HistorY and Physics Experience: Nuclear Physics and History

May 25-27, 2018, Bologna, Italy

The first HYPE – HistorY and Physics Experience – will be held in Bologna, Italy, from May 25th to May 27th 2018, jointly organized by the International Students of History Association (ISHA) and the Italian Association of Physics Students (AISF), National Committee for Italy of the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS). The event will gather 40 international university students, half of them in History and half in Physics. The aims of the symposium are to enable an open and informative  exchange of ideas and experiences between our members, and to facilitate the study and analysis of the historical role played by Nuclear Physics, and Physics in general, over the past two hundred years, covering the sociopolitical, economic and cultural changes that took place in parallel to and as a result of scientific progress in this area.

From the very first studies about atomic structure, Nuclear and Particle Physics has played a particularly prominent role in modern society, conditioning, often in a profound and dramatic way, many aspects of human life. The two nuclear bombs dropped over Japan at the end of World War II marked a point of no return in terms of awareness of the potential and responsibility of science. Today, nuclear physicists are assuming key roles in the application of their knowledge to new, peaceful revolutions, for instance by developing the basis for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Hadrontherapy.

Participants will join an intense and exciting discussion, gaining an opportunity to argue amongst themselves, but also to hear the perspectives of celebrated historians and physicists. HYPE will help them develop an understanding of past and future scenarios and, at the same time, will allow them to get to know the strong historical and student identity of Bologna, thanks to activities focused on the discovery of the local area, host of the oldest university in Europe.

HYPE already has the support of the Italian Physical Society (SIF), the Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi and the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is organised under the patronage of the City of Bologna. The organizers are also working to integrate the event in the European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018) framework.

For more information, please view the official flyer.

Posted: May 09, 2018