Shared Interest Groups
Shared interest groups (SIGs) are a forum where APS members can meet and discuss a field or topic of common interest. SIG membership is a member benefit, and SIGs meet annually at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting.
Join a SIG
SIG Leadership and Activities
Each year, a representative elected by each SIG submits an annual report to the APS Board of Directors. These representatives also serve as liaisons to the Scientific Program Committee Chair to prevent overlap of topics and ensure that SIG needs are reflected in the rest of the scientific program. SIGs designate the topic and format of their meetings held during the APS Annual Scientific Meeting, representatives work with other SIG members to select topics and formats appropriate for their members.
SIG meetings are open to all APS members on a space-available basis and do not conflict with other annual scientific meeting sessions.
All SIGs must operate in accordance with general policies approved by the board of directors. A collective calendar of SIG Chair activities is available.
Fill a Need by Forming a New SIG
APS encourages the formation of new SIGs. Groups of 25 or more APS members may apply to establish a new SIG. The prospective group must create a letter of application, which will be reviewed by the APS Board of Directors.
The letter of application must include
- the name of the proposed SIG
- the description of the proposed activity and scientific focus
- the names and signatures of each founding member.
To submit letters of application or for additional information about forming a SIG, e-mail APS at firstname.lastname@example.org.