Profile and Understanding

The German Physical Society (DPG) is there for everyone: students, professors, pupils, teachers, people working in industry or simply interested in physics. The DPG is the mouthpiece of physics and contact for people interested in physics. As a non-profit association, it does not pursue any economic interests and is based on the principles of voluntarism and voluntary work. In the DPG, young scientists meet Nobel Laureates, interested parties with experts and young with old. Together they form the world's largest physical society.

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The main concerns of the DPG are the promotion of physics and its sub and neighbouring fields, the exchange of experience in teaching, research and application, the consultation of decision-makers in questions of research promotion, education and the profession as well as the promotion of young scientists and their professional future. Equal opportunities play a special role here. With the annual DPG Spring Meetings, the DPG Annual Meeting and many other scientific or public events, the DPG tries to put its concerns into practice. It regularly publishes studies and information material to inform the scientific community and the general public about physical topics. With various awards, the DPG honours outstanding achievements in the field of physics and maintains diverse relationships with domestic, foreign and international associations with the same or similar objectives.


The DPG commits itself and its members to stand up for freedom, tolerance, truthfulness and dignity in science and to be aware that those working in science are particularly responsible for shaping the whole of human life. The principles of the association are laid down in the DPG's statutes and its implementing provisions.