Introduction to the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Physical Society of Taiwan is a grand academic event hosted by the Physical Society of Taiwan (TPS). Experts, scholars, and students of departments related to physics in the country are actively involved in this event. The number of participants in the annual meeting is growing each year and has reached almost 2,000 in recent years. Also, about one hundred international experts and scholars have been invited to the meeting, making the grand event as spectacular as a large-scale international conference. This annual meeting not only facilitates the communication between research institutes in the country but also provides a link between domestic and international academic communities.

Since 1991, the TPS has commissioned domestic academic institutes of physics to host the annual meetings. The hosts have arranged displays of posters and oral presentations, providing opportunities for domestic scholars and students to present their research outcomes. Reputable scholars around the world were also invited by the hosts to advance the interaction between domestic scholars and international academia. Especially since 2018, all speeches of each annual meeting were given entirely in English; the custom has turned the event into a de facto international pageant of physics. The Annual Meeting of the TPS has been significantly effective in boosting the international visibility and international influence of Taiwanese academia.

Now the annual meeting has become a platform for domestic and international physics experts, scholars, and students to communicate with and learn from each other. Three to four world-renowned top scientists, domestic and foreign, would be invited to the annual meeting each year as keynote speakers introducing the latest research breakthroughs and developments in physics. In addition to the agendas of the traditional subcategories of physics, the annual meeting has set up a forum in recent years to provide a communication platform for emerging fields. Through the forum, the aim of interdisciplinary communication can be attained. The competition of posters and oral presentations are also held at the annual meeting to encourage the interchange of ideas between students and young scholars and stimulate their potential and confidence in physical research. Furthermore, we would also invite domestic and foreign technology companies to take part in the exposition at the annual meeting for stimulating the interaction and communication between the academia of physics and the industrial circles, strengthening the vitality of the technology industry, and increasing students’ employment competitiveness.