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Board on Physics and Astronomy

The important questions in physics and astronomy change as we learn more about nature, and the rate of change has been increasing. The Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA) seeks to inform the government and the public regarding important scientific opportunities and issues as well as the changing nature of science. The BPA builds bridges between the evolving subdisciplines of physics and astronomy and between these and other areas of science. The BPA is successful if it helps both the science community and society understand what is needed to continue the advance of physics and astronomy and why doing so is important.

BPA Overall Objectives

Every activity of the BPA is aimed at accomplishing one or more of seven goals:

  1. Monitor the health of physics and astronomy.
  2. Identify trends in research and new developments at the scientific forefronts.
  3. Foster interactions with other fields and cooperation among academic disciplines.
  4. Strengthen connections to technology.
  5. Facilitate effective service to the nation.
  6. Improve public understanding of science.
  7. Encourage cooperation among federal agencies, government laboratories, and universities involved in research in physics and astronomy.

Project Information

Upcoming Meetings

April 24-25, 2015
Keck Center
Washington, DC

Past Meetings

November 1-2, 2014
Arnold and Mabel
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda

April 25-26, 2014
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda

November 18-19, 2013
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda

April 26-27, 2013 
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda

November 10-11, 2012
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda

April 27-28, 2012
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations

November 6-7, 2011
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Presentations

April 29-30, 2011
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations

November 6-7, 2010
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Presentations

April 23-24, 2010
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations

November 7-8, 2009
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Presentations

April 24-25, 2009
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations

November 1-2, 2008
Beckman Center
Irvine, CA
Agenda -- Presentations

April 25-26, 2008 
Keck Center
Washington, DC
Agenda -- Presentations

Support

The Committee is pleased to acknowledge support from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.