Various specialist societies of the different scientific disciplines as well as the Cantonal and Regional societies for natural sciences are member of SCNAT.

Swiss Physical Society (SPS)

Logo von Schweizerische Physikalische Gesellschaft
The Swiss Physical Society (SPS) is the national professional association of Physicists coming from teaching, research, development and industry. The diversity of modern research in physics is reflected in ten specific sections.
The SPS promotes the scientific dialogue between physicists and any person interested in questions on physics through congresses, symposia and workshops, as well as through the publication of the society’s periodical ("SPS Communications") and its website .
The society enables contacts to professionals for questions from politics or the general public, if clarification requires the knowledge of physics.
A central preoccupation is the encouragement of the youth: the SPS rewards the excellence of young physicists by awarding several annual prizes, each with a prize sum of CHF 5000.-. The society is involved in the questions related to all levels of education in physics and intensifies the contacts with schools and the general public thanks to its own specialised section "Education and Promotion of Physics". Further, the SPS ideologically and financially supports the activities of "Schweizer Jugend forscht".
The SPS also maintains close contacts with industry partners and thus provides a forum at the interface between fundamental research and applied physics. The membership of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) is beneficial for both parties. As a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the SPS maintains intensive contacts with other natural sciences such as specialised geosciences and biology. The SPS is also a member of the European Physical Society (EPS), in which members of the SPS are regularly committed to functions in the committee, in order contribute to the international decision-making.

Year founded: 1908
Number of members: 1'100 (2023)
Swiss Physical Society (SPS) is a member of SCNAT, Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics (Platform MAP)


Swiss Physical Society (SPS)
c/o Departement Physik, Universität Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel