General Assembly

General Assembly

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is governed by its General Assembly. The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Union, and meets every three years.

28th General Assembly
2014 – Singapore
27th General Assembly
2011 – London
26th General Assembly
2008 – Tsukuba
25th General Assembly
2005 – Cape Town
24th General Assembly
2002 – Berlin
23rd General Assembly
1999 – Atlanta
22nd General Assembly
1996 – Uppsala
21st General Assembly
1993 – Nara
20th General Assembly
1990 – Dresden
19th General Assembly
1987 – Washington
18th General Assembly
1984 – Trieste
17th General Assembly
1981 – Paris
16th General Assembly
1978 – Stockholm
15th General Assembly
1975 – Munich
14th General Assembly
1972 – Washington
13th General Assembly
1969 – Dubrovnik
12th General Assembly
1966 – Basle
11th General Assembly
1963 – Warsaw
10th General Assembly
1960 – Ottawa
9th General Assembly
1957 – Rome
8th General Assembly
1954 – London
7th General Assembly
1951 – Copenhagen
6th General Assembly
1948 – Amsterdam
5th General Assembly
1947 – Paris
4th General Assembly
1934 – London
3rd General Assembly
1931 – Brussels
2nd General Assembly
1925 – Brussels
1st General Assembly
1923 – Paris

IUPAP was established in 1922 at Brussels with 13 member countries. The history of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics is described in twenty-one previous publications (Documents IUPAP- 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 the souvenir-albums IUPAP – 50 years, and IUPAP-70 years).

The Union is composed of members representing identified physics communities. Adhering bodies act through their Liaison Committees. Delegates from these Committees meet in the General Assemblies of the Union which are held every three years. The General Assembly appoints the members of the Executive Council and various International Commissions, and nominates representatives on various inter-union bodies. The Council usually meets once each year.

The Union adheres to the International Council for Science (ICSU). This Council is at present composed of 25 unions and more than 95 national members. The President of ICSU is Jane Lubchenco (USA), and the Secretary-General is Ana Maria Cetto (Mexico). The administrative office is located:

International Council for Science
51, Boulevard de Montmorency
F-75016 Paris
Tel: +33-1-4525-0329
Fax: +33-1-4288-9431
Email: Secretariat

ICSU provides small grants to its 25 Union Members and to over 20 interdisciplinary ICSU bodies from a Framework Contract from UNESCO as well as ICSU’s own funds. The current grant from ICSU is sufficient to support two or three conference grants.

Conferences and meetings of the International Commissions are mainly supported from funds derived from the members of IUPAP. These funds are also used to meet the administrative expenses of the Union.