The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation created for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving its member societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public.
As a "society of societies," AIP supports ten Member Societies and provides a spectrum of services and programs devoted to advancing the science and profession of physics. A pioneer in digital publishing, AIP is also one of the world's largest publishers of physics journals and produces the publications of more than 25 scientific and engineering societies through its New York-based publishing division.
In 1931 a group of American physical science societies joined forces to create an institute that would strengthen their response to the practical and philosophical uncertainties facing their field. Learn more about AIP's history here, and at the coverage of AIP's 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2006.
Our efforts are supported by four goals and are focused on the following areas:
- Supporting our member societies by providing efficient services and systems for essential society functions.
- Advancing the science of physics as publisher of leading research journals, magazines, and conference proceedings.
- Tracking employment and education trends through statistical reports that have charted the progress of physics for more than six decades.
- Fostering connections between science & industry by creating strong ties between corporate leaders and the larger physics community.
- Preserving the past through the archival collections and outreach programs of AIP's Center for History of Physics.
- Mentoring tomorrow's physicists through support of undergraduate physics, as well as initiatives to shape and energize science education.
- Promoting science in the public realm by advocating sound science policy to Congress, and through outreach to the general public.
Website: AIP Homepage