Symposium: « The fundamental constants of physics: what are they and what is their role in redefining the SI »

Symposium: « The fundamental constants of physics: what are they and what is their role in redefining the SI ». On 7 September 2017 at BIPM (Sèvres, France).

This symposium is organized by the Consultative Committee for Units (CCU) to celebrate the work accomplished towards a redefinition of the SI in terms of invariant physical constants.

The main topics of the discussion will be: the profound nature of the different fundamental physical constants; the different types of fundamental constants as well as their role in the evolution of physical theory, in particular in gravitation, cosmology and in string theory. The role of the fundamental constants in the forthcoming definition of the SI will be examined.

The Symposium aims at promoting scientific exchange amongst the National Metrology Institutes and leading scientists in the field of fundamental constants.

Deadline for registration: 24 July 2017 on

How best to communicate the revised SI?

The 2017 Communications Workshop on ‘How best to communicate the revised SI?’ is organised by CMI and EURAMET. The event will take place on Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at CMI, Prague (Czech Republic).

Provided the experimental data are satisfactory, the 26th CGPM in 2018 is expected to accept a resolution to revise the International System of Units (SI).
The possible revision of the SI is an extraordinary opportunity to communicate the importance of metrology and the future SI.
This task is similar for many NMIs and DIs in Europe.

Therefore, EURAMET will organise a two-day workshop on ‘How best to communicate the revised SI?’, hosted by CMI, the Czech National Metrology Institute.

The two-day workshop will contain:
– An introduction to the planned revision of the SI
– Information about the BIPM Brand Book ‘Future Revision of the SI’
– A workshop on how to convey the SI at school
Best practice examples of communicating the SI
Practical sessions on how and when to communicate the future revision of the SI

The workshop is tailored for employees of NMIs and DIs who are working in communications and public relations.
There is no fee for the workshop, but places are limited and registration is essential.
Please forward this announcement to colleagues in your institutes who may find it of interest.

Deadline for registration: Friday, 15 September 2017.
Detailed information and registration:
This training workshop is funded by the Human and Institutional Capacity Building strand of EMPIR in the area of communications.

Discussion Day on the Foundations of Quantum Physics

A Discussion Day on the Foundations of Quantum Physics will take place on 28 August 2017 at the Université de Technologie de Troyes in Troyes (France).

We will hear talks and exchange on issues concerning Quantum Foundations, including experimental work (note that a meeting of the COST Network Nanoscale Quantum Optics will take place immediately after the Discussion Day, for details see

Basic information as well as a preliminary list of speakers of the Discussion Day is available here:

Registration is free but mandatory. Register by sending your name and affiliation.

Possibility of accommodating a very limited number of contributed talks. Abstracts (1/2 page) should be sent before the 16th of July.

Winter school on Physics with Trapped Charged Particles, 8-19 January 2018, Les Houches

In continuing the successful Winter School on the Physics with Trapped Charged Particles held in Les Houches (France) in January 2012 and 2015 (lecture notes available) we are happy to announce the third such school to be held this coming January 2018.  The school will take place from January 8-19, 2018 and applications are now open.
Deadline for applications: September 17th

⇒ More details about the school