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World Year of Physics 2005 Presented to IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics By Beverly Hartline 10 November 2003 London, UK
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 2 WYP 2005 The World Year of Physics 2005 plans to bring the excitement of physics to the public and inspire a new generation of scientists. Timed to coincide with the centennial celebration of Albert Einstein's "miraculous year," the World Year of Physics will feature a multitude of physics events all over the world. Some web links: Main site: http://188.8.131.52/index.html Austria: http://www.kfunigraz.ac.at/exp8www/wyp2005/ USA: http://www.physics2005.org/events/ideas.html
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 3 WYP 2005 Motivation To share the physics community's visions and convictions about physics with politicians and the public at large. –Increase the general public's awareness of physics and its importance in our daily life –Increase student interest in physics The contributions of physics will be essential to solving global problems such as energy production, environmental protection and public health, but only physicists know this. WYP2005 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Miraculous Year of Einstein's papers on relativity, quantum theory, and Brownian motion while raising public awareness of physics. Interested organisations have been invited to establish a WYP2005 Committee to prepare plans at local/national levels.
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 5 History December 2000: World Congress of Physical Societies (Berlin) > 40 physical societies approved the proposal to declare 2005 the World Year of Physics. March 2001: EPS Council approved mobilising support in Europe. October 2002: IUPAP unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 2005 the World Year of Physics. July 2003: International planning meeting in Graz September 2003: UNESCO resolution supports WYP 2005 and invites proposal to UN to designate 2005 International Year of Physics Other international organisations have expressed support
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 6 IUPAP Resolution No. 9 Whereas Physics has been the basis of a developing understanding of the physical world and nature as a whole, Whereas Physics and its application are the basis of much of today's technology, Whereas an education in Physics is essential for the nations of the developing world to develop their scientific infrastructure, and Whereas the year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of a series of great scientific advances of Albert Einstein, Therefore, at the suggestion of the European Physical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics declares that 2005 should be the World Year of Physics and will seek support from appropriate national and international organizations. Adopted by the General Assembly, Berlin, October 2002
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 7 UNESCO Resolution (9/03) Recognising that Physics provides a significant basis for the development of understanding of nature, Stressing that education in Physics provides women and men with the tools to build the scientific infrastructure essential for development, Considering that research in Physics and its applications have been and continue to be a major driving force to scientific and technological development, and remain a vital factor in addressing the challenges of the 21st century, Being aware that the year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of a series of great scientific advances by Albert Einstein, Welcomes the resolution of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), at the initiative of the European Physical Society, to declare the year 2005 the World Year of Physics and carry out, within this framework, activities to promote physics at all levels worldwide; Decides to support the initiative of the World Year of Physics 2005; Invites the Director-General to request the United Nations General Assembly to declare 2005 the International Year of Physics.
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 8 Proposed Global Projects Proposed and agreed at Graz meeting Physics enlightens the world World Year of Physics Talent 2005 Traveling exhibition: Physics as a cultural heritage Playing physics Physics Stories Project For further ideas please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 9 Physics Enlightens the World The evening of April 18, 2005 (the 50th anniversary of Einsteins death) a laser will be shined into the sky in westward direction. Observers will activate light sources & propagate the signal, etc. The net of light beams will expand across the country, jump boundaries, cover the continent, cross the seas, spread over hemispheres and eventually envelop the whole globe. Expected participants: several hundred thousand schools, universities and other organisations. Reporting and involvement by national and international TV stations, governments, and public and private sponsors Money raised will go to a fund administered by UNESCO, to aid physics education in developing countries. Contacts: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 10 Physics Talent Search 2005 2005 students age 10 to 19 to be selected from around the world for their physics interest and talent –401 in each age group: 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19 –Both boys and girls in ~equal numbers Big Questions: –How to advertise? How to select? Criteria? Schedule? –What are the prizes? Mentoring? Summer camp? Special rewards or opportunities? –Who will sponsor? Possible follow up: biannual competition seeking 400 10-11 year-olds would maintain the pipeline perpetually Contact: email@example.com
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 11 Traveling Exhibit on Physics as Cultural Heritage Create, by international cooperation, a travelling exhibit, bringing to life outstanding achievements of physics from four millennia. –Display reconstructions of exceptional experimental achievements from the history of physics, starting in the second millennium B.C. –Feature hands-on demonstrations supplemented by material illustrating the historical, social and cultural context of its time. –Publish a catalogue of the exhibition along with an online-version. –(See example topics on next slide) Development and implementation by an international consortium. Starting in 2005 the exhibit will go on tour through the cities of the contributors, staying for at least a month in each, coordinated with existing local cultural events. Contacts : firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 12 Traveling Exhibit Topics Ancient cosmology - From Mesopotamia and Egypt to Ptolemy The discovery of time - Ancient means of time-keeping Numbers, proportions, and the harmony of the spheres - Mathematics in natural philosophy Mesoamerican cultures - The calendar of the Maya and Aztecs Muslim contributions in medieval physics - Bring knowledge to the west The enigma of the rainbow - Optics from Bacon and Vitelo to Kepler African physics - Scientific approaches in traditional cultures Of sailors and scientists - The physics behind the age of discoveries Scientific revolution - Copernicus, Galilei, Brahe, Kepler & Newton Of loadstones, amber, and frogs legs - Magnetism and electricity Machines to conquer the world – The rise of mechanics Of forces and fields – from Oersted to power plants Merging space and time – Einsteins puzzling ideas Particles, waves, & entangled states – Quantum mechanics
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 13 Playing Physics Children are curious by nature. Play is the best way to guide infant curiosity toward serious scientific activity. All projects of WYP2005 will also try to convert the specific of the project into toys and games, thus opening the fascination of physics to kids of all ages. Ideas to be implemented by toy companies Physics institutions around the globe, will help get the physics toys into millions of homes, kindergartens and play halls, schools and youth centers. Mascot Albert will walk kids through the adventures of physics: on a sticker series, on T-shirts, baseball caps, umbrellas, school bags, briefcases … Physics will be hip! Contacts: Masno Ginting and Max LippitschMax Lippitsch Mascot Albert
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 14 Physics Stories Project Well-told stories are a compelling way to reach students and adults. Stories about physics can make physicists and their work better understood, and convey the excitement of scientific research. This project will challenge scientists and science educators world-wide to share their best stories with students and teachers of all cultures and nationalities. –Stories may be about scientists, scientific research, phenomena, discoveries, how things work, etc. –Stories may, but are not required to, describe hands-on activities suitable for students. –The intention is to spark interest and appreciation of physicists and their work, and/or to teach a little science. –Stories will be judged by students around the world who visit the website. –The "top 10 stories" will be receive special recognition on the website. Contact: Fred Hartline, firstname.lastname@example.org
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 15 Preliminary Story Guidelines Authors in any country are invited to submit stories. The body of the story should be emailed (it may be an attached file). –Author, institution, email address, and recommend age range of the story must be indicated. –Pictures and drawings in JPEG, GIF or PDF format may accompany the story. The submission should be in the author's preferred language and in English Volunteers from other countries will translate the stories into their own native languages. Copyright will be assigned to the author permitting unlimited distribution for non-profit educational uses.
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 16 Physics Story Committee Fred Hartline, USA, Project Leader James Gillies, Switzerland Masno Ginting, Indonesia Kazuo Kitahara, Japan Heinz Oberhummer, Austria Caitlin Watson, UK E.C. Zingu, South Africa
10 November 2003 WYP 2005 Hartline 17 How Can WYP2005 Maximally Include Women? By shaping all WYP2005 projects to appeal to girls and women By featuring and including women physicists and their contributions in all WYP2005 projects 2nd International Conference on Women in Physics???