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By Leah Poffenberger
In lieu of the typical bustling March Meeting, packing thousands of physicists from around the world into a huge convention center, APS is taking the 2021 March Meeting online. From March 15 to 19, the same exciting, high quality physics content that attendees have come to expect will make its way into offices, living rooms, or anywhere with a computer, with new events designed for the online meeting experience.
The 2021 March Meeting will feature speakers and attendees representing 30 APS units and committees, with more than 10,800 abstracts submitted. Scientific sessions taking place from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (CT) each day will mirror the usual March Meeting schedule, but the online format will introduce added flexibility to watch some sessions live and others on-demand.
Attendees can register for pre-meeting events taking place on March 13 and 14, including short courses hosted by the APS Division of Polymer Physics and the APS Division of Soft Matter, and tutorials, ranging in topics from noisy quantum devices to data analysis and visualization. Also on March 14 is Women Make the World Go Round: A Pi Day Wiki Edit-a-thon, an exciting opportunity to create and improve Wikipedia pages that highlight the accomplishments of women and other gender-minority physicists.
Image inspired by diffraction patterns of pure 3He droplets shown on a logarithmic color, from Deepak Verma et al., Phys. Rev. B 102, 014504 (2020).
On Monday, March 15, the March Meeting begins in earnest with a full day of scientific sessions and a tutorial for authors and referees from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, providing an opportunity to learn from APS journal Editors. Capping off the first day, the traditional Kavli Foundation Special Symposium will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, featuring an exciting slate of speakers: Michelle Girvan (University of Maryland, College Park), Eun-Ah Kim (Cornell University), Roger Melko (University of Waterloo), John Preskill (Caltech), and Patrick Riley (Google). This year's Kavli theme is quantum computing and machine learning in the physical sciences.
Tuesday, March 16, will include another opportunity to hear from and interact with APS Editors at a meet-and-greet session from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The APS Job Expo will also run from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, giving attendees ample time to meet with prospective employers from a wide variety of companies and institutions. Student members of APS are invited to a special networking event from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Student Networking and Game Night: Physics Crossing—A Virtual Physics Odyssey will give students an opportunity to network with each other and with representatives from various companies and laboratories in a video-game-inspired and interactive setting.
A number of networking opportunities will also be available on Wednesday, March 17, including a Graduate School Fair, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and an LGBT+ Roundtable from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The National Society for Black Physicists (NSBP) and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) will both be hosting meetups, with NSBP meeting from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and NSHP meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Thursday, March 18, will feature another opportunity for students or other job seekers: Career coach and author Peter Fiske will provide advice and strategies for physics job searching in the session Building Your Physics Career: How to Put Your Science to Work, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Registration for March Meeting 2021 is open through February 25. To register and to browse the scientific program, visit march.aps.org.
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Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
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