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International Summit of Physics in Hamburg

Hamburg opens series of spring meetings of the German Physical Society. 1,200 physicists from Germany and overseas meet at the University of Hamburg

From 29 February to 4 March 2016, physicists from all over the world will be meeting at Universität Hamburg. In cooperation with the Department of Physics, the Matter and Cosmos Section (SMuK) of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft e.V. (DPG) will be holding their annual spring meeting. Approximately 1,200 experts from Germany and abroad are expected to take part. The focus is on themes of the DPG associations “Gravitation and Relativity”, “Radiation and Medical Physics”, “particle”, “Theoretical and Mathematical Fundamentals of Physics” and the working group “Philosophy of Physics”.

Hamburg Opens 2016’s Round of Spring Meetings

At the spring meetings of the German Physical Society (DPG) , more than 10,000 scientists from home and abroad discuss current issues of physics. The meetings have become so large that it takes now place at four locations throughout Germany. This year, the series of spring meetings in Hamburg. Parallel to Hamburg, around 2,100 physicists of the section atoms, molecules, quantum optics and plasmas (SAMOP), physics didactics and and the workgroup Young DPG will meet in Hanover. . In the next two weeks, then dtreffen physicists of other disciplines from 14 to 18 March 2016 in Darmstadt respectively from 6 to March 11, 2016 in Regensburg.

Networking & Knowledge Exchange

The spring meetings are a central part of the activities of the DPG. There, students often take the chance to present for the first time their research or thesis in front of a larger professional audience. In addition, junior scientists have to chance to meet experienced physicists from academia or industry, to make contacts and gather suggestions for professional and career planning.

A Focal Topic in Hamburg: Dark Matter

Following the restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, experts in Hamburg will be discussing first results of the search for the so-called dark matter and new insights into the properties of the recently discovered Higgs particle. Another focal theme of the meeting will be the link between quantum theory and gravity, as well as new results from astroparticle physics.

With the University of Hamburg, the DPG has chosen a special conference venue: As the largest research and educational facility in Germany and one of the largest universities in Germany, the University of Hamburg combines a varied curriculum with excellent research in particular in the field of physics.

Public Lecture

Next to the extensive technical programme, there will also be a public lecture. Prof. Dr. Peter Schleper from the Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Hamburg will talk on “Experiments at the frontiers of physics” on 2 March at 8 pm in the auditorium, Von-Melle-Park 8. His lecture will provide an easily understandable insight into the latest developments and outstanding issues at the frontiers of our knowledge of the fundamental laws of nature. The lecture is open to the general public. Admission is free.

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