The World Year of Physics was a collaborate event that many countries across the world participated in. Some highlights of the worldwide collaboration include:
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.
Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development
October 31November 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.