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4th YM Meeting 2015

3rd Young Minds Leadership Meeting Paris

ICFOOn 29-30 May 2015, the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona hosted the 4th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting. 22 YM Sections took part to the event, representing 12 countries all around Europe.
All the Section had the opportunity to present their activities. The Physics League, YM Section of the University of Valladolid in Spain, won the 2015 Best YM Activity Award with an amazing outreach show on Physics and Superpowers. This year the price was sponsored for its first time by the Euro Physics Letters (EPL).
ICFO was elected like one of the best place where such event can happen during the International Year of Light. Moreover, the institute offered a enviable rose of invited speaker that the young scientists had the opportunity to hear. Romain Quidant, leader of the Plasmon Nano-Optics Group, was invited to give a talk titled “Nano-Optics: When light gets us into the nanoworld”. Niek van Hulst, leader of the Molecular Nanophotonics group, gave an overview on the research made at ICFO by more than 20 research groups, bring the Institute to be one of the leading research centers in optics in the world. Finally Lydia Sanmarti-Vila, leader of the Knowledge & Technology Transfer Department, introduced all the institute outreach project aimed to bring photonics closer to the society.

The EPS activities had been presented by two interesting talks. A plenary one from Christophe Rossel, president of EPS, who gave through his own story a point of view on the relations between Physics and Society. And David Lee, the EPS Secretary General, who gave a talk about “The European Physics Community”, highlighting the importance of the YM project for the society itself, and the increasing need of interaction with European initiatives involved in policies for research.
Looking at the future, YM aims to realize activities for development countries. Lorenzo Giorgi, executive director Liter of Light Italy, and Barbara Capone, C.E.O. and project leader of the Sunshine 4 Palestine, introduced the YM members to the world of physics for development showing how the physicist work can be addressed to help needy communities.

Here you can find the meeting material: