AIP Member Society Benefits

Bringing together large and small scientific societies, AIP represents one of the largest collections of physical scientists in the world. Through AIP, Member Societies (MS) benefit from access to other scientific societies, allowing them to extend their influence beyond their membership, stay closely connected to the broader physical sciences community, and strengthen their public positions on policy trends and overarching community concerns. 

AIP serves its Member Societies and their members, both directly and indirectly, through information-based products and services. AIP also provides certain administrative and other services to those Member Societies that need such services. AIP addresses the common interests of the Member Societies in history, education, careers, education and employment statistics, news media, and government relations. MS programmatic interests define the core scope of AIP’s information-based offerings. MS projects are given across-the-board preference in pricing and priority. 
 

Benefits and Services for Member Societies

Information Exchange. Member Society Liaison Committees are organized and financed by AIP, for the purposes of exchanging information and expertise and developing innovative strategies for making progress on issues relevant to all science. Liaison Committees address activities involving Education, Public Policy, History Preservation, and Under-Represented Minorities (outside societies such as the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists join this committee, for a strong link to the minority community).

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. (AIP reimburses the cost of participation for the president or alternate representative from each MS).

Venture Partnership Fund. AIP funds collaborative partnerships proposed by the MS to support innovative outreach projects that advance shared objectives. Introduced in 2016, the Venture Partnership Fund provides up to $300,000 annually for a collaborative project or initiative between AIP and one or more Member Societies.

Public Outreach. AIP pulls MS together to collaborate on joint exhibits (e.g. USA Science & Engineering Festival) and supports MS hands-on activities for the public (e.g. Students Exploring Engineering and Science program).

Diversity. In direct response from the Member Societies' desire that AIP address diversity at the macro level (i.e. increasing minority representation in the pipeline), AIP has formed the National Task Force to Elevate African American Representation in Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy (TEAM-UP) aimed at bringing physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees among African Americans to parity with overall bachelor’s degree outcomes for African Americans.

History and preservation. AIP History Programs’ archivists, librarians, and historians:

  • collect and maintain resources on the histories of the specific disciplines represented by the MS;  
  • preserve and catalog historical records of all MS;
  • acquire and catalog online photos that are historically valuable to the MS (society leadership; key figures); and
  • train and support oral history projects for the MS.

Government Relations. AIP provides no-cost support to the MS to advance science policy campaigns, increase visibility and representation through Executive Branch and Congressional visits, sign on to Member Society statements for endorsement, and enhance other Government Relations efforts.

Connection to undergraduate students. The Society of Physics Students (SPS) joint membership program introduces students into MS membership.  SPS supports MS meetings which enriches technical programming and social engagement for undergraduate students in the physical sciences. (Poster and contributed sessions, student receptions and outreach events.) SPS student reporters also promote MS meetings via reports made available to the national membership of SPS (~5,000 students).

BoardSource. Unlimited access to reliable information to guide board leadership and governance practices of not-for-profit organizations. Available to all Member Society leadership, staff, and members.

Leadership. Member Societies appoint members to the AIP Governing Board.

Dues. As a benefit of membership, AIP continues to waive student dues for its Member Societies in 2019 Regular dues were recently reduced by more than $2.00; 2019 dues are $7.68 per regular member.

Fellowship administration. MS may sponsor or co-sponsor fellowships, which AIP will administer.

Meeting support. AIP offers a variety of meeting support services, including: 

  • Student Offerings – SPS can support MS meetings by enriching the technical programming and social engagement for undergraduate student attendees;

  • Programing for the Private Sector – AIP jointly sponsors events at MS meetings to support registrants interested in industrial applications and careers outside of academia. Typical support is $2K per yearly event;

  • Invited talks – AIP staff often give invited talks at MS meetings, especially in the areas of history and statistics, including the status of minorities in the physical sciences;

  • AIP Booth Promotes Added Benefits to MS Members – AIP exhibits at MS Annual Meetings.

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Additional partnership opportunities (fee-for-service):

Media services. MS receive preferential pricing for a range of services (meeting support, journal promotion, strategic communications, planning). AIP staff works together with MS 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, visit AIP Science News and Media services.

Human Resources services. Services available to MS include consulting in areas of compensation, employee relations, performance management and recruitment. Member Societies may be eligible to participate in AIP health and flexible spending plans for employees. Inquiries may be directed to humanresources [at] aip.org

AIP Career Network. Partners expand their career resources – and member value – through this shared job board for physical scientists and engineers in industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector. The network enables seamless integration of job listings on partners’ own sites and hosts career webinars. Discounted rates apply to eligible Member Societies. 

Statistical research services. The Statistical Research Center has more than 20 years of experience in conducting leading-edge surveys on issues of concern to specific scientific and scholarly societies. MS projects are given priority over other societies' projects (timing-wise), and staff time is billed at a lower rate. Member Societies also get free member surveys and free review of survey instruments, grants and contracts, as staff resources allow.

Retention and Renewal Support. MS can attract back lapsed members or retain existing members by using Physics Today as a membership marketing vehicle. MS receive one free month of support, and may pay for additional months afterwards. 

Advertising in Physics Today. Member Societies can place ads in Physics Today at a 60% discount (guaranteed placement/timing), and can submit “house ads” for consideration when ad space is unsold (no guarantee, but no cost).

 

Additional services provided by AIP Publishing LLC:

AIP Publishing, AIP’s subsidiary, has a mission to serve scientists and serve society partners through the dissemination of high-quality research in order to support research, education and scholarship in the physical sciences. To achieve this, AIP Publishing partners with leading societies and can provide a full suite of publishing and other services, including:

Membership data management services. With a robust database environment and application framework, as well as an understanding of its partners' objectives, AIP Publishing can handle the increasingly sophisticated subscription and member data management requirements that societies struggle with. Our Oracle platform allows us to track a myriad of activities and is extremely scalable, enabling enhancements and growth while providing all the functionality necessary to manage ever-evolving subscription files and membership databases. All functions integrate seamlessly with the Scitation publishing platform. For more information, contact: subs [at] aip.org; 1.800.344.6909.

Exhibit & meeting management. For over 30 years, the AIP Publishing team has provided professional, cost-effective organization of successful vendor showcases at society meetings and conferences. For additional information, contact Bob Finnegan, rfinneg [at] aip.org; +1 516.576.2433).

Publication of conference proceedings. AIP Conference Proceedings report findings presented at many of the most important scientific meetings around the world. Published proceedings are valuable as topical status reports providing quick access to information before it appears in the traditional journal literature. Contact: confproc [at] aip.org

For societies interested in discussing publishing opportunities and the benefits of partnering with AIP Publishing, please contact John Haynes, CEO, AIP Publishing (jhaynes [at] aip.org).

 

Benefits for AIP Member Society (MS) members

Physics Today (PT). MS Members receive free print and online subscriptions to PT, the most respected and widely read physical sciences magazine in the world. PT covers material of interest to entire MS community and broadens members’ knowledge of diverse fields; content also includes the human, social, and political sides of science. 12 issues/year; (subscription for non-members is $35). 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.

Group Insurance. Member Society members are eligible to participate in APSIT, a trust that offers life, disability, long-term care, and discounted pharmaceutical insurance. For more information, visit http://apsitinsurance.com/  

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

History resources. Access to the historical records, members' oral histories, and photographs of the AIP Member Societies (Records are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation but may be used with permission of the MS.)

Public policy fellowships. Only members of AIP Member Societies are eligible to apply for AIP's Congressional and State Department Fellowships.

 

Additional Benefits for the Wider Community

MS support AIP’s efforts to support a wider community than that which the Member Societies can go alone. Membership in AIP extends the Member Societies' reach, to further their missions and reach a larger population of stakeholders, including students, educators, policy makers, historians, and the general public.

FYI: Science Policy News. AIP monitors science policy developments in Washington, and publishes regularly through FYI. FYI informs the physical sciences community of opportunities for science and funding decisions that affect them. Sign up here.

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

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] aip.org). The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives includes a collection of more than 30,000 historical photographs of MS presidents and 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.

Public Lectures. Lectures in science heritage and outreach are organized several times per year at AIP's headquarters in College Park, MD, the American Center for Physics.

 

To take advantage of any of these services

Contact Liz Dart Caron (+1-301-209-3034; lcaron [at] aip.org), who can put you in touch with the right individuals.