FIP Invited Sessions at the April Meeting 2017

Physics and diplomacy, physics careers outside academia, and physics research carried out on three continents will be featured in the four invited sessions that the Forum on International Physics has arranged for the APS April Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C., happening from Saturday, January 28 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

From Argentina to Singapore, from an ambassador to an academic entrepreneur, from economics to ending extreme poverty, the FIP invited sessions at the APS April Meeting will cover the impact and practice of physics in many different ways. Our four invited sessions: S7, U7, X7, and Y7 will be inspiring, interesting, informative, and worth your while to attend, please add them to your meeting schedule.

Taking advantage of the April Meeting being held in Washington, D.C. we will posit that "Physics Improves International Diplomacy" (X7), with the help of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States, the science advisor to the U.S. secretary of state and the executive director of international affairs at the U.S. National Academies. We will also highlight that "Physics Drives Our Economy, Connects the World, Creates the Future" (U7) with talks by an economist who has studied the economic effects of hundreds of thousands of foreign STEM students living and studying in the U.S.A.; by an Indian physics professor and entrepreneur who will encourage young physicists to take their talents into the commercial world and create new products; and by the Wheatley Award winner who will describe how physics can help transform Africa.

"The Roles of Physicists in International and Nonprofit Organizations" (S7) is a session focused on informing young physicists (and their professors) about careers outside academia. The speakers will be from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a fellowship program in science policy at the National Academies, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. FIP is co-sponsoring this session with the Forum on Physics and Society. Our fourth invited session at the so-called "April" Meeting will take us deep underground (Y7) on three continents as physicists tell us about the facilities and experiments being done at the ANDES deep underground laboratory in a tunnel between Argentina and Chile, the underground laboratory in South Korea, and the proposed South Africa Underground Neutrino Facility.