Committee on International Scientific Affairs

The membership of the Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA) consists of nine persons. Six (6) members are selected by the Committee on Committees and appointed by the President-Elect to staggered three-year terms, while the Chair, Past-Chair and Chair Elect of the Forum on International Physics (FIP) serve as statutory members of CISA. The President-Elect appoints the Chair of CISA from among the members of the Committee. CISA monitors the international science scene and the balance between new APS initiatives and ongoing activities in this arena. Guided by the Purpose of the Society as stated in Article II of the APS Constitution and Bylaws, CISA encourages APS efforts to strengthen interaction among researchers and institutions in different regions of the world and to further extend worldwide access of physicists to scientific information and its exchange. To this end, CISA advises and assists the APS Director of International Scientific Affairs and the Council, and provides documentation and recommendations for action, consulting with other relevant committees as appropriate.

Chair: Gerald(Jerry) Blazey (01/24 - 12/24)
Northern Illinois University

Past Chair: Beth Parks (01/24 - 12/24)
Colgate University

Member: Irvy Gledhill (01/22 - 12/24)
South African Institute of Physics

Member: E. Colglazier (01/23 - 12/25)
American Association For The Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Member: Latifa Elouadrhiri (01/23 - 12/25)
Jefferson Lab/Jefferson Science Associates

Member: Jason Gardner (01/24 - 12/26)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Member: Yung Woo Park (01/24 - 12/26)
Seoul Natl Univ

Chair-Elect, Forum on International Physics: Marcela Carena (01/24 - 12/24)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Chair, Forum on International Physics: Patricia McBride (01/24 - 12/24)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Past Chair, Forum on International Physics: Christine Darve (01/24 - 12/24)
European Spallation Source


Some CISA Projects & Activities

  • APS Task Force on Expanding International Engagement
    This Task Force examined how APS can increase its global engagement to better serve its members, the physics community, and society at large.
     Read the report and recommendations

  • APS International Engagement Around the World
    Nearly 25% of APS members live outside of the U.S. APS is dedicated to serving with its members abroad as well as engaging with the global physics community. 
     See how APS engages with your country or region

  • "Serving APS International Members and Physicists Worldwide: A Crucial Endeavor of APS," APS News, December 2020
     Read the article

  • African Physics Newsletter (APN)
    The APS is a quarterly publication produced by and for African physicists. It facilitates communication among physicists across Africa and highlights physics news and research from the continent to a broader international community.
     View the newsletter issues 
     Read about the APN's first anniversary in APS News, December 2019

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