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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

BPA Spring 2019 Meeting
April 25-26, 2019
Washington, DC
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Past Meetings

BPA Fall 2018 Meeting
November 28-29, 2018
Irvine, California
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BPA Spring 2018 Meeting
April 26-27, 2018
Washington, DC
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BPA Fall 2017 Meeting
November 2-3, 2017
Irvine, California
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November 14-15, 2016
Irvine, California
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May 3-4, 2016
Keck Center
Washington, DC
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Support

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