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Open Readings – YM BAA 2017

OpenReadings

60th international conference for students of physics and natural sciences “Open Readings 2017” took place on 14-17th of March, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference gathered more than 300 presenters from 20 different countries all-around Europe while creating an interactive platform for sharing knowledge, scientific results and best practices in the fields of physics and natural sciences.


The four day conference was full of activities, including but not limited to the mentioned students’ oral and poster sessions, workshop on scientific publishing and discussion on career in science, but, of course, the highlight of the conference were the invited speakers – world-known scientists, top of the top in their fields:
  • Prof. Ben Feringa (Netherlands) – 2016 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, h-index: 103;
  • Prof. John Ellis (UK) – one of the most known theoretical physicist working at CERN, h-index: 150;
  • Prof. Philip Russell (Germany) – former president of OSA and leader in the field of photonic crystal fibers, h-index: 86;
  • Prof. Michael Graetzel (Switzerland) – Millennium Technology Prize laureate, 3rd most cited chemist in the world, h-index: 207;
  • Prof. Xi-Cheng Zhang (USA) – one of the best known researchers of THz technologies, h-index: 70;
  • Prof. Eugenio Coccia (Italy) – co-author of the gravitational waves discovery, h-index: 43;
  • Prof. Naomi Halas (USA) – one of the leaders in the field of plasmonics and the use of nanoparticles in cancer treatment, h-index: 106.
  • Prof. Robin Lovell-Badge (UK) – active scientist and policy maker in the field of genetics, h-index: 66;
  • Prof. Frederik Clayessens (UK) – novel material creator by using various light sources, h-index: 23;
The importance to motivate young minds to pursue their scientific path is of an extreme importance, the students are the force who is pushing the motors of science. It seems that taking attention of over 5000 science enthusiasts coming to the conference venue and watching lectures online – let’s us make the assumption the conference did it’s job. It was the biggest scientific conference in the Lithuania.


The full program and more pictures of the event can be found at: http://www.openreadings.eu/


Naples PONYS section – YM BAA 2016

12977164_1063944126998939_7464643876718535501_oThe Young Minds Best Activities Award 2016 by EPL has been committed to the Naples PONYS section. The ceremony has been held during the 5th YM Leadership meeting in Budapest on the 16th of July.
In a competition between the 36 European sections, the Naples group has been distinguished by the activities carried out in the field of outreach, professional development and networking.

The Game of Physics – YM BAA 2015

2015_Valla_Game_12Within the framework of the “Open–door day” in the Science Faculty of University of Valladolid, three workshops of 30 minutes were carried out in parallel, with three physics areas: Thermodynamics, Optics and Electromagnetism. The main objective of this project was to approach physics knowledge to high school students in an attractive way taking advantage of the popular TV-series “Game of Thrones”.

In the Thermodynamics workshop (set in House Targaryen), the students discovered the following experiments/topics:

  • Two ping-pong balls get closer blowing in the space between them (Bernouilli effect).
  • Water boiling with a temperature below 100°C, due to low pressure.
  • A bottle filled with hot air is deformed by atmospheric pressure.
  • A cloud of alcohol is created by depressurization.
  • Dry ice is used to illustrate the different densities of CO2 and air.
  • The Leidenfrost effect is shown burning hands with a mixture of water, hairspray and soap.

In the Optics workshop (set in House Baratheon), the following concepts are explained:

  • Basic concepts of reflection, refraction, limit angle and optical fibre.
  • Invisibility by the same refraction index of Pyrex and sunflower oil.
  • A homemade vapour-display creates a screen of water vapour (laminar flow), the interaction light-matter is introduced.
  • A PC-monitor without its polarizing film cannot display any image. Linear polarizers are used to recover the image and to show the total extinction.
  • A set of four mirrors is adequately placed in order to banish a person (cloaking effect). A 3D image is achieved with an acetate pyramid and a video (holograms).

In the Electromagnetism workshop (located Beyond the Wall), the students discover the following phenomena:

  • The electromagnetic force is shown on aluminium strips and soap bubbles. This concept is also illustrated with a Van der Graaf generator.
  • A ferromagnetic fluid, iron filings, magnets and a magnetic field visualizer are used to show the magnetic field.
  • A magnetic levitation kit is used to illustrate the power of the magnetic force.
  • A plasma sphere and a Tesla coil with a light bulb become two ways to reproduce an aurora borealis.

The students filled a questionnaire (accessible by a QR code) and the results were very impressive: the activity got a score of 4.8 of 5, and most of them want to repeat an experience like this. 26 out 200 (13% of the participants) express their intention to study Physics after seeing our activity.

This show has been performed four times through June 2015 with a total audience close to 1,000 viewers. In May 2015, this activity was awarded the EPL Best YM Activity Award 2015 during the 4th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting.

Debrecen YM BAA 2014

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Moscow YM BAA 2013

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