International Affairs

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.

Report: Task Force on Expanding International Engagement

Report, Recommendations, and Implementation

In 2017, APS launched a Task Force on Expanding International Engagement to examine how the Society could increase its international engagement and better serve its members, the physics community, and society at large. The Task Force worked to understand the interests and concerns of stakeholders to develop priorities and recommendations for APS. This resulted in a report and recommendations that were adopted by the APS Council of Representatives in November 2018.

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Read the Task Force on Expanding International Engagement Report

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Brazil-U.S. Exchange Program 

APS and the Sociedad Brasileira de Fisica (SBF) co-sponsor an exchange program for physics Ph.D. students, postdocs, and physicists. The program supports professors and other working physicists to teach a short course or deliver a lecture series. Ph.D. students and postdocs can apply to pursue a variety of opportunities, including working in a laboratory or attending a summer institute. 

 Brazil-U.S. Exchange Program 

Beller Lectureship

The Beller Lectureship provides funding and support to bring distinguished physicists from abroad to present invited talks at APS meetings.
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Reciprocal Member Societies

Reciprocal societies are national physical societies that have signed an agreement with APS to exchange certain membership privileges. APS members may take advantage of the following benefits from reciprocal societies:

  • Submit papers to reciprocal society meetings with the same privileges as the reciprocal society members
  • Register at reciprocal society meetings at member rates
  • Subscribe to reciprocal society publications at member rates.

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