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AAPPS congratulates Brian P. Schmidt for winning

2011 Nobel Physics Prize


AAPPS congratulates Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt, and Adam G. Riess on winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The award in physics was for the groundbreaking discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.


Shoji Nagamiya and Brian P. Schmidt exchanged congratulatory letters each other as follows.



[ Letter to Schmidt ]



[ Letter to Nagamiya ]





Asia-Europe Physics Summit Meeting Held in Wroclaw


The second Asia-Europe Physics Summit Meeting (ASEPS) was held in Wroclaw, Poland on October 26-29, 2011. The meeting was jointly organized by the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) and the European Physical Society (EPS). The respective representatives of the AAPPS and the EPS, which included both scientists and policy makers, participated in Working Groups which aimed to address specific issues related to the effective collaboration in physics research between scientists, institutions, and funding bodies in Asia and in Europe. The five Working Groups gave recommendations regarding:


-large scale infrastructures and networks;

-energy and sustainable development;

-improved education for science and industry;

-the mobility of scientists, exchange programmes and job opportunities; and

-cooperation between industry and academia.


The ASEPS participants approved the ASEPS2 Recommendations and the Wroclaw Statement. After the informative plenary talks, the Wroclaw Statement, which recognizes ��the need for continued cooperation in the future among learned societies in Asia and Europe in addressing scientific and social issues,�� was signed by Professor Shoji Nagamiya, AAPPS President and Professor Luisa Cifarelli, EPS President. The Wroclaw Statement is as follows.



Wroclaw Statement


The representatives of the European Physcical Society (EPS) and the Association of Asia Pacific PhysicalSocieties (AAPPS) met during the Second Asia Europe Physics Summit (ASEPS2) held in Wroclaw, Poland, October 26-29, 2001. Both societies have agreed on the follwing.




1. EPS and AAPPS honor the first MOU on ASEPS jointly signed in Tsukuba, Japan in 2010. Following on its spirit, both societies recognize the need for continued cooperation in the future among learned societies in Asia and Europe in addressing scientific and societal issues.


2. The ASEPS meetings will be held regularly in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC) and an appropriate conference organized by the EPS in Europe. The interval between the successive meetings of ASEPS should not exceed two years at most.


3. EPS and AAPPS respect the recommendations from the five Working Groups at the meeting of ASEPS2, which are attached as supporting documents.


4. The current task force of ASEPS will continue to plan the organization of future ASEPS meetings in consultation with EPS and AAPPS.


5. The ASEPS meetings anre open to all interested parties in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. We strongly encourage them to join the future ASEPS meetings.