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Physics and Astronomy: Professional & Scholarly Organizations

Physics Professional Societies

Professional and scholarly organizations are good sources of news and information, as well as a way to connect with others in your field.

AAPM is a scientific and professional organization, founded in 1958, composed of more than 8000 scientists whose clinical practice is dedicated to ensuring accuracy, safety and quality in the use of radiation in medical procedures such as medical imaging and radiation therapy.

The American Center for Physics brings together in one building the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

The AIP supports ten member societies including the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The AIP is also one of the world's top publishers in the physical sciences.

ANS was established by a group of individuals who recognized the need to unify the professional activities within the various fields of nuclear science and technology. December 11, 1954, marks the Society's historic beginning at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1899, the APS is a leader in physics education, outreach and advocacy.

The EPS engages in activities that strengthen ties among the physicists in Europe.

The IoP is a leading scientific society promoting physics.

The International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP) was founded in 1976 in order to promote research in mathematical physics. The Association invites mathematicians and physicists (including students) interested in this goal to become members.

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was established in 1922 in Brussels with 13 Member countries and the first General Assembly was held in 1923 in Paris.

The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.

Astronomy Professional Societies

Formed in 1954, the AAS is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration.

The ASP is the largest general astronomy society in the world, with members from over 70 nations.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of 40 US institutions and 6 international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories.

The NJAA conducts research, lectures, and education forums about astronomy and light pollution.

SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space.

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology.