This page contains the special things a candidate for President of IAPS needs to know. Be sure to first read what any EC candidate should know.


The President is the highest single position within IAPS. Other than your vote being the tie-breaker, you do not have a higher rank than the other EC members but you do direct the work of the EC and IAPS as a whole, giving you a unique opportunity to really lead IAPS forward and to be the face of our organisation.

Useful skills:

  • Time: a lot of people want to talk to you. Be sure to manage your time well.
  • The ability to lead and make (difficult) decisions while still listening to other peoples point of view.
  • The ability to chair a meeting in an effective and fair manner.
  • Maintaining and developing IAPS’ collaborations.
  • Being ready to travel: the President usually goes to a few extra different meetings throughout the year.
  • Public speaking.
  • Multi-tasking: the EC makes sure that IAPS is running but you have to make sure that the EC is running. You should expect a lot of time discussing with and helping other EC members. There is no need to micromanage but a certain overview is very useful.

What to expect right after the AGM (if elected):

  • Your first official EC meeting is already right after the AGM, where the old EC will have a lot to hand over. Don’t forget that you need to chair this meeting.
  • At the Closing Ceremony, you will present the new EC to the ICPS participants and say a few words about the coming year.

What to expect during the year:

  • Each EC meeting needs to be prepared: you are in charge to draft the agenda but be sure to include every suggestions.
  • Directing the preparations for the annual meeting in Mulhouse and staying in contact with the European Physical Society.
  • Making decisions: is the EC split on a topic? Then you need to find a solution. Often, a simple vote does the trick.
  • Leading the preparations for the Delegate Day.
  • Leading the preparations for the Annual General Meeting.
  • Leading the preparations for the IAPS Workshops.
  • Signing documents: all binding IAPS documents need to be signed by you and one other EC member.
  • Reimbursements: reimbursement forms are sent to the President for signing. When the term is over, they need to be handed over to the next EC and brought to Mulhouse for safe-keeping.

Are you ready to run? Go back here and see how you announce your candidature.

Good luck!