This year's meeting was held September 16–19 in Hangzhou, the capital and largest city in China's Zhejiang Province. Zhejiang University, one of China's oldest institutions of higher education, having been founded in 1897, played host to this year's meeting. Over 43,000 students attend Zhejiang University, more than 7,000 of which are doctoral candidates.
The "AIP Afternoon" was chaired by Wang Dingsheng, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and featured an agenda of distinguished speakers. The session was designed to bring together Western scientists along with scientists based in China and tailored to the graduate student population. Giving research talks were Xie Xincheng of Peking University, who spoke about his work in spintronics, and Xue Qikun of Tsinghua University, who stressed the importance of using ultrapure materials in the superconductor industry.
Another goal for this event was to de-mystify the journal publishing process. To that end we welcomed two editors, Jim Viccaro, editor of Journal of Applied Physics, and Richard Haase, physics editor for Edanz Group, a language-editing service and partner of AIP, to give presentations. They spoke about what editors look for in an article, what editors expect from authors, and gave details about the peer review process. We followed the session with an "AIP Tea Time," where students or authors could interact with Viccaro and AIP journal publisher Mark Cassar and discuss with them the obstacles they face in the publishing process.
The popularity of the session is probably best gauged by participation. Similar to last year, the speakers addressed a packed house with standing room only. Xingtao Ai, AIP's chief representative in China, reported one enthusiastic student's remarks:
"During last year's event at Nankai University, I could not find a seat. So this year I arrived very early to get a good seat and enjoy the talks. Though the classroom was air conditioned, the many people crowded in the room made it very hot. Regardless, I stayed until the last moment because the talks were really interesting. I think the AIP Afternoon was perfect!"The AIP booth in the exhibit hall was popular among the 20 exhibitors. Ai and her assistant, Linlin Wang, presented gifts to booth visitors and administered a survey for Chinese authors who contribute to our journals. By learning more about their needs, we aim to provide them better service and more targeted practical help.
Since we opened our China office in Beijing last June, we have welcomed visitors from OSA, APS, and AVS and are pleased to host visits from any of our Member Societies who are planning visits or events in China.
We are already committed to hold another sponsored session at the 2012 Chinese Physical Society Fall Meeting. We hope to reinforce our commitment to the Chinese physics community to help bring their science forward to the rest of the world.
PDF cover pages were first launched September 27 for Review of Scientific Instruments and AIP Advances. The practice has recently been extended to Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics. Soon all AIP journals, conference proceedings, and Physics Today magazine articles that are downloaded as PDFs will be complemented with a similar cover page.
Sunday–Thursday, October 16–20
Tuesday, October 18
Wednesday, October 19