News Release 

Scientists to chart future of physics at Annual Leadership Meeting

Alan Alda, Kip Thorne, Brian Greene and others to discuss federal science policy, science communication

American Physical Society

Scientific Meeting Announcement

Renowned leaders in physics, policy, and communication will meet online Thursday, February 4 and Saturday, February 6 to discuss the impact of the global pandemic and long-overdue reckoning with systemic racism on the future of science. Registration for the 2021 APS Annual Leadership Meeting is free and open to the public.


  • PBS Science Correspondent Miles O'Brien moderates a panel discussion about federal science policy under the Biden administration with current and former U.S. Representatives and National Science Foundation directors
  • Alan Alda, Brian Greene, and Cailin O'Connor join Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne for a webinar and panel discussion about science communication in the misinformation age
  • Physics faculty and administrators explore how physics departments can thrive in a post-pandemic world and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field
  • APS CEO Jonathan Bagger and President Sylvester James Gates, Jr. premiere a documentary film about 2021 recipients of Society's top honors
  • Early career award recipients deliver rapid fire talks about their research


    2021 APS Annual Leadership Meeting
    Thursday, February 4 & Saturday, February 6, 2021
    Online Anywhere
    Meeting website:
    (available February 3)


    About APS

    The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.

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