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International World Year of Physics

 
 

The World Year of Physics was a collaborate event that many countries across the world participated in. Some highlights of the worldwide collaboration include:

Paris Conference
January 13-January 15, 2005 in Paris, France
The kickoff for the International Year of Physics was a launch conference titled “Physics for Tomorrow.” Students (ages 17-21) from many different countries attended the conference, where Nobel Prize winners and other prominent scientists lectured and participated in panel discussions. Session topics included overviews of rapidly advancing fields such as nanotechnology and neutrinos, physics education and outreach, and discussions of the role of physics in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Read Ernie's World Year of Physics Blog.

World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development
October 31–November 2, 2005 in Durban, South Africa
This conference offered a unique opportunity for the international physics community to come together and formulate a plan for tackling some of the large problems facing the world. In the past physics has made tremendous contributions to the health and welfare of people and nations. However, many of these contributions have benefited people in the developed world more than those in the developing world. The World Conference gave the physics community the chance to begin working with colleagues in the developing world to bring more benefits to their world.

Physics Young Ambassadors Symposium
December 31, 2005 – January 4, 2006 in Taipei, Taiwan
As a closing event for the World Year of Physics, students from about 20 different countries attended a special symposium. These students, ages 10 – 18, were chosen to attend the event through national talent searches. Students attended a wide variety of events, including presentations by distinguished physicists, a “physics is fun” session with hands-on activities, a poster session for the students to present their work, a cultural evening, sight seeing tours in Taipei and the surrounding area, and an awards ceremony honoring the students’ achievements in physics.

For more information about how other countries celebrated the World Year of Physics, click on the links below (some may not be maintained).

World Year of Physics International Website (maintained by the European Physical Society)

Europe

Albania
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Israel
Lithuania
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Africa

South Africa

Latin and North America

Canadian Physical Society: English, French
Cuba

Asia

China
India
Korea
Japan

Taiwan

 
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