Forum on Physics and Society

The Forum on Physics and Society (FPS) is a forum of the American Physical Society, organized in 1971 to address issues related to the interface of physics and society as a whole. The support of APS members is vital to the work of the Forum, both because Forum activities are coordinated by its active members and the financial support the Forum receives from the APS depends on its membership. All APS members may join one Forum free of charge.

Gray arrow History of the APS Forum on Physics and Society (1972–2015)

Congratulations to New Prize & Award Recipients

2020 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award
Adam Frank, University of Rochester

2020 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award
France A. Córdova, National Science Foundation

News & Announcements

FPS October 2020 Newsletter
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2019 FPS Election Results
The results of our 2019 FPS elections are as follows:
VIce-Chair: Henry C. Kelly
Councilor: Bev Hartline
Members-at-Large: Cherrill Spencer and Sebastien Philippe

Henry will serve one year as Vice-Chair and then transition to each of Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair for one year each. Bev's term as Councilor will run from 1/20 to 12/23, and the Members-at-Large will serve three year terms from 1/20 to 12/22. The terms of Kelly Chipps and Lisbeth Gronlund are over at the end of this month, 12/19. For the period 1/2020 to 12/2020, our Past Chair will be Joel Primack; our Chair will be Bill Colglazier, the Chair-Elect will be Stewart Prager, and the VIce-Chair will be Henry C. Kelly.

FPS Newsletters

Physics and Society (P&S), a quarterly newsletter is available here back to 1973. It includes original research articles, reports on Forum-sponsored APS sessions, letters and regular book reviews. It is sent free of charge to all Forum members.

Recent Issues:
October 2020
July 2020
April 2020
January 2020


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.