Society Governance

APS is a membership organization. The Presidential line is elected by the entire membership and consists of four persons, who rotate through one-year terms as Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past President.

The President presides over the Board of Directors, which has the ultimate responsibility for the actions of the Society. The Board of Directors consists of the Presidential Line, the Treasurer, and nine Councilors (including the Speaker of the Council), elected by the Council.  Between meetings of the Board, the Board Executive Committee, consisting of the Presidential Line, CEO, Speaker of the Council, and the Treasurer, meet at regular intervals as necessary.

The Speaker of the Council presides over the Council of Representatives and is elected from the Council. The Council consists of four General Councilors, four International Councilors, the Treasurer, and Councilors representing the Divisions, Forums, and Sections. The focus of the Council is on all matters of science and membership, including science policy.  Activities of the Council are planned and organized by the Council Steering Committee.  The Council Steering Committee consists of four elected Councilors, the Speaker, the President-Elect, and the CEO, and meets frequently between Council meetings.

The Society is dependent on the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, who serve on its Committees and provide the leadership for it Divisions, Topical Groups, Forums, and Sections. Day-to-day operations of the Society are overseen by a Chief Executive Officer. Core activities of the Society are the publication of world-class scientific journals covering the field of physics, membership services for physicists and anyone with an interest in the field of physics, and the organizing scientific meetings for the physics community.

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APS General Election 2019

Meet this term's elected representatives.
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Annual Business Meeting

The 2020 Annual Business Meeting was held at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, DC.
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APS Presidents

Letters on Behalf of or to APS Members
All APS Presidents Since 1899


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APS Guiding Principles

APS Members Only

Nominees and award and office holders are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.