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Korean Physical Society

1. New President and Major Activities

Prof. Cheol Eui Lee of Korea University officially began a two-year term as president of the Korean Physical Society (KPS) effective January 1, 2013. Under his leadership, the board of secretaries has administered KPS affairs entrusted by the newly formed board of directors. The incumbent secretaries have been working diligently to protect members' interests in terms of academic activities and research funds. KPS holds biannual scientific meetings and respective division-led international conferences. It is of note that remarkable progress has been made in publishing scientific journals, including two SCI-listed journals. In addition, KPS engages in basic science forums and diverse educational schemes such as a physics accreditation system.

2. Biannual Scientific Meetings

KPS hosts regular scientific meetings in the spring and fall. Approximately 2,000 members participate in the three-day meetings and have released nearly 1,200 papers. The program includes world-renowned scientists' keynote speeches, with a 'Pioneering Symposium', a 'Focused Session' organized by each division, a 'Tutorial Session', a 'Women's Session', an 'Industry Academia Session' and other sessions created by members' needs. Additionally, international conferences such as Stat- Phys25, ISPSA2013 and ICAMD2013 took place in the fields of statistical physics, semiconductor physics and applied physics in 2013, which brought Korean physics to an even higher level.

3. Scientific Journals

KPS publishes two SCI-listed journals: Journal of the Korean Physical Society (JKPS, IF: 0.447), and Current Applied Physics (CAP, IF: 1.9) and also has a newly listed journal, New Physics: Sae Mulli. JKPS is a typical domestic scientific journal which reports research results of all physics fields. While CAP, holding an internationally competitive impact factor, has been arranging new programs to achieve an IF 2.0. Meanwhile, Sae Mulli is currently taking steps to be listed in Scopus by opening a new English website at http://www.npsm-kps.org/.

4. Physics Education Projects and Web-Based Operation

KPS has been working on different educational projects in order to put physics education in the forefront and to present physics to the general public. The physics accreditation system is the process of assessing and publicly recognizing physics competence of individuals by a level system. The system offers an eight-level basic track and a master track which requires passes in four specific subjects. Annually, around 10,000 applicants take accreditation tests scheduled four times a year. Furthermore, we have a physics competition that is designed for middle school students, physicist cubs. KPS also made a significant contribution to bringing physics closer to the public by hosting the Physics Student UCC Contest for university students. In a bid to go mobile, KPS started to run its own app named 'Physics App'. The app is designed for users to handle administrative work, search for information on scientific meetings such as programs, abstracts and presenter indexes, browse KPS journals and download physics education-related materials on Android handsets.

5. Aiming to Promote Fundamental Science

Recently, decreased government support caused fundamental science institutes to compete for research funding with their counterparts. KPS, as an umbrella society, is taking a leading role in organizing forums and speaking for institutes to help them secure research funds from the government. KPS will increase efforts to cooperate with other physics-related societies by jointly seeking ways to improve its journals and scientific meetings.

 
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