The Institute of Experimental Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice was established on January 1, 1969.
The first director of the institute was Prof.J. Dubinský, who resided until 1980. Between 1980 and 1986 the Institute was headed by Academician V.Hajko. 1986 -1990 by Dr.M.Seman and since 1990 it has been headed by Dr.Peter Kopčanský.
The Institute of Experimental Physics consists of seven scientific departments.
The Department of Space Physics
The Department of Subnuclear Physics
The Department of Magnetism
The Department of Low Temperature
The Department of Metal Physics
The Department of Biophysics
The Department of Theoretical Physics
The Scietific Council elected by the research staff represents a counsultative-advisory body. The institute employs around 120 people including research staff with the scientific qualification - Candidatus Scientiarum (PhD) and Doctor Scientiarum (second degree), graduate students, technicians and administration.
Before the foundation of IEP there had been three decades of scientific activities in several physics laboratories and departments in the two main universities - the Technical University (TU) and the P.J.Šafárik University (UPJŠ) of the city of Košice.