The European Physical Society is a forum for physicists to exchange ideas. EPS publishes journals, organizes conferences and promotes Physics in Europe
Created in 1968 the EPS is a not for profit association of physicists for physics. At that time, when European integration was more dream than reality, the establishment of the EPS was a “demonstration of the determination of scientists to make their positive contribution to the strength of European cultural unity” (from the inaugural address, G. Bernardini, EPS President, Geneva 1968). The EPS continues to play an important role in enhancing communication among physicists in Europe, and in bringing major issues in physics and science to the attention of the general public and policy makers.
We are a grass roots member driven organisation. Over 3,000 individuals, 41 national physical societies, and 50 universities, research laboratories and companies active in physics research make up the EPS membership. The members decide the priorities of the Society, allocate resources for its activities and hold the positions of responsibility. This ensures that the actions of the society are determined by its members.
EPS has 11 Divisions, covering each of the specific fields of physics research. The 7 Groups look at questions of common interest for all physicists such as Physics for Development, and Technology. Action committees advise and implement EPS strategy in areas such as publication, conferences, and European integration. Care is taken to ensure a topical and geographic balance on all governing bodies. Representing the European physics community from all points of view, from science to policy is one of the main roles of the EPS.
The EPS provides a European forum for physicists representing national, scientific, and topical interest. Together, they elaborate the strategic vision for the EPS, and for the European physics community. The current strategic priorities include scientific issues such as promoting scientific excellence, physics is profession, physics education, public awareness and communication, and European integration and physics for development.
Providing services to the community of physicists in Europe is the goal of the EPS. A large portion of the EPS budget is devoted to travel grants to attend conferences, and scholarships. We publish Europhysics News, a bi-monthly magazine with review articles by outstanding physicists and other items of interest to our members. Other physics publications in Europe are reviewed, and if certain quality criteria are met they receive they become an EPS Recognised Journal. The Conference Committee monitors conferences in Europe and awards the label of EPS Sponsored Conference.
Communication is a fundamental challenge of the EPS, and we provide the channels and resources for the physics community to communicate to policy makers, and the general public. The EPS is also an international forum to discuss science and policy issues of interest to its members. We engage in public understanding of science initiatives to communicate the role of physics in every day life. The EPS provides expert advice and policy statements to communicate the position of physicists on scientific issues that may have an impact on society.
The next generation of physicists is important to the EPS. High quality physics education is essential in training scientists that will allow Europe to become the leading knowledge based society. An education in physics for all citizens is also necessary to allow them to be actively involved in the democratic debate of the interaction between science and society. Physics education is a necessary tool in societal, economic, and democratic development. We are involved in the reflection on the attitudes of students towards physics, teaching methods, curricula development and the demonstration that physics has a role in addressing issues such as energy and sustainable development.
EPS Divisions and Groups organise many of Europe’s leading physics conferences, allowing members of the European and global physics community to share their research and exchange with their colleagues. The EPS provides professional conference organisation services to its members to efficiently manage their meetings, allowing them to concentrate on promoting scientific excellence.