South America & APS

As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the global physics community, APS has dedicated resources to further its international engagement activities. Learn more about APS programs, events, publications, and networks offered to the physics community in South America.

Any statistics listed on this page are representative of APS Members in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Programs & Opportunities

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US-Brazil Young Physicists Forums

Conferences connecting young physicists from around the world with scientific sessions, career development, and networking opportunities. Previous Forum

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International Research Travel Award Program (IRTAP)

Travel grants to support collaborations between developing and developed country physicists. Learn more

Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

Recognizes graduate students who have made noteworthy progress in academics, providing travel funding to attend scientific conferences. Learn more


FIP Distinguished Student Program Travel Awards

Recognizes outstanding students in any field of physics, providing travel funding for the APS March or April Meeting. Learn more

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US Visa Information

Applying for a visa, navigating application delays, and estimating visa processing times. Learn more

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APS Webinars for Physicists

APS Webinars offer professional development, career guidance, and advice from fellow physicists. Past webinars are available in the webinar archive. Learn more

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Brazil-US Exchange Program

The Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF) and APS sponsored an exchange program for physics professionals, PhD students, and postdocs in the United States and Brazil. Learn more

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ICTP-SAIFR Física de Frontera para Profesores de Secundaria

With support from the APS Innovation Fund, the ICTP- SAIFR center in São Paulo has translated 18 volumes of free material on modern physics for high-school classrooms. Learn more about the growing network of high-school teachers in Latin America that use this material. Learn More

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International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022)

The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development encourages exchanges between scientists and all categories of stakeholders to emphasize the links among basic sciences and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030. Learn more

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APS Student Ambassadors

The APS Student Ambassadors program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students around the world to strengthen the network of student members at their institution dedicated to advancing physics through APS by participating in and sharing valuable APS resources and programs. Learn more

Reciprocal Society Membership Agreements in South America

APS signs agreements with other physical societies to exchange certain member benefits. Learn more

Meetings & Events

As taken from the APS Meetings Calendar. To have your meeting added to the APS Meetings Calendar, please email

APS March Meeting 2024
March 3-8, 2024
Minneapolis, MN

APS April Meeting 2024
April 3-6, 2024
Sacramento, CA

XII-Latin American Workshop on Magnetism, Magnetic Materials, & their Applications (LAW3M)
October 17-20, 2023
Enjoy Hotel
Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas, LL, Chile

Access presentations and technical programs for past APS Meetings through the Meeting Archive and Meeting Presentations webpages.

Published by APS

Physical Review Journals

Articles in APS News about this Region

View articles that have appeared in the International News column of APS News.

APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) Newsletter

Stay up to date with the activities of the APS Forum on International Physics by reading the most recent FIP Newsletter.

South America - APS Membership by the Numbers

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APS Members in this Region

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Advocacy Efforts

APS Advocacy Efforts: International Scientists & Collaborations

The APS Government Affairs has partnered with APS members to advocate for openness and scientific mobility in hundreds of meetings with Congressional staff across the United States. Learn more

APS Task Force on Expanding International Engagement

The Task Force on Expanding International Engagement examined how the Society can better serve its international members and the global physics community. Share your feedback & ideas with us!

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APS International Councilors

The APS Council of Representatives is an elected body of APS Members that addresses matters related to science and membership, including science policy. International Councilors serve a four year term and provide the perspectives and opinions of international physicists during APS Council discussions and decisions.

Xun-Li Wang

Xun-Li Wang
City University of Hong Kong

Ursula Keller

Ursula Keller
ETH Zurich

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Karen Hallberg
Instituto Balseiro

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Omololu Akin-Ojo
East African Institute of Fundamental Research

*APS members whose primary residence is the US are not included in these statistics.

Recent Prizes and Awards

APS is proud to honor these recipients from the South America region. See more recipients from past years.

2021 Recipients

Nathan Berkovits

Nathan Berkovits
John Wheatley Award

International STEP UP Ambassador

STEP UP Ambassadors empower fellow teachers to inspire young women to pursue physics by changing cultural views about physicists through the use of evidence-based teaching resources designed to help young women see themselves as “physics people.”

As part of the 2020-2021 STEP UP Ambassador Cohort, Yusuf is translating STEP UP teaching resources into Portuguese for use across Brazil. He is working with his local network to get these translated resources to teachers, researchers, teacher training programs, and middle schools. As a faculty member at the American School of Brasilia, he is building a network with other American international schools in Brazil and many other countries to get the word out about STEP UP.

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