good video connections. Of course, they will be also open to all APS FIP members and FIP friends.  

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“PHYSICS MATTERS to celebrate the 100 years of existence of the IUPAP”

Tuesday November 22, 2022
16:00 CET (10 AM EDT)

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The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has turned 100 years old in 2022!

A centennial event has been organised on July 14-18, 2022.
This PHYSICS MATTERS forum will gather IUPAP and APS governances, who will discuss their feedback and their critical insights w.r.t the role of Physics in the current international arena.

The panelists are composed of:

  • Michel SPIRO (IUPAP President)
  • Silvina Ponce Dawson (IUPAP President designated)
  • Laura Greene (former APS President)
  • Monica Pepe-Altarelli (IUPAP)


NB: Save Also the date for the APS March Meeting (
A session ( #744430) is planned on Tuesday March 7th at 3-6 pm, 2023 to enlighten the IUPAP achievements.