Event Date/Time: Mar 23, 2003 End Date/Time: Mar 27, 2003
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23-27 March
Electrostatics Group
Electrohydrodynamics, charged particle physics and electrostatic hazards, displays and printing technologies will be discussed. An overview of electrostatics on 23 March introduces basic electrostatics in industry, the associated problems and remedial actions.

Single Bio-molecule Interactions
23-24 March
Physics in the Biosciences Forum
Includes a day of workshops. More details will be posted on the web-site.

Optics in Biosciences and Life Sciences
Optical Group
Includes a range of topics such as wound healing, biomolecular and cellular analysis, surgery, pharmaceuticals, optical therapies, tissue engineering and diagnostics.

Digital Printing and Photography
24-25 March
Printing, Packaging and Paper Making Group
This conference will explore the scientific issues concerning the permanence of digital prints, including developments in digital printing technologies for fine arts; photography and textiles; colourants and substrate materials; permanence and emerging standards for digitally printed materials.

Dielectrics for Emerging Technologies
24-26 March
Dielectrics Group
A forum for discussion on dielectric and electromagnetic materials research and the use of dielectrics in emerging technologies which will stimulate and broaden the debate on the use of negative refractive index materials in the UK, especially in relation to potential applications.

Waste Management
25 March
Environmental Physics and Combustion Groups Includes control of emissions from landfill sites, management of oil and radioactive wastes and the regulatory framework.

Industry Day- Physics and the Modern Economy
25 March
Business and Industry at the Institute of Physics
Highlights the contributions of physics and physicists to the wider modern economy, including not only wealth creation, but also business processes and quality of life. The programme links with the Industry Exhibition.

Structured Optical Materials
25 March
Optical Group
This meeting will discuss how developments in photonic crystals, photonic waveguides, nanomaterials, fabrication, self organisation, measurement techniques and characterisation are driving infrared design, materials and practical device capabilities in micro and nano-structured materials.

ITECC 2003
25-26 March
Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Group
Focusing on the creation of devices and infrastructures that enable both new and emerging opportunities such as sensing and monitoring devices, e-science and personal area networks.

Worried about Nothing- Measurements and Safety in Vacuum Practice
25-26 March
Vacuum Group
Measuring the content of an almost empty vacuum is not simple; reactive, explosive, toxic or even radioactive gases may pass through the process. Safe and environmentally friendly use of vacuum pumps and components will be discussed and common pitfalls and misconceptions of vacuums indicated.

Novel Light Sources and Displays
26 March
Optical Group
Advances in optoelectronics could transform the future of lighting and displays. Light emitting diodes are replacing incandescent lamps in traffic and car brake lights and many variations of display technologies are in use and development for cars, mobile phones and consumer electronics.

Industry Exhibition
24-25 March

An exhibition of physics-based industry and enterprise, with a focus on Scottish business. Workshop-style sessions will run in parallel and link with the Industry Day programme.

Plenary Lectures
24-26 March

All registered participants are invited to attend these lectures where leading speakers address today’s issues in physics, industry and science policy.
24 March Professor Tom Jones, University of Rochester, USA
25 March Mr Tam Dalyell MP, Father of the House and MP for Linlithgow, Scotland
26 March Professor David Wallace, Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University.
More details can be found on the web site at congress.iop.org.

Scottish Science Policy Meeting
25 March

This discussion will focus on the work of the newly established Scottish Science Advisory Committee (SSAC), the role of the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) in supporting physics higher education and research, and other policy issues affecting physics in Scotland. Professor Wilson Sibbett, the Scottish Executive's Chief Adviser on Science and Chair of SSAC and Mr Roger McClure, Chief Executive of SHEFC have agreed to speak before the general discussion chaired by Professor David Wallace, Loughborough University and President of the Institute.

Activities for Physics Students and Recent Graduates
24-25 March

Open to all Congress participants, but aimed towards students and young professionals. Mature students are most welcome. The social evening on the Monday 24 March will commence with dinner at an Edinburgh restaurant, followed by drinks at a nearby venue. More details will be posted on the web-site.

Schools Programme (staff)
24-26 March

The Schools Programme offers three days of In-service training sessions:
Monday 24 Primary Teachers
Tuesday 25 Secondary Teachers
Wednesday 26 Technicians
Social events are also on offer, with an event specifically for PGCE students and Probationary teachers.

Schools Programme (pupils)
24-26 March

The interactive hands-on Schools programme starts on Monday. Throughout the three days a range of activities from Science in a suitcase, to careers in science information is on offer.

Public Programme
23 March

The Family Fun Day will include activities for toddlers and upwards with a programme of theatre, talks and demonstrations.


Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom