International scientific organization

IUPAP - International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

IUPAP was founded in 1922 in Brussels with 13 member-nations and its first General Assembly was held in Paris in 1923. The Union's goals are to:

  • stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics;
  • sponsoring major international meetings and assisting the organizing committees;
  • encourage the preparation and publication of abstracts of the works and the tables of constants in physics;
  • promoting international agreements on the use of symbols, units, terminology and standards;
  • promoting the free circulation of scientists;
  • encourage research and teaching.

The Union is governed by its General Assembly which meets every three years. The Council is the main executive entity which supervises the activities of 19 specialist International Committees and three Affiliated Boards. As one of the basic sciences, physics has bonds with all branches of the natural sciences. Many of the most important developments are accomplished in cross-disciplinary areas. In order to cover the interdisciplinary activities, IUPAP maintains close ties with many of the other Unions. In some cases this collaboration is implemented through the associate members of IUPAP Boards. The Union participates in many ICSU's Inter-Union commissions and its global projects. The Union is made up of members representing the well identified physics communities. Up to 2016, IUPAP counts 60 members.


IUPAP Secretariat: Maitri Bobba / Sun Han
email: - 60 Nanyang View - Singapore 639673
Web site:



Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi
Ottava strada, 5 (Zona Industriale) - 95121 Catania
Phone number: 06 4993 4594

Substitute delegate


Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 - 20133 Milano
Phone number: 02 2399 6150

Reports IUPAP

Last update: 25/01/2020