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About the USLC

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was founded in 1922 to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation in physics, and the worldwide development of science. Many branches of physics are represented in the IUPAP International Commissions, which are assigned specific tasks as defined in the mandates of each commission. Presently, there are twenty specialized commissions and four affiliated commissions.

The mission of IUPAP is to assist the worldwide development of physics, to foster international collaboration in physics, and to assist in the application of physics in solving problems of concern to humanity; IUPAP carries out this mission by sponsoring international meetings, fostering communications and publications, encouraging research and education, fostering free circulation of scientists, promoting international agreements on symbols, units, and nomenclature, and cooperating with other organizations on disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems.

It is the responsibility of the U.S. Liaison Committee for IUPAP (USLC/IUPAP) to:

  • promote the aims of IUPAP by active participation of its members in the Commissions, i.e., fostering in the U.S. and abroad the development of physics research in academia and industry, promoting diversity and careers of young scientists, strengthening international collaboration and planning of large future facilities, and addressing issues affecting the conduct of science, as well as global issues affecting humanity worldwide;
  • develop initiatives and collaboration on joint projects with the American Physical Society and associated societies and the IUPAP Commissions;
  • nominate U.S. members for the IUPAP Commissions; and
  • recommend for nomination by the NAS delegates to the IUPAP General Assembly.

For more information on the USLC/IUPAP, please consult the committee’s bylaws (PDF).

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is the U.S. adhering body to the International Council for Science (ICSU) and its Unions. Accordingly, the NAS has the responsibility to foster U.S. participation and cooperation in international science activities; to communicate to the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other U.S. Government Institutions the importance of IUPAP’s activities to international collaboration in science, to free exchange of scientific information and free circulation of scientists, to international agreements and standards, and also the broader impact of physics on development around the world.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1318107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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