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.

APS Leadership

Meet the Board of Directors, Council of Representatives, and Management Staff, and find out about upcoming meetings.
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Occasionally, the APS President or CEO notifies members about applicable issues or write letters, statements, or op-eds that are of particular member interest.
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APS Committees

APS is a volunteer-driven organization. Since 1899, physicists have contributed their time and resources to running the APS in cooperation with staff. All APS committees operate on a calendar year basis and committee terms run from January 1 through December 31.
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Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions 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.