Budapest AE Report

Physics and Engineering Section

Section Meeting, Sept. 21, 2006 

Present:
Norbert Kroo,    Juri Engelbrecht,    Jan S. Vaagen,      Niels Hansen
Denes Berenyi,   Ionel V. Vlad,       Laszlo P. Csernai


Norbert Kroo has resigned from Section leadership to Council and
proposed Laszlo P. Csernai to succeed him as section leader. 
Council has accepted the proposal and appointed Csernai as
section leader.
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AE plans to reorganize its operations for increased level of
activity and visibility. The plans will be out for hearing in about a
month, and feedback is requested from the sections during November.
By the end of the year the modified by-laws of AE will be completed
and will be up for decision.

The envisaged changes include selection section chairs for a 3 year
term, extendable for one more term at most. Section chairs will become
members of the council. Section committees will include both appointed
and elected members, in about equal numbers, with some mechanism of
rotation also.
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Norbert Kroo has reported some recent advances in starting up the
ERC operation. The Scientific council is in the process of appointing
panel chairs and 10 panel members in each panel. In addition each
of the 22 members of the ERC Scientific Council is assigned to one
panel (but not to their own field of science).   There will be 2
panels in physics and 1 in material science.   

The plans of the first call are already introduced at the Web site
of ERC.  About 200-300 young scientists will receive ERC grant in the
first year. The Council/Panels will interview about 500 finalists
before selecting the awardees. Applicants will be at postdoctoral
level, not more than 10 years after that they received their Ph.D.
degrees. 

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In line with the intended changes and a desired higher level of
AE activity and visibility, the section meeting has discussed 
possible future actions: 

a) Section members (as all MAEs) will be called upon to stand up
for the mission and goals of AE and for general academic values,
publicly, individually, and in groups, forming local chapters
or other associations. Membership must not be considered as a
one time recognition, rather as being part of an activity for
our mission.  (The introduction of subscription fees is another
way to express the need of participation in the work of AE.)

b) Research. The activity of AE was concentrated to workshops
and conferences organized centrally in most cases, although
Article 2/2(a) of AE's bylaws envisages formation of study 
groups for goals in agreement with the mission of AE.  
Section members are encouraged to initiate such activities
and let them managed by the AE administration alone or
jointly with other Academies or Universities. This will
secure adequate Academic management, and in addition to
better visibility it will also contribute to improve the 
financial situation of AE.

c) Education. Section members are called upon to promote
top quality research based education. Concrete plans and ideas
are welcome. Tendencies to turn universities to low level
mass education must be opposed effectively. 
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Jan Vaagen has proposed and initiated an Energy Project with
a group of interested MAEs 
This is envisaged as a joint project with the involvement of
EASAC and EPS's Technology Group. EU financial support and/or
National support is planned to be applied for. 

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