European Physical Society

European Physical Society
PurposePromote physics and physicists in Europe
Luc Bergé

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, 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.


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.

Divisions and groups

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 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, and the Residencia de Estudiantes (Spain) in 2015.


Its letters journal is EPL; its other publications include Europhysics News and the European Journal of Physics.


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