The African Physical Society is a non-governmental professional association legally incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Ghana, along with the African Association of Physics Students as a subsidiary organization.
It provides a forum to bring together for the purposes of networking, collaboration, and advocacy, all the existing national physical societies, e.g., the Ghana Institute of Physics, Cameroon Physical Society, South African Institute of Physics, Kenya Physical Society. In addition to supporting the existing societies, the African Physical Society endeavors to support and represent physicists and physics students working and studying in countries that do not have a national physical society. It hopes to catalyze the creation of more national physical societies. As an advocate for physics across the continent, the African Physical Society endeavors to increase the resources for physics training and research in Africa, and the economic and social development that follows.
Likewise the purpose of the African Association of Physics Students is to encourage physics students in their scientific and professional work in an African and an international context as well as to promote relations between physics students from all over the world.
The African Physical Society and the African Association of Physics Students are therefore organizations in which all African physicists and physics students can be members, independent of their field of research or country of work or origin. They endeavor to represent the interests of all African physicists and physics students in matters that have a continent-wide and world-wide impact.