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Career orientation conference for PHD students

img_20170616_092519We took part in the organising the seventh DOFFI Conference, which is an event for hungarian PhD students in the field of physics to present their research and to learn about the others’ as well. The annual conference is also a great opportunity for the students to connect and build networks with academics and each other, too.
The event itself was four days long. Each day was divided into 15-minute sessions. During these sessions the students had 12 minutes to present their work. After that there were 3-minute periods when an assigned discussant, an academic of the student’s field and the audience could analyse and give feedback on the work and presentation.The students could also present their work on posters that were shown throughout the whole conference.
Academics were invited each day to hold plenary lectures about the newest research topics, this year for example about transport properties of graphene-BiTeI hybrid structures and the effect of virtual reality on human balance.
Several companies that employ physicists (e.g. Morgan Stanley) were invited to give presentations on the opportunities a student can get if they choose to work for them.
There was also a forum for discussing the difficulties that affect the community of physisists.
The conference was held in Balatonfenyves, a small town next to lake Balaton, where the participants could relax and go to the beach each day.
We hope that the participants learned a lot, and got to know each other.

Webpage with abstracts, pictures and program:
http://doffi.elte.hu/

Physics for everyone LIVE

jet-quenchingPrimarily we designed this program for primary and secondary school pupils. During the day the kids could choose several type of activities. We cooperated with some academic teachers from Eötvös Loránd University and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, that gave some lectures about Cosmology, Big Bang Theory and etc. Besides these lectures we wanted to show some interesting physics experiments from the everyday physics and modern physics, like how to use apps for measuring the sound intensity, and how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen, and we had a self-made cloud chamber. During this time some of our people made some spectacular explosions in the yard. We considered it is important to speak about the new energy resources, so we made a special corner for the fusion power, with the help of the guys from the Wigner Research Center. During these activities the Wigner Research Center made available for us their moving experimental station (the all-colour of Physics bus). This is an interactive exhibition about the wide range of physics of nanostructures. We had more than one thousand visitors just in the University, it is twice as much as last year, and we have more than ten thousand visitors across country because many school joined to our program . After the event we asked the visitors what they thought about the activities. We got many positive responses, and i think in this event we learned a lot about the technics of of presentation and any other skill so we can do this better next year.

We have some pictures in here : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4R1tDrTxGkWQWJKc0gwbHFOM2c

Researchers Night Budapest 2016

IMG_5332The main goal of this well-known EU project is to raise public awareness to the everyday influence of research in our life. We have taken out our part in the International initiation by organising a physics related event at the Eötvös University on the 30th of September 2016. This is now a traditional program for us every year: it is an open and free event for any curious person, but every year our main focus is on families, teenagers and younger children. There were some easily understandable and entertaining scientific presentation, which were presented by renewed researchers and students alike, with topics from the most novel and interesting research areas and present the tools of science. During the whole afternoon and evening (for seven hours) there were five thematic demonstration stands with over a 100 different experiments (the five themes were: thermodynamics, electromagnetism, modern physics, mechanics and liquids). The participants were be able to try out most of the non-dangerous experiments themselves, many of which can be easily reproduced at home. There were at least two presenters at each table, who were mostly physics students, and there were additional organisers who have taken small sized groups to the digital planetary at the campus. with the help of the staff of our Astronomical Department at the university. This event was another evidence that with the cooperation of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society, the two local universities (Eötvös Loránd University and the Budapest University of Technology and Econimics) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Institutes we can organise a professional and interesting Physics Researchers Night event in Budapest.

Pictures can be found at: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnNl0GK68LZFi0Rky5-05C7QkIAS

Náboj Physics in Budapest 2016

BudapestPhysics Náboj is an international physics competition designed for teams of five high-school students that represent their schools. The problems in Náboj differ considerably from the routine school exercises which usually require only direct application of a given method: the Náboj problems require certain amount of inventiveness and ingenuity. Success in the competition is not depend on the individual abilities of the team members only but also on their efficient cooperation. This year the competition was held on the 4th of November 2016 at the exact same time at different locations, different countries.

The Hungarian part of the Náboj Physics was hosted by the Budapest Young Minds Section in Budapest, and we were able to organize the competition for 70 high school students without a registration fee. Teams were competing in two categories, Juniors and Seniors. The Junior category was open only for teams with all members attending first or second grade of a 4-year high school (or a corresponding grade in 5- or 8-year high school). The Senior category was open to any team consisting of high school students. The competition lasted 120 minutes during which the teams were trying to solve as many given problems as possible.

At the beginning of the competition each team received eight problems. As soon as the team correctly solved any of the problems, it received a new one. The solutions of the problems were mostly numerical. The winner was the team that solved most problems correctly in the given time limit. The difficulty of the problems was appropriate both for students inexperienced in physics competitions and for students who have already succeeded in Physics Olympiad or seminars. This was achieved by arranging the problems in order of their perceived difficulty. This year as the years before the professional quality of the problems were guaranteed by the organizers of Physics Correspondence Seminar part of Trojsten. After the competition and before the announcement of the results Dálya Gergely, a member of the Gravitational research group in the Eötvös University, held an informative lecture about gravitational waves for the students and the accompanying teachers. In the end, the best teams received certificates and prizes, like T-shirts, first-class physics literature (used worldwide for preparation for studying physics), and complimentary ticket to the CSOPA Science Center.
More about the competition: https://physics.naboj.org
Pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/us4Q5E2LnbNjQKKs6

Physics for Everyone

img_20160416_145008The main goal of the project was to raise public awareness to the everyday influence of physics in our life. Physics themed presentations were held in the whole country organised by the Hungarian EPS member ELFT, and we took our part in the project by organising the main flagship event at the Eötvös University. This was an open and free event for any curious persons, but our main focus was on families, teenagers and younger children. There were three 60 minute long easily understandable and entertaining scientific lectures. The lectures were presented by renewed scientists and students alike, with topics from the most novel and interesting research areas. During the whole afternoon and evening (for seven hours) there were four thematic demonstration stands with over a 100 different experiments (the four themes were: thermodynamics, electromagnetism, mechanics and fluid dynamics). The participants were also able to try out most of the non-dangerous experiments themselves. There were at least two presenters at each table, who were mostly physics students, and there will were additional organisers who have shown modern physics simulations and optical experiments at the lecture hall to small sized groups.There there was also an hourly rocket and explosion experiment in the open, and one of our guests lifted a car with PET bottles. We and the ELFT are happy to have organised this event a second time, and we hope to grow this national event to an international celebration for physics in the following years.

Videos and photos are available at: https://goo.gl/photos/Bh2VS11byUbBUZDp8

DOFFI Conference 2016

PrintWe have taken part in organising an annual Conference to hungarian PHD students.
The DOFFI Conference gave Physics PhD students from Hungary a chance to present their research and in return, gain an insight about the work being carried out by fellow students. Through a relaxed and friendly environment, it also gave attendees a chance to network with academics and students to create and strengthen professional relationships.
The four-day event was split into sessions which were chaired by top hungarian academics in the field. Student presenters of the sessions had the opportunity to receive feedback from an assigned discussant and the audience. The sessions were organised as the following:
A presenter gave a presentation of their own paper (10 minutes).
A discussant gave a short critical analysis of the presenter’s work (5 minutes).
All of the audience was given the opportunity to present their work in a poster. This took place during the whole of the conference.
The PHD students also participated in daily plenary lectures with current research topics (for example gravity waves or the dark photons).
Several physicist employing companies presented themselves to offer different jobs (e.g.Morgan Stanley).
We organised a forum discussions on issues affecting the physicist community.
We hope that the participant learned a lot, and got to know each other.

Webpage with abstracts, pictures and program:
http://doffi.elte.hu/

Researchers Night Budapest

2015_Buda_Night05The Budapest YM Section participated in the international outreach initiation called “Researchers Night” by organising a physics related event at the Eötvös University. This was an open and free event for any curious person, but our main focus was on families, teenagers and younger children. Altogether in the end we had around eight hundred participants during the night, most of the visitors were families and student groups with teachers.

There were a couple short, easily understandable and entertaining scientific presentation. The presentation were presented by renewed researchers and students alike, with topics from the most novel and interesting research areas, showcasing the methodology of scientific research. During the whole afternoon and evening (for seven hours) there were five thematic demonstration stands with over a 100 different experiments (the five themes were: thermodynamics, electromagnetism, modern physics, mechanics and liquids). The participants were able to try out most of the non-dangerous experiments themselves, many of which can be easily reproduced at home. Some grand experiments were presented on the bank of the Danube on an hourly basis . There were two to four presenters at each table, mostly physics students.

In cooperation with the Roland Eötvös Physical Society, the two local universities (Eötvös Loránd University and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Institutes we organised a professional and interesting Physics Researchers Night event in Budapest. With the help of the Hungarian Astronautical Society, we also had a poster session in front of the experiments hall, where the participants could get a broad view of Hungarian scientific achievements in space.

DOFFI Conference 2015

2015_Buda_DOFFI03The Budapest YM Section took part in organizing a Conference to Hungarian PHD students.
The DOFFI Conference gave Physics PhD students from Hungary a chance to present their research and in return, gain an insight about the work being carried out by fellow students. Through a relaxed and friendly environment, it also gave attendees a chance to network with academics and students to create and strengthen professional relationships.
The three­day event (11-14 June 2015) was split into sessions which were chaired by top Hungarian academics in the field. Student presenters of the sessions had the opportunity to receive feedback from an assigned discussant and the audience. The sessions were organized as the following:
A presenter gave a presentation of their own paper (20 minutes).
A discussant gave a short critical analysis of the presenter’s work (5 minutes). A session led by a session leader followed (10 Minutes).
All of the audience was given the opportunity to present their work in a poster. This took place during the whole of the conference.
The PHD students also participated in daily plenary lectures with current research topics (for example gravity waves or the Higgs­Boson).
Several physicist employing companies presented themselves to offer different jobs. We organised a forum discussions on issues affecting the physicist community.
We hope that the participant learned a lot, and got to know each other.

Webpage with abstracts, pictures and program:
http://doffi.elte.hu/

Light Research Seminar Day

BudapestThe Budapest YM Section organized a special seminar to presented current Hungarian light based researches. Recognized scientists from the research industry performed lectures on a variety of topics. The target audience consisted of two parts: pre­ and postgraduate students who would like to find a new research areas and young scientists who would like to get to know each other’s works. The presented wide scale of topics on light based science and technology have an important part in research, ranging from optics to astronomy or biological physics.

­­­­Three presenters from different institutions presented their activities: Fáth Gábor from Morgan Stanley, Rácz Ervin from ELI­ALPS and Patay Gergely from Mediso Medical Imaging Systems.
We asked a lecturer specially to introduce the largest current scientific research project in Hungary, the ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI­ALPS) of Szeged. The seminar room was at the ELTE Lagymanyos Campus. The lecturers made 30 minutes long presentations on their research subjects and after the participants asked questions from the lecturer and discussed ideas. We planned to organize a whole day long interesting and high quality seminar on light, but it turned out the timing was unfortunately not too good. Because of the end of the semester and the exam period, we had a little less participants then expected. However, those who were present (participants and lecturers alike) had a very positive experience, one our participants has already successfully applied for a job he heard from one of the presenters, he started to work in that job in the private sector.
We learned from this event that in the future we should look for an alternative date for the seminar, and we should focus more on career opportunities than on thematic research area presentations.

Physics for everyone project at ELTE

2015_Budap_P4E03The main goal of the project was to raise public awareness to the everyday influence of physics in our life. Physics themed presentations were held in the whole country organised by the Hungarian EPS member ELFT, and we took our part in the project by organising the main flagship event at the Eötvös University. This was an open and free event for any curious persons, but our main focus was on families, teenagers and younger children. There were four 30 minute long easily understandable and entertaining scientific lectures. The lectures were presented by renewed scientists and students alike, with topics from the most novel and interesting research areas. During the whole afternoon and evening (for seven hours) there were five thematic demonstration stands with over a 100 different experiments (the five themes were: thermodynamics, electromagnetism, modern physics, mechanics and a darkroom for optical experiments). The participants were also able to try out most of the non­dangerous experiments themselves. There were at least four presenters at each table, who were mostly physics students, and there will were additional organisers who have taken small sized groups to the digital planetary at the campus.There were also interesting astronomical lectures every hour in the afternoon, and there was also an hourly rocket and explosion experiment in the open. We and the ELFT aim to grow this national event to an international celebration for physics in the following years.