European Physical Society

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European Physical Society
PurposePromote physics and physicists in Europe
Luc Bergé [1]

The European Physical Society (EPS) is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe through methods such as physics outreach. Formally established in 1968,[2] its membership includes the national physical societies of 42 countries, and some 3200 individual members. The Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, the world's largest and oldest organisation of physicists, is a major member.[3]


One of its main activities is organizing international conferences.

The EPS sponsors conferences other than the Europhysics Conference, like the International Conference of Physics Students in 2011.[4]

Divisions and groups[edit]

The scientific activities of EPS are organised through Divisions and Groups, who organise topical conferences, seminars, and workshops. The Divisions and Groups are governed by boards elected from members. The current Divisions of the EPS are:

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division
  • Condensed Matter Division
  • Environmental Physics Division
  • Gravitational Physics Division
  • High Energy Particle Physics Division
  • Nuclear Physics Division
  • Division of Physics in Life Sciences
  • Physics Education Division
  • Plasma Physics Division
  • Quantum Electronics and Optics Division
  • European Solar Physics Division
  • Statistical & Nonlinear Physics Division

And the current Groups of the EPS are:

  • Accelerator Group
  • Computational Physics Group
  • Energy Group
  • History of Physics Group
  • Physics for Development Group
  • Technology and Innovation Group


The EPS awards a number of prizes, including the Edison Volta Prize, the EPS Europhysics Prize, the EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prizes, the High Energy and Particle Physics Prize[5] and the Rolf Wideroe Prize.

It also recognises sites which are historically important for advances to physics, such as the Blackett Laboratory (UK) in 2014,[6] and the Residencia de Estudiantes (Spain) in 2015.[7]


Its letters journal is EPL;[8] its other publications include Europhysics News[9] and the European Journal of Physics.[10]



  1. ^ "EPS Council 2020: Luc Bergé is the next EPS President-Elect". EPS. 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  2. ^ Lewis, John L. (1999), 125 Years: The Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, Taylor & Francis, p. 126, ISBN 0-7503-0609-2
  3. ^ DPG (in German), Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, archived from the original on 2009-03-12, retrieved 2008-12-13, European Physical Society (EPS), in der auch die DPG als nationale Gesellschaft Mitglied ist.
  4. ^ "EPS Sponsored Conferences". European Physical Society. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  5. ^ "EPS Europhysics Prize". European Physical Society. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  6. ^ Narcross, Jon (2014–2016). "Imperial's Blackett Lab recognised as an historic site in physics research". Imperial College. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ "EPS Historic Sites - The Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, Spain". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. ^ Burr, Frédéric (Editor) EPL - A Letters Journal Exploring the Frontiers of Science ISSN 0295-5075 (Print) ISSN 1286-4854 (Online), Accessed 21 July 2012
  9. ^ Sébenne, Claude (Editor) Europhysics News ISSN 0531-7479 (Print Edition), ISSN 1432-1092 (Electronic Edition), Accessed 21 July 2012
  10. ^ European Journal of Physics, ISSN 0143-0807, retrieved 2012-07-21
  11. ^ "EPS Past Presidents" (PDF). EPS. 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.

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