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 country 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 in the future to as many developing countries as possible. 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.  

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Building Capacity for Palestine Research and Innovation
October 28, 2021  
10 am EDT (4 pm CET)

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The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Ghaleb Natour (RWTH Aachen University). The whole duration will be about 90 min.

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour will discuss the Palestinian-German Science Bridge (PGSB) as a vector to build capacity for Palestine Research and Innovation. The PGSB is a pilot project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and implemented jointly by Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and Palestinian Academy for Science and Technology PALAST to develop a joint research and education program. it provides the most brilliant science and technology graduates from Palestinian universities with access to state-of-the-art equipment for the experimental part of their Master's thesis and the possibility to follow up with a Ph.D. thesis project in Jülich.

The long-term vision of the PGSB is using the high level of science and technology in Europe to help establish infrastructure enabling research and innovation at Palestinian universities and institutions also in connection to regional research centers like SESAME.

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour was born in Qalansawa (Israel) in 1960, is a Palestinian, Israeli and German citizen, has lived in Germany since 1979, studied physics in Heidelberg, worked as a scientist and engineering & technology manager in Aachen, Germany for 18 years. Today he is institute director at Forschungszentrum Jülich and university professor at RWTH Aachen University. Prof. Natour is co-founder and chairman of the board of the Association for the Promotion of Peace in Israel and Palestine and co-founder and CEO of the German-Arab Bridge for Innovation in Science and Technology. Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour is the initiator and scientific director of the Palestinian-German Science Bridge (PGSB) project started in 2017.

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