Leuven AE Report

Physics and Engineering Section

Sept. 9-12, 2010
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P&E Section members present at the Section Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2010

M Farge (SC), LP Csernai (SC), J Ginsztler (SC), 
Z Rudzikas (SC), H Stoecker (SC), A Bradshaw,
N Kroo, NK Pak JS Vaagen, J Vandewalle D Weaire

Additional members attending the AE Annual General Conference:

J Deutsch, R Elliott, J Langer, P Neumann,
PM Schuster, A Vander Vorst, B Veltman

Section Committee (SC) members are indicated.

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Burgen, Csernai, Cloetingh, Vaagen, Coates, Ferrini, Csernai


See further pictures at the AE Info website.

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Elections - 18 new members:
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New Members 

    Physics                                     
Jörg Aichelin M 	1953 FR 
Stephen Mark Barnett M  UK
George Hadziioannou M 	1953 FR 
Jurgen Kurths M 	1953 GE 
Ulf G Meissner M 	1957 GE 
Peter M Williams M 	1945 UK 
Yuri M. Bunkov M 	1950 FR
Francois M. Peeters M 	1955 BE
Fernando Briones	Spain
Pavel Exner		Czech Rep.
Par Omling		Sweden	
John M T Thompson	UK	

     Engineering 
László Györfi M 	1947 HU 
Maria Petrou F 		1953 UK/GR 
Francesco Profumo M 	1953 IT
Richard RA Syms M 	1953 UK 
Ben L Feringa		Netherland

     Foreign
 Jan D Achenbach M 	1935 US

(Two Section nominations did not pass. Four nominations on the President's
list were returned to the P\&E section Committee for evaluation and ranking 
next year, and one nomination was returned to the P&E and Economics Section 
Committees for evaluation and ranking next year.)
	
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Topics discussed at the Section Meeting

1  We need ~ 40 nominations per year to keep and slightly increase the
  membership number of the section.

2  New on-line nomination will be introduced. Online nominations will
  be opened expectedly from February 2011 and nomination deadline
  for both the Normal list and the President's list is April 30.
     The Section Committee will evaluate and rank the Normal nominations
  and send it to the Nominations Subcommittee for further evaluation,
  on May 31. Then the Nominations Subcommittee also evaluates these.
  Then on Sept. 19 Section Chairs and Nominations Subcommittee will 
  form a final recommendation to the Council for new memberships on 
  the Normal list.
     The Presidents and the Nominations Subcommittee (eventually with 
  the Section Chairs ?) on Sept. 19-20, will form a final 
  recommendation to the Council for new   memberships on the 
  Presidents' list.
     The Council will decide about memberships just before the 2012
  AE Annual General Conference in Paris on Sept. 19-20.

3  The 2011 AE Annual General Conference will be held in Paris, between
  Sept. 19-22, 2011.  The Section aims for a strong representation in the
  programme. The arrangements regarding the Conference programme will 
  be coordinated by the vice-chair of the Section, Marie Farge (Paris).

4  The Section Committee plans to have an open SC meeting in Darmstadt
  (at GSI) during February or March 2011. A one day meeting is envisaged
  on Friday with arrival the previous evening and departure late afternoon
  on Friday or the next day. The participants are expected to cover their 
  own expenses. In case of financial difficulties the AE London office
  may be able to cover airfare and one or two night accommodation for
  SC members who request it.  The meeting will discuss (i) actions for 
  reaching the needed 40 nominations, (ii) plans for the Paris AE Annual
  General Conf. in September, (iii) other possible joint projects, meetings,
  or other activities.
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Additional information - Council-mtg:
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 - Jerzy Langer reported on AE's "Foreign Relations"
    . Aims to provide ERA independent advice
    . Aims to revitalize the Descartes Award
    . Advice on Ethics to EU
    . Prime adviser on Humanities and Social Sciences
    . Two mtgs. with DG research
    . Presented opinion for "Europe 2020 strategy" of EC (April 2010) 
    . Outcome of these actions: 
       . Framework Program and Structural funds will be renewed
       . Grand Challenges pgms. will be introduced  :=> Basic research
       . Challenging Ideas pgms. will be introduced :=> ERC
       . else
     . Mtg. with the Council of Europe aimed for:
        . Simplifications of the Framework Programs, Lump Sum Grants, ...
        . Humanities more role; Science and Society unit (new)
        . Financing Fundamental Research
             ERC money to single people  (no collaborative res.)
	     Bringing Back :=> Collaborative research

 - Sierd Cloething  was elected to be new member of the Sci. COuncil of ERC.

 - Sierd Cloething: ERC has established WG for Industry

 - Elections - All elections were reviewed and discussed by Council

 - Cinzia Ferrini:  Erasmus Medalist Election Procedure
                    Umberto Eco is elected (for Paris AGC of AE)

 - Finances: Support from Spain, Austria, Germany (1/2) is lost this year
            New sponsors are needed
            Membership subscriptions increased
            Trustees system is abolished, AE financially became an Ltd. Co.
            
 - Bryan Heap - Report on EASAC activities

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Annual AE Business Meeting:

        - A new Section was established for "Applied and Translational
          Biology"
        - A new Council Member was elected,  Balazs Gulyas.

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  The AE Annual General meeting in 2011 will be held in Paris, between
Sept. 19 - 22.  The main organizer is Michel Che. Our vice-chair, Marie
Farge will coordinate the connected Physics and Engineering programme, 
envisaged for the days preceeding the conference.

  The AE Annual General meeting in 2012 will be held in Bergen, Norway in
September.
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