Introduction to EPS and QEOD
(EPS) is a not for profit association created in 1968 to promote the interests of physics and physicists in Europe. Through its individual members and 36 member societies, the EPS represents more than 80,000 physicists in Europe.
The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society, aims to serve its scientific, industrial and educational communities by helping them to obtain the latest information on progress in their specialties and related fields, to gain visibility for their research, to help them interact with their peers and to develop professionally. QEOD also aims to promote the field to the wider scientific community, to decision makers, the business sector and society at large. A major instrument for achieving its goals is the organization of quality peer-reviewed scientific meetings, including the biennial CLEO/Europe-EQEC conference, which is the largest (about 1500 participants in 2013) and most prestigious in its field, as well as co-sponsorship and administrative aid (through the EPS staff) for smaller "Europhoton" topical meeting and workshops.
QEOD also provides short courses for professional development, aimed at industrial colleagues and research students moving to new areas. To further aid student members, QEOD provides financial support for them to attend Summer Schools and the CLEO/Europe-EQEC conference.
To highlight scientific excellence, QEOD also awards internationally recognized prizes to senior and younger scientists, as well as prizes for the best European PhD theses in Quantum Electronics and Optics.