Annual Themes

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The Society of Physics Students (SPS) national council often selects an annual theme around which many SPS programs, publications, and promotional materials are focused. Since 2013, SPS has espoused the following theme:

Science Beyond Borders: Physics For All

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We are connected now more than ever before—at every level—as physicists, scientists, members of society, and as humans. The advent of faster travel and instant communication connects people of all backgrounds across national, political, and ethnic borders. In the modern connected world, physics is no longer an arcane science restricted to those with a PhD: physicists collaborate with biologists, engineers, and economists to help with education, climate science, and energy production. These are issues that affect everyone, and an understanding of physics enables involvement and brings new perspective for the betterment of all. Physicists have a responsibility not just to discover, but also to share and to educate. Science plays a key role in a connected world, but it is not an automatic one. We must choose to forge the links between science and society, between the lab and the living room, and across the barriers that constantly threaten to divide the world. We must choose to bring physics to all.

by Chris Faesi, former student member, SPS National Council

Previous SPS Themes

2012: Connectiong Worlds—Science Beyond Borders

2011: A Century of Revolution / Celebrating 100 years since the discovery of the atomic nucleus

2010: Exciting the Imagination / LaserFest

2009: A Universe of Wonder / International Year of Astronomy

2008: Future Faces of Physics / Encouraging diversity in the future faces of physics!