Professional Associations (Science)

Professional associations and societies are good places to find information about specific fields. Generally, these are organizations of people in a particular field. Many associations and societies, however, have good outreach and education programs to provide information to people who are interested in the topic but not professionals. There are thousands of such societies worldwide. This list includes some of the larger societies.

For a big list of science societies, covering every science field that you can imagine—and, probably, a few beyond that (for example, the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association)—go to the Internet Public Library’s list of Science and Technology Associations:

General Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science:

National Science Foundation:

Royal Society (United Kingdom):

Physical Sciences

American Chemical Society:

American Institute of Physics:

American Physical Society:

Royal Society of Chemistry (United Kingdom):

Biological Sciences

American Institute of Biological Sciences:

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology:

Earth and Space Sciences

American Astronomical Society:

American Geological Institute:

American Geophysical Union:

American Meteorological Society:

International Astronomical Union:

Technology and Engineering

IEEE (originally the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers):

International Technology Education Association:

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