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New Honorary Member of the OePG

On 28 August, 2019, a new honorary member of the OePG has been officially celebrated at the Joint Annual Meeting of the OePG and SPS 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland, for his continuous support of the Austrian Physical Society, and for increasing the visibility of Austrian physisists on a national and international scale:

Prof. Dr. Peter M. Schuster:Peter Schuster (Foto © Michael Kammeter, 2010)

Curriculum Vitae:

1939 Born in Vienna, Austria
1958 – 1967 Student at Vienna University - history, Japanology, mathematics, physics
1967 PhD in physics, Vienna University
1969 - 1976 Industry: Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany
1976 - 1988 Own company in Vienna: "AOL - Dr. Schuster – Analytik, Optik, Lasertechnik"
since 1988 Independent writer: lyrics, scripts, screenplays (ORF and SWF), essays, etc.


  • Triggered to establish an OePG Fachausschuss (division) "History of Physics" in 2004
  • Started to look into the heritage of well known and not-so-well known Austrian physisists
  • Started to straighten the inheritance of Christian Doppler, Josef Loschmidt and Nobel prize winner Victor Franz Hess
  • Founder of the Victor Franz Hess Society in 2007
  • Founder of the European Centre for the History of Physics – echophysics in Pöllau 2009
  • Built an for Austria extraordinary exhibition in Schloss Pöllau (Pöllau, Styria) in 2010
  • Strong engagement in the History of Physics group of the EPS - president of the History of Physics group from 2007 – 2017
  • Peter managed to get 4 EPS Historic Sites to Austria:
    • Institut fuer Radiumforschung Vienna (distinguished as an EPS Historic Site on 28 May 2015)
    • Atominstitut der TU Wien (distinguished as an EPS Historic Site on 22 May 2019)
    • Institut für Physik, University Graz (to be distinguished as an EPS Historic Site in autumn 2019)
    • Victor F. Hess Lab at the Hafelekar/Innsbruck (to be distinguished as an EPS Historic Site in 2020/2021)
  • Named Professor by the Styrian Governor in 2016
  • Extention of the echophysics museum in Pöllau by an exhibition „Particularium“ in a separate building next to the echophysics museum, showing exhibits about energy harvesting and energy storage; opens 19 September 2019

Prices, Awards and Honors (selection):

2000 Member of the Austrian P.E.N.-Club
2004 Golden Medal of the Province Salzburg
2006/07 Austrian State Grant for Literature
2009 Member of the Academia Europaea
2014  "Georgi Nadjakov"-Medal, Sofia, Bulgaria
2016 Golden Medal of the Province Styria
  and numerous local honors and distinctions
Peter M Schuster died unexpectedly on December 26, 2019. You can find his obituary here (in German)

Honoring Ceremony: Prof. Dr. Peter M. Schuster and ÖPG-Präsident Prof. Dr. Gottfried Strasser; Foto © Karl Riedling

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Winners of the OePG Awards 2019

On 28 August, 2019, the following awards have been granted at the joint Annual Meeting of the OePG and the SPS 2019 in Zurich:

  • Ludwig Boltzmann AwardDr. Maksym Serbyn (IST Austria) für für seinen Beitrag zu einer Theorie der Thermalisierung und Lokalisierung von Vielteilchen-Quantensystemen
  • Victor Franz Hess Award (section "Nuclear and particle physics"): Dr. Marlene Turner (CERN) for her thesis "First Observation of the Seeded Proton Bunch Self-Modulation in Plasma"

The following prices have been awarded at the "LehrerInnentag 2019" (Teachers' Day) of the Austrian Physical Society in Vienna on September 27, 2019:

  • Students' Award of the OePG: Vanessa Pichler (TU Vienna) for her thesis "Ansätze zur Quantifizierung in der Mikro-XRF-Analyse unter Verwendung eines speziellen Spektrometers für leichte Elemente"
    Magdalena Schneider (TU Vienna) for her thesis "Overcoming Blinking Artifacts in Nanocluster Detection Using Two-Color Single-Molecule Microscopy"

Fotos: © Karl Riedling 2019

Award Ceremony: Prof. Dr. Gottfried Strasser and Dr. Maksym Serbyn (l.t.r.)

Award Ceremony: Prof. Dr. Gottfried Strasser, Dr. Marlene Turner und DI Dr. Ilse Krätschmer (l.t.r)

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Awards for Special Achievements of Students at Higher Schools 2019

On September 27, 2019 the following students at Austrian higher schools have received awards at the "LehrerInnentag" of the OePG in Vienna:

Excellent theses in the area of physics:

  • 3rd Place: Katharina Isser (WRG der Ursulinen (Innsbruck)): "Die Konsequenzen der Quantenphysik für unser Realitätsverständnis" (Teachers: Mag. Thomas Möst, Mag. Manuel Franz)
  • 2nd Place: Johannes Wolf (BRG Kremszeile (Krems)): "Eine experimentelle Untersuchung des Mpemba-Effekts und der Faktoren die ihn beeinflussen" (Teacher: Mag. Dr. Klaus Misof)
  • 1. Preis:Johannes Windisch (BG/BRG Fürstenfeld): Der Teslatransformator - Bau, Analyse und Funktion des nach Nikola Tesla benannten Resonanztransformators zur Erzeugung hochfrequenter Wechselspannun" (Teacher: MMag. Dr. Michael Uhl)

Austrian Team at the 48th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Tel Aviv, Israel

Silver Medal:

  • Elias Hohl (Graz)

Bronze Medal:

  • Lucas Hörl (Purkersdorf)
  • Florian Moll  (Klagenfurt)

Honourable Mention:

  • Stefan Gradauer (Wien)


  • Jakob Prettenthaler (Graz)

Austrian Team at the 32nd International Young Physicists' Tournament 2019 in Warsaw, Poland:

  • Jonathan Costa
  • Luca Entremont
  • Simon Gfreiner
  • Miro Joensuu
  • Rohan Walia

Fotos: © Karl Riedling 2019

All students who received an award at the "SchülerInnen- und LehrerInnen-Tag 2019" and their supervisors

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Change of the Statutes of the OePG

The statutes of the OePG that have been changed at the General Assembly on August 22, 2017, have been approved by the appropriate public authorities on September 15, 2017. The current statutes are available on this website.

Statutes of the Austrian Physical Society 2017

Statutes of the Austrian Physical Society 2016

Statutes of the Austrian Physical Society 2011

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