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The 9th Ordinary General Meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)
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The 9th Ordinary General Meeting of the Association
of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)


Fig. 1: AAPPS OGM members of the 9th Ordinary General Meeting at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane. Front row (left to right): Minn-Tsong Lin, Monika Raharti, Warrick Couch, Seunghwan Kim, Rajdeep Singh Rawat, Chuang Zhang; back row (right to left): Ruiqin Zhang, Kurunathan Ratnavelu, Naoki Yokoyama, Yasuhiko Fujii, Francis Paraan.

The 9th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) was held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia, on December 4, 2016. The meeting was attended by Seunghwan Kim (Korean Physical Society [KPS] president, AAPPS president); Warrick Couch (Australian Institute of Physics [AIP]); Yasuhiko Fujii (Physical Society of Japan [JPS]); Sukit Limpijumnong (Thai Institute of Physics); Minn-Tsong Lin (PS located in Taipei); Francis Paraan (Physics Society of the Philippines, proxy for Cristine Villagonzalo); Monika Raharti (Indonesian Physical Society, proxy for Mitra Djamal); Kurunathan Ratnavelu (Malaysian Physical Society [MPS]); Rajdeep Singh Rawat (Institute of Physics [IP], Singapore); Naoki Yokoyama (Japan Society of Applied Physics [JSAP], proxy for Kazuo Hotate); Ruiqin Zhang (Physical Society of Hong Kong); and Chuang Zhang (Chinese Physical Society [CPS], proxy for Wenlong Zhan). The meeting was observed by Swee-Ping Chia (AAPPS council member); Hyoung Joon Choi (AAPPS council member); Cathy Foley (Australian Institute of Physics); Dongmei Gu (Chinese Physical Society); Mitsumasa Iwamoto (AAPPS council member); Kuijuan Jin (AAPPS council member); Woo-Sung Jung (Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics [APCTP]); Fu-Jen Kao (AAPPS council member); Mitsuru Kikuchi (AAPPS Division of Plasma Physics [DPP] chair); Sang Pyo Kim (AAPPS council member); Gui-Lu Long (AAPPS council member); Bruce McKellar (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics [IUPAP] president); Tohru Motobayashi (succeeding editor-in-chief of the Bulletin); Youngah Park (AAPPS Women in Physics Working Group [WIP WG] chair); Kazuhiro Tanaka (AAPPS Division of Nuclear Physics [DNP] chair); Ling-an Wu (AAPPS WIP WG); Jun'ichi Yokoyama (deputy editor-in-chief of the Bulletin); Xing Zhu (AAPPS council member); and by Jiyong Bak, and Eunjeong Lee (AAPPS staff members from APCTP).


Fig. 2: AAPPS OGM members and observers of the 9th Ordinary General Meeting at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane. Front row (left to right): Cathy Foley, Monika Raharti, Warrick Couch, Gui-Lu Long, Seunghwan Kim, Bruce McKellar, Youngah Park, Kurunathan Ratnavelu, Chuang Zhang, Ling-an Wu; back row (right to left): Woo-Sung Jung, Hyoung Joon Choi, Fu-Jen Kao, Naoki Yokoyama, Dongmei Gu, Mitsumasa Iwamoto, Jun'ichi Yokoyama, Ruiqin Zhang, Rajdeep Singh Rawat, Sang Pyo Kim, Yasuhiko Fujii, Kuijuan Jin, Francis Paraan, Minn-Tsong Lin, Mitsuru Kikuchi, Tohru Motobayashi, Swee-Ping Chia, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Xing Zhu, Sukit Limpijumnong.

The secretary recorded the presence of twelve members including four proxies and the quorum was met. The president opened the 9th Ordinary General Meeting, and welcomed the presidents, delegates and observers. The agenda of the 9th OGM and the minutes of the 8th OGM were adopted.

Gui-Lu Long explained the election process for the new council and reported on the final slate of fifteen candidates. The out-going council recommended fifteen candidates for the new council, and eleven societies seconded the slate. The president explained the election process and ensured that there were no more recommendation from any society.

The issue of voting rights was discussed. According to article 4.4 of the AAPPS constitution, at any general meeting, the official representative of each member shall have one vote except as provided in clause 7.3, stating that any member society, which is in arrears in the payment of membership fees shall have no vote at General Meetings. Chung Zhang proposed that the representative of Indonesian Physical Society should have a vote. The motion was seconded by Rajdeep Singh Rawat and approved unanimously.

The OGM elected the fifteen candidates in the final slate as new council members: Hyoung-Joon Choi (KPS), Cathy Foley (AIP), Kuijuan Jin (CPS), Fu-Jen Kao (PS located in Taipei), Sang Pyo Kim (KPS), Minn-Tsong Lin (PS located in Taipei), Gui-Lu Long (CPS), Hatsumi Mori (JPS), Kurunathan Ratnavelu (MPS), Rajdeep Singh Rawat (IP, Singapore), Masasski Tanaka (JSAP), Jun'ichi Yokoyama (JPS), Ruiqin Zhang (PS, Hong Kong), and Xing Zhu (CPS), Nguyen Quang Liem (VPS). Seunghwan Kim as the outgoing president shall be the ex officio member of the new council (Constitution 5.2).

The president of AAPPS reported on AAPPS activities in the past three years (2014-2016) as follows. (i) Council meetings were held in Taipei (2014), Seoul (2015), Beijing (2016), and Brisbane (2016) and the offline Bulletin meetings were held in Taipei (2014), Seoul (2015), Beijing (2016), and Pohang (2016). (ii) Three divisions were formed: the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP), the Division of Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Gravity (DACG) and the Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP). The DPP launched the Chandrasekhar Prize and the international journal RMPP. (iii) The administrative headquarters was established at APCTP and strengthened with an MOU with APCTP. APCTP headquarters will support AAPPS divisional activities, prize awardees, the AAPPS Bulletin, information portals, administration and managing of offices/meetings, etc. (iv) The outgoing council secured additional funding from APCTP ($60,000), which was used to support divisional activities, awardees, APPC13, and AAPPS meetings. (v) The publication of the AAPPS Bulletin has been stabilized and enhanced. DPP established Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics (RMPP). (vi) AAPPS helped to establish and support the divisional awards including the Chandrasekhar Prize of DPP and provided support for C. N. Yang Awardees. (vii) The council made efforts to diversify the council and supported the participation of member societies of developing countries in the AAPPS meetings. (viii) The council organized APPC13 in Brisbane together with AIP and decided to hold APPC14 in Malaysia.

Woo-Sung Jung reported on APCTP. He described the renewal of the APCTP-AAPPS MOU and explained the role of APCTP as the administrative headquarters of AAPPS by hosting council and general meetings and the Bulletin's annual meetings, by providing the website, and by supporting divisional activities. APCTP has been providing $10,000 for each APPC and $30,000 for divisional activities each year.

The following societies, represented by council members in attendance, reported respectively on their current status, their activities in 2016, and their plans for 2017: the Australian Institute of Physics (Warrick Couch), the Chinese Physical Society (Xing Zhu), the Physical Society of Hong Kong (Ruiqin Zhang), the Indonesian Physical Society (Monika Raharti), the Physical Society of Japan (Yasuhiko Fujii), Japan Society of Applied Physics (Mitsumasa Iwamoto), the Malaysian Institute of Physics (Kurunathan Ratnavelu), the Institute of Physics, Singapore (Rajdeep Singh Rawat), the Physical Society located in Taipei (Minn-Tsong Lin), the Korean Physical Society (Hyoung-Joon Choi), the Physics Society of the Philippines (Francis Paraan), and the Thai Institute of Physics (Sukit Limpijumnong).

The DPP, DACG and DNP of AAPPS reported on the status of the respective divisions and requested more support from AAPPS and APCTP. Jun'ichi Yokoyama reported on the publication of the Bulletin and introduced Tohru Motobayashi as the next editor-in-chief. Bruce McKellar (IUPAP president, Australia) reported on the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and on cooperation with AAPPS; there are more Asian members of IUPAP than ever before. The IUPAP Council invites AAPPS to join APS and EPS as observer societies. Youngah Park reported on the activities of the Women in Physics (WIP) Group of AAPPS and related international activities. Some details regarding the reports of divisions, the Bulletin, IUPAP and WIP are described in "The Agenda of the 33rd Council Meeting of AAPPS" in this issue of the Bulletin (Vol 27, No.1).

Kurunathan Ratnavelu reported on the preparations associated with APPC 14, to be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, in 2019. The scientific program will cover the same scope as previous APPCs, and the international program committee will be comprised of representatives of AAPPS as well as of members across the four divisions in AAPPS. A tentatively proposed period is August 19-23, 2019, but it will be determined at the next council meeting after considering the academic calendars of each society.