Conference report: 25 years of EPL
Jun 13, 2011
The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich was the setting last month for a special event to mark 25 years of the research journal EPL. The academy, which is housed in one wing of the grand Residenz complex, was an appropriate and symbolic venue for the conference. Just as the Residenz buildings were entirely rebuilt after the Allied bombing of the Second World War, so EPL is playing its own part in restoring European physics to its former glory.
Originally known as Europhysics Letters (it was rebranded in 2007), EPL was set up to promote and showcase the very best of European physics research by publishing short "letter" articles exploring the frontiers of physics. To mark the anniversary, the organizers invited a string of top speakers and flew in more than 100 students and postdocs from across Europe to create a lively, international feel. The video above includes soundbites from seven delegates, speakers and those involved in journal itself.
- Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Elinor Bailey, University College London, UK
- Ivan Gnesi, University of Turin, Italy
- Angela Oleandri, Italian Physical Society
- Marcel Hoffmann, Gymnasium Höchstadt an der Aisch, Germany
- Jonathan Payne, University College London, UK
- David Lee, European Physical Society
Don't miss the shots of the conference dinner, which was held in one of Munich’s best known restaurants – the atmospheric Hofbräukeller – which included a fabulous four-course buffet. You will spot the familiar cracking open of a Bavarian beer barrel to launch the dinner, which was performed by Martin Huber, chairman of the EPL Association's board of directors. Who says physicists have it tough?
About the author
Matin Durrani is editor of Physics World