Affiliated Society Program

An AIP Affiliated Society is a local, regional, national or international organization interested in physics and allied sciences, with a complementary mission to AIP and AIP Member Societies. Becoming an AIP-Affiliated Society is a formal recognition of this aligned philosophy, goals, and objectives. Through the Affiliated Society program, AIP endeavors to create opportunities for collaboration and leveraging of resources where possible. Affiliated Societies do not pay dues, but do receive several benefits. (Affiliated status is subject to approval by the AIP Governing Board.)

Benefits to AIP Affiliated Societies and their Members:

Opportunities for information exchange, including participation in the AIP Assembly of Society Officers - AIP Member and Affiliated Society leaders convene to discuss areas of mutual concern at the annual Assembly of Society Officers (organized and financed by AIP). Sessions address topics such as challenges/innovations in scientific publishing, public policy, effectively communicating to the public, supporting/growing the membership base, trends in philanthropic giving, strategic planning, supporting science education, promoting science as a viable career choice to a diverse population, and so forth. The Assembly is also a forum where Member and Affiliated Society executives can become better acquainted and share ideas.

Physics Today (PT) subscription discount - Members of AIP Affiliated Societies receive a subscription discount on Physics Today, the most respected and widely read physical sciences magazine in the world. (12 issues/year; 2013 member rate is $25). This monthly flagship publication of the institute covers material of interest to entire physical sciences community and broadens readers’ knowledge of diverse fields; content also includes the human, social, and political sides of science. New material is posted to Physics Today Online daily. Make Physics Today your homepage, or sign up for Physics Today's RSS feeds or news alerts.

Deep discount (40%) on Computing in Science & Engineering magazine (member price: $49; non-members pay $80).

AIP journal subscription discounts – Affiliated Society members are eligible to purchase individual subscriptions (substantially discounted from institutional rates) to the highly acclaimed AIP peer-reviewed journals. For current Affiliated Society member rates and order forms, please contact customer service at +1 516.576.2200 or subs [at]

Media Services provided to Affiliated Societies for a fee (meeting support, journal promotion, strategic communications, planning). AIP staff works together with your staff as needed; media requests from past AIP-prepared press releases handled pro-bono. For more information about online and on-site meeting press rooms, please contact Jason Bardi, Media Services Director, jbardi [at], +1 301.209.3091.

AIP Career Network – Employment site for physicists, engineers and other physics-related professionals in industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector. This service is available to Affiliated Societies for a fee. For more information, contact ptjobs [at],  +1 301.209.3190.

In addition to these benefits, members of AIP Member Societies might be interested in the following services that AIP provides to the broader community:

Inside Science News Service - Keep up to date on the latest happenings in research, current affairs and the science behind the news. Subscribe to the weekly digest of news stories from Inside Science News Service.

FYI - Bulletin of Science Policy News - AIP monitors science policy developments in Washington, and publishes regular FYI news bulletins informing the physical sciences community of opportunities for science and funding decisions that affect them. Summaries are issued two or more times every week.

E-Updates from AIP's Statistical Research Center - Keep abreast of the latest data on education and employment in physics and related fields. Choose from among 16 topics covered by our Center's studies. Join the listserv to be notified whenever new data are available.

Physics Today Career Network - For those looking to hire or be hired, visit the PT Career Network to find more than 200 jobs per month in industry, academia, and government, and more than 7,000 resumes of highly trained job seekers holding physics degrees from B.S. to Ph.D.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives - Anyone interested in science history can explore the NBLA’s matchless collection of historically important printed works, including monographs, textbooks, laboratory manuals, instrument catalogs, and publishes correspondence. Contact nbl [at] Emilio Segrè Visual Archives includes a collection of more than 30,000 historical photographs of influential physicists, as well as other visual materials. The Library has an outstanding collection of oral histories; more than 1,000 are online and many are given by members of the MS.

To apply for Affiliated Society membership:

Send a formal letter of request from executive officers of the society on society letterhead, basic information about the society and leadership structure, its purposes and membership, and copies of the charter, constitution, and bylaws. Complete applications will be considered by the AIP Governing Board at their next meeting.

Electronic applications are encouraged; however, hard copies will also be accepted. You may direct applications and inquiries to:

Liz Dart Caron
Director, Corporate Communications
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20901
lcaron [at]