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Download call for nominations here.

This year (2018) is an election year for the EOS Board and there are four seats to be filled.
We invite all EOS members to nominate candidates for election to the Board.

Nominations may be made either by letter or by e-mail. If by letter, this must be signed by three EOS members (not including the person nominated). A letter from the person nominated, accepting the nomination, must also be enclosed (or sent separately). If by e-mail, each of the three EOS members supporting the nomination must send in a separate e-mail indicating their support for the candidate. (This is important, as the receipt of three separate e-mails is being accepted in lieu of signatures.) In addition, the person nominated must send an e-mail accepting the nomination. Contact details for both letters and e-mails are given below. Please note that all four people involved (candidate and three supporters) must be members (Full or Associate) of EOS.

Each EOS member is entitled to nominate up to three candidates for election to the Board. There is no rule to prevent the same three people nominating more than one candidate. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to nominate candidates for the election later this year.

The present EOS Board is:
Björk, Gunnar (Sweden) (term ends 2018) / vacant
Setälä, Tero (Finland) (term ends 2018) / vacant
Bertolotti, Mario (Italy) (can be re-elected)
Reed, Graham (UK) / secretary (can be re-elected)
Ettemeyer, Andreas (Switzerland)
Segonds, Patricia (France) Rendina, Ivo (Italy)

Ex officio Board Members
Urbach, Paul (Netherlands) (Interim President, Past President)
Michinel, Humberto (Spain) (President-Elect: becomes President for 2018-2020)
Denz, Cornelia (Germany) (represents Germany)
Livshits, Irina (Russia) (represents the Affiliated Societies)
Paterson, Carl (UK) (represents UK)
Pauliat, Gilles (France) (Treasurer, represents France)
Sibilia, Concita (Italy) (represents Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland)
Fähnle, Olivier (Switzerland) (Chair of the Industrial Advisory Committee)
Südmeyer, Thomas (Switzerland) (Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee)

To clarify the above, the vacancies for election by the membership in 2018 are the seats presently occupied by:
Björk, Gunnar (Sweden)
Setälä, Tero (Finland)
Bertolotti, Mario (Italy)
Reed, Graham (UK) / secretary

Bertolotti, Mario (Italy) and Reed, Graham (UK) are eligible to stand for re-election, but must be nominated in the usual way.

Nominations close on 31 March 2016, but it will assist the election organizers if you send your nominations in as soon as possible.

Contact details for nominations:
By letter: Prof. Hans Peter Herzig, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de la
Maladière 71b, CP 526, CH-2002 Neuchatel, Switzerland
By e-mail: hanspeter.herzig@epfl.ch

Professor Hans Peter Herzig
Election Officer, EOS Board Elections, 2018


IN MEMORIAM: Professor Ionel Valentin Vlad

It was with great sadness that we learned the passing of our dear colleague and friend Professor Valentin Vlad on 24 December 2017, in Bucharest.
Valentin was the President of the Romanian Academy of Science. As an engineer and scientist, he achieved an international recognition for his research in information processing, holography and interferometry.
Valentin performed his studies in Bucharest and Paris during 1961-1970. After graduation he started his research at the Institute of Atomic Physics in Bucharest, in the "Optical Methods in Nuclear Physics" Laboratory, where he made the first solid active laser in Romania 1968, (together with G. Nemes) and where he was certified as scientific researcher. He maintained positions as professor in several universities, set up and lead several laboratories, and upheld a wide network of colleagues around the world.
Valentin had a very endearing personality and was very approachable which was facilitated by his perfect knowledge of Romanian, English, French, German, Russian and Italian. The dialogues with him were often illustrated by cultural references demonstrating his sincere interest in the country of his interlocutor. He used his social and scientific skills in promoting the Romanian scientific culture with a spirit of collaboration and exchange. Valentin indeed travelled a lot and spent multiple research stays in laboratories.
Valentin was also deeply involved in the European Optical Society and contributed to its development. He was the bridge between EOS and the Romanian Optical Society, and member of the Board of EOS on behalf of the Romanian Optical Society, a position which he has held until he passed away. In 2011 he became chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and entered the Executive Committee of EOS; two duties he carried out until last year. He also contributed to the revival of the Industrial Advisory Committee of EOS.
In his support to EOS, from 1998 and 2006, Valentin acted as an editorial member of the first EOS Journal “Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics” in 1998. In 2006 he entered the Editorial board of the new EOS Journal, the “Journal of EOS: Rapid Publication”, a responsibility he never left.
Valentin was the ambassador of the Romanian culture and a dedicated promoter of EOS. We miss him.

Prof. Ionel Valentin Vlad


JEOS-RP is searching for a new Editor-in-Chief

The current Editor-in-Chief of JEOS-RP will retire at the end of 2017. The European Optical Society (EOS) is searching for a new Editor-in-Chief, whose tenure wil start on January 1st, 2018.
EOS seeks to appoint a dynamic person with fresh ideas to develop JEOS-RP together with the publishing partner Springer Nature. JEOS-RP offers a nice position to oversee the full spectrum of research in the field of optics and photonics. The Editor-in-Chief has two co-editors and about 40 associate editors which is an asset regarding rapid publication of articles.

More: https://jeos.springeropen.com/


In Memoriam: Pavel Tománek

Prof. Pavel Tománek, an EOS Member and long-term contributor to the society, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, died May 30, 2017.

Prof. Tománek was a renowned specialist in the field of photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology, and acted as a researcher and professor of Applied Physics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication of the Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic.

He was an author of hundreds of research papers and textbooks, also having completed long-term internships in Algeria and France, where he also lectured.

Prof. Tománek co-organized many scientific conferences around the world, from Japan to the United States. He was enthusiastically involved in the LIGHT2015 project, where EOS, together with national optical societies, organized over 30 events around Europe.

Statement regarding Tománek's passing, by Conference committee of Photonics Prague 2017:  http://prague2017.photon-czsk.org/?p=879


Prof. Pavel Tománek


International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February 2017

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 (draft
A/70/474/Add.2) declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  

The United Nations invites all Member States including academia, individuals and society in general, to observe the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in education, training, employment and decision-making processes in the sciences.


February 11 Initiative in Spain https://11defebrero.org/ (in Spanish)

The initiative is based on the belief that a broad knowledge of the work of women scientists, past and present, will produce role models for future women researchers and hence will help close the persistent gender gap in science. The role of the February 11 Initiative is to promote the organisation of activities for students and for the general public and to publicise them.



EOS Board Election - the Results

The result of the 2016 Election to the Board of the European Optical Society is that the five people named below are hereby elected to the Board. Because we had five candidates for five positions, no voting was needed.

  • Ettemeyer, Andreas (Switzerland) (re-elected for a second term)
  • Ivo, Rendina (Italy)
  • Michinel, Humberto (Spain)
  • Segonds, Patricia (France) (re-elected for a second term)
  • Urbach, Paul (The Netherlands) (re-elected for a second term)

The Election Officer, on behalf of the President and Executive Committee of the European Optical Society, would like to thank all the candidates for their election.

Hans Peter Herzig
Election Officer, 2016 EOS Board Election