European Physical Society Accelerator Group EPS-AG

The European Physical Society (EPS), formed in 1968, is a not for profit association whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe.  It provides an international forum to discuss science and policy issues of interest to its members.
The EPS Accelerator Group, formerly known as the Interdivisional Group on Accelerators, was formed in 1988.  It unites individuals and Public Institutions (laboratories, etc.) interested in particle accelerators, storage rings and similar devices as used in scientific research and practical applications, as set out in the Statutes and Rules.
The aim of the Group is to promote research and development of accelerators, storage rings and similar devices as well as their applications. It encourages contacts between specialists in the field in European and non-European institutions, in particular through the organization of the European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC). It stimulates international co-operation and exchange of information; it promotes efficient use of resources and fosters high standards.
Membership of the EPS-AG is open to individuals or Public Institutions (laboratories, etc.) interested in the topics mentioned above, and who are members of the European Physical Society under Articles 4a, 4c or 4d of the Constitution (dated April 1988). Members are admitted upon written application (see EPS document 'Make the European Community of Physicists Stronger' and the leaflet published by the Society).
The Group is managed by an Elected Board.  Elections to the Board are held as a rule every 2 years, and a General Assembly is scheduled to take place during each EPAC.

International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC) in Europe:

Dresden, Germany (May 2014)
San Sebastian, Spain (5-9 September 2011)

European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC):

- Genoa, Italy (23-27 June 2008)
- Edinburgh, Scotland (26-30 June 2006)
- Lucerne, Switzerland (5-9 July 2004)
- Paris, France (3-7 June 2002)
- Vienna, Austria (26-30 June 2000)
- Stockholm, Sweden (22-26 June 1998)
- Sitges, Spain (10-14 June 1996)
- London, England (27 June - 1 July 1994)
- Berlin, Germany (24-28 March 1992)
- Nice, France (12-16 June 1990)
- Rome, Italy (7-11 June 1988)

Collaboration with Industry: Industrial Exhibitions and Seminars are held in conjunction with EPAC Conferences to facilitate collaboration on joint ventures. Considerable efforts are made to provide industry with information concerning future accelerator projects.  Promotion of the transfer of technology between accelerator laboratories and industry is included in the EPAC programme.
Joint Accelerator Conference Website (JACoW): This website initially set up for the publication of the proceedings of the American (PAC), Asian (APAC) and European (EPAC) Accelerator Conference Proceedings, now also publishes the proceedings of the CYCLOTRONS, DIPAC, FEL, ICALEPCS, ICAP, LINAC and RuPAC series' of conferences.
2011 Student Grant Programme:  European laboratories sponsor the attendance of young scientists to attend EPAC conferences enabling them to benefit from international contacts in the field.

The EPS-AG European Accelerator Prizes have been awarded since 1994.  The Prizes are awarded on a two-yearly basis during EPAC conferences.  The 2008 prizes are for individuals with no restriction as to nationality.  They are: a) an achievement prize for outstanding work in the accelerator field with no age limit; b) a prize for an individual having made a recent, significant contribution to the accelerator field, with no age limit; c) a prize for an individual in the early part of his or her career, having made a recent, significant, original contribution to the accelerator field; d) a prize, awarded to a student registered for a PhD or diploma in accelerator physics or engineering or to a trainee accelerator physicist or engineer in the educational phase of their professional career, for quality of work and promise for the future; e) best student posters, awarded to 2 students whose work, presented in the special session for students, is particularly meritorious.  Full information concerning all prizes is published in the Call for Nominations.

The Joint Universities Accelerator School,  JUAS: The Group finances scholarships to attend each EPAC.
Christine Petit-Jean-Genaz, Last update : November 2005