The mission of the American Institute of Physics
is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity.
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About the American Institute of Physics

About the American Institute of Physics

Since the time of Galileo, practitioners of the physical sciences have given humankind powerful, ever-evolving predictive models of our world, enabling stunning technological achievements and enriching our understanding of the universe and our place in it.

For nearly a century, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has worked to advance, promote and serve the physical sciences community for the benefit of humanity.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, AIP is committed to the preservation of physics for future generations, the success of physics students both in the classroom and professionally and the promotion of a more scientifically literate society.

A federation
We achieve more by working collectively. That’s why AIP partners with 10 Member Societies across the spectrum of physical sciences to pool, coordinate, leverage resources and support them with professional services and benefits. We’re also connected to more than a dozen affiliate societies and operate the Society of Physics Students and the Sigma Pi Sigma honors society, helping future generations of physical sciences professionals.
An institute
AIP also serves as an independent institute, advancing the physical sciences enterprise with original statistical research and analysis on economic and education trends and the history of physics. Our five-year Strategic Framework aligns institute operations with our future goals and objectives.
A publisher
AIP publishes Physics Today , which provides authoritative, engaging coverage of physical science research and its applications across all disciplines, and FYI, the leading news source for federal science spending and policy. Our partner organization, AIP Publishing , provides the global physical sciences community with a comprehensive collection of highly cited peer reviewed scientific information. AIP Publishing also publishes on behalf of several of AIP’s Member Societies and other publishing partners.
Committed to diversity
Promoting increased diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the physical sciences is one of AIP’s core values, expressed through our TEAM-UP initiative with Member Societies and other diversity initiatives and programs , including our awards, scholarships and statistical research. Having diverse perspectives in our classrooms, laboratories, fields and front offices expands opportunities for all and leads to better decision-making and outcomes.
A beneficiary of your support
Charitable donations to our AIP Foundation help us to continue and improve our programs that preserve and celebrate the history of physics, foster support for future generations of scientists and make the physical sciences enterprise more equitable and accessible.
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JUN 20 - JUN 23, 2024  Québec, Québec
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AIP’s 2025 Strategic Framework articulates AIP’s aspirations as a federation and an institute, with a reputation as a trusted source for information on the physical sciences and as an employer of excellence.