The Department of Physics celebrates its 40th anniversary

September 2018 marks 40 years since the first courses in Physics at the then "School of Physics and Mathematics" of the University of Crete, in the buildings of the Technical School of Nea Alikarnassos (in Heraklion). In the first year, 65 students were enrolled in the Physics "Division" of the School. The Department of Physics decided to celebrate the occasion with various events during 2018.

The Department is very pleased, and proud, that a relatively large number of its graduates follow a successful research career in Greece and abroad. Throughout 2018 we will organize an "anniversary" series of seminars that will be given by former graduates of the Department who hold positions in Universities and Research Institutes in Greece (outside Heraklio) and abroad. The current list of the "Anniversary Seminars for the 40 Years of the Physics Department" is available here.

The buildings of the Department of Physics are located at the University Campus, in the southern suburbs of the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete. We are known internationally for high quality research in all areas of modern physics, as well as for the high level of education and career opportunities offered to our students. Over the years we have developed a broad curriculum of undergraduate physics courses and a competitive graduate program leading to Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

We hope that our web pages will provide a thorough description of our activities. Please feel free to contact us if you need further information.

News of the Department


Selection of students of the Department of Physics for participation in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Every year, more than 30 Nobel Laureates convene in the town of Lindau in Germany to meet 500-600 young scientists (under and post-graduate students, as well as PhD candidates in order to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience. This year's 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting is dedicated to Physics. Already 41 Nobel Laureates have confirmed their membership as well as 580 young scientists from 88 countries. The Physics Department congratulates its graduate student A. Tsouros and its PhD candidate A. Pavli for their considerable success to be selected and admitted to participate in this year's conference in Lindau. We also note the selection of Mr. T. Ilias and I. Matheakakis, graduates of the Department who continue their studies as a doctoral candidates at the Universities of Ulm and Wurzburg (in Germany), respectively. A total of four of the eight Greek students admitted to the 69th Nobel Laureate meeting either attend or have graduated from the Department of Physics. Given the particularly high level of young scientists world-wide applying at these conferences, this year's attendance rate is extremely important and a source of a great pleasure to us.
 Heraklion, 12 Mar. 2019


Prof. X. Zotos Recognised as an Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review journals

The Department of Physics would like to congratulate Professor Xenophon Zotos, who was recognized as one of the 143 outstanding referees of the Physical Review journals for 2019.
Instituted in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the currently active referees for their invaluable work. Comparable to Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award. The selection this year was made from 30 years of records on over 71,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more then 40,000 that were submitted in 2018. The basis for the Outstanding Referees selection takes into account the quality, number and timeliness of a referee’s reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research.
The 2019 honorees come from 29 different countries, with large contingents from the U.S., Germany, U.K., Canada, and France. All recipients of this distinction have been notified, and sent a lapel pin and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. The selection for this achievement is always difficult and APS expresses its appreciation to all referees that help make the Physical Review collection some of the most cited physics journals in the world. 

Heraklion, 28 Feb. 2019


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