The APS Mission, Vision, and Core Values

APS advances physics by fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and global community dedicated to science and society.

APS's mission, vision, and core values guide our work to serve the physics community, our members, and society.

Our vision

APS envisions a world inspired, enriched, and sustained by a thriving physics enterprise.

Our mission

APS advances physics by fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and global community dedicated to science and society.

Our core values

Our core values serve as guiding principles for the way we do our work and the way we engage with each other to advance physics:

  • Scientific Method

    We rely on scientific methods as the foundation for physics and its applications; we recognize the evolution of scientific inquiry.

  • Trust, Integrity, and Ethical Conduct

    We act honestly and ethically to ensure integrity in physics and across our community.

  • Equity, Diversity, and Respect

    We champion a culture of mutual respect, inclusion, access, and belonging; we embrace diversity in physics.

  • Collaboration

    We engage in open and respectful exchange to accelerate scientific discoveries and solve global challenges; partnerships and collaborations make us stronger.

  • Education and Learning

    We promote education that nurtures curiosity, sparks innovation, and supports lifelong learning and discovery.

  • Speaking Out

    We listen, promote our core values, and speak out on issues where scientific evidence or expertise can inform the public or benefit society.

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