Office of International Affairs
In this era of globalization, international issues cut across essentially all aspects of the APS and physics community.
Science: International R&D collaborations are on the rise; countries are partnering to build big facilities.
Industry: Companies are increasingly multinational; US companies are moving R&D facilities offshore.
Education: The US competes for the world's best talent; it needs to attract and retain first-rate students and scientists.
Policy: National S&T policies are affected by global events; federal R&D funding influences US participation in international large-scale collaborations.
Help Imprisoned APS Member Omid Kokabee
Join the APS in calling for the release of physics graduate student Omid Kokabee from prison by signing a petition on his behalf. Kokabee was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin when he was arrested in Iran after visiting his family. He had repeatedly refused to work on Iranian military projects that had nuclear applications. He was subsequently accused of "communicating with a hostile government" and "accepting illegal earnings" and sentenced to ten years in prison. APS recently recognized Kokabee by awarding him the 2014 APS Andrei Sakharov Prize.
Beller Lectureships for APS March & April Meetings
Three physicists have been selected by the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA) to present Beller Lectureships at the 2014 March and April Meetings. The Beller Lectureship was endowed by Esther Hoffman Beller for the purpose of bringing distinguished physicists from abroad as invited speakers at APS meetings. The Beller Lectureship recipients for 2014 are:
- Professor Ulf-G. Meissner, University of Bonn, Germany (April Meeting)
- Professor Bene Poelsema, University of Twente, The Netherlands (March Meeting abstract)
- Professor Xiaodong Yin, Capital Normal University, P.R. China (March Meeting abstract)
Reciprocal Member Society Event
APS has reciprocal membership agreements with 44 physics societies worldwide. Two of APS's reciprocal member societies are the Società Italiana di Fisica (SIF) and the European Physical Society (EPS). In July 2014, the Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy will be held in Varenna, Lake Como, Italy. More information about the school is available online.
EPS-SIF International School on Energy