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Mission Statement

To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we

  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.
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APS Strategic Plan: 2019

Strategic Plan

Throughout 2018, APS members, leadership, and staff prepared a new Strategic Plan to guide the Society and lay out strategic priorities for APS in the years ahead.
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2019 Annual Report

APS Annual Report 2019 coverThe APS 2019 Annual Report is now available. The report provides an overview of the Society's activities and achievements in 2019, as well as a summary of financial operations for the year.
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APS Leadership 2020

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Position Statements

APS has a number of statements on education, ethics and values, human rights, internal policy, international affairs, and national policy.
APS Statements

APS Logo

The APS logo is a registered trademark. APS staff and units may use the authorized APS Physics logo in connection with approved materials.
Logos Usage Guidelines

APS Units

The divisions, topical groups, forums, and sections play a vital role in the Society by aiding in the fulfillment of its mission.
APS Units


Board of Directors

Council of Representatives