CQT supports Institute of Physics Singapore meeting at NUS

Two-day meeting encourages Singapore's standing as a hot spot for research in physics.
28 February 2012

CQT was proud to support the Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS) 2012 meeting, held 23-24 February at NUS. The meeting drew some 180 physicists from across the island to present their research and to network.

The Institute of Physics Singapore Meeting 2012.

The IPS programme for 2012 featured 77 talks, 2 plenary lectures and 68 posters

"The IPS Meeting 2012 is another step in our exciting journey to make Singapore a place where premier physics research is carried out," wrote President of the IPS Kwek Leong Chuan and Chair of the programme committee Christian Kurtsiefer in the programme book's foreword. Both are Principal Investigators at CQT. Kwek also has an appointment at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and Christian as Professor at NUS. "While there are numerous meetings we all attend all the time, let's make sure that we form an identity as physicists here in Singapore," they wrote.

The pair joined colleagues from NUS, the Nanyang Technological University and A*STAR in planning the programme for the IPS Meeting 2012. Other CQTians Markus Baden, Alexander Ling, Chui Theng Chan and Evon Tan joined forces with NUS physicists to form the organising committee. The team effort brought about a successful meeting, setting the stage for the IPS to repeat the event in 2013.

Markus noted in a post on the CQT blog QuantumBlah that the meeting is modeled after gatherings of other national research bodies, such as the American Physical Society, with talks in plenary, invited and contributed slots, poster sessions and exhibitors. Unlike the mammoth APS meetings, however, Markus observes that the IPS meeting "comfortably fits into three seminar rooms and the connecting hallways".

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