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Yvan Bruynseraede earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1967. After serving as a Research Fellow and Associate at CERN, Switzerland, he joined the Faculty of KU Leuven in 1971. He was until 2003 Head of the Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism and is currently an Emeritus Professor. He is an experimental physicist with research interests at the interface of mesoscopic and nanoscopic physics, including a variety of topics in superconductivity and magnetism, x-ray structural analysis and SPM techniques applied to thin films and multilayers. His work has been internationally recognized and resulted in more than 450 publications. His research has a very strong international component, with active collaborations in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Chile, China, and the US. He is Past-President of the Royal Belgian Academy, member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Vienna, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a member or chairman of numerous National and International Expert Advisory and Reviewing Committees. He contributed substantially to the activities of the European Commission, the European Science Foundation, and the European Research Council, as well as of the US National Science foundation and Department of Energy, and many International Scientific Agencies. He (co)organized numerous international conferences and was chairman or member of many Program Committees. He is together with Ivan Schuller (UCSD) the recipient of the prestigious 2007 IUMRS SOMIYA Award, which recognizes outstanding research conducted by teams from at least two continents.
I have a strong interest in international scientific collaboration that foster understanding and exchange in all areas of physics and among physicists of all countries. I have worked with many scientists from Europe, South America, Japan, China, the United States, and have directed a large number of PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows from all over the world. Being involved in advising and evaluating international institutes allowed me to understand the true nature of cross-disciplinary work, and I was able to apply my experience in many international projects. Interacting with scientists from different parts of the world made me appreciate the universal nature of science and the importance of a concerted international effort. The APS is becoming an international physics society which services many outside the United States. Encouraging active participation by non US scientists in the governance of the APS FIP is therefore of great important. I intend to concentrate my activities on the organization of sessions at APS Meetings, addressing major scientific issues and encouraging especially the participation of young international scientists in the activities of the APS. In the current global research activities, increasing the communication with the international APS Members will be a major program issue. If I am elected, I believe that the APS FIP will provide me the opportunities to use some of my energy on behalf of the international scientific community.