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Awards dinner 2020

Awards evening celebrates the physicists of yesterday, today and tomorrow

20 November 2019

Yesterday evening IOP President Jonathan Flint CBE and CEO Professor Paul Hardaker welcomed award winners and guests at the 2019 IOP Awards event in London.


Committee recommends Ireland join CERN

13 November 2019

Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Chair of the Institute of Physics Ireland and Assistant Registrar Institute of Technology Carlow, comments on the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s recommendation that Ireland becomes an associate member of CERN.

Bell Burnell applications open

Applications open for Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

1 November 2019

The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, which aims to encourage greater diversity in physics, is now open for applications. Read more on our beta site.

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IOP Teacher Training Scholarships
Are you ready to embark on a career in teaching physics? The IOP is awarding £28,000 Scholarships to 150 talented individuals starting teacher training in England in September 2020. IOP scholarships are awarded to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching.

Research into the impacts of discovery science and maths
The Institute of Physics, together with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry, is commissioning research to create a coherent, up-to-date picture of the impacts of discovery science and maths research in the UK, on our society, environment and economy.

Physics following a ‘no deal’ Brexit
Will a ‘no deal’ Brexit affect the UK physics community and what steps are being taken by the UK Government and the EU to mitigate negative consequences?

IOP hosts science and technology investment roundtable
The Institute of Physics and Industry Forum co-hosted a roundtable with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd MP, to discuss Labour’s plans for investment in science and technology.

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NuFor: Nuclear Forensics
10-11 July 2019, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK Abstract submission: 24 May 2019

Current Research in Magnetism
CRIM 2019: Recent Advances in Antiferromagnetism. Abstract submission deadline 12 July 2019.

Physics Meets Biology Conference
Abstract submission: 14 June 2019

Rugby meeting, 5 June 2019
Registration is now open, book today to secure your place.

Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship
Next application deadline: Monday 15 April 2019

5 December

  • 1863 Birth of Paul Painlevé, who introduced a coordinate system, used in general relativity, which showed that the Schwarzchild Radius is a coordinate singularity rather than a real breaking-down of the theory
  • 1868 Birth of Arnold Sommerfeld, nominated a record 81 times for the Nobel Prize in Physics without ever winning
  • 1901 Birth of Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932
  • 1903 Birth of Cecil Frank Powell, awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize for his technique to study nuclear process and his discovery of the pion
  • 1907 Birth of Guiseppe Occhialini, the Italian physicist who contributed to the discovery of the pion and after whom an IOP award is named
  • 1932 Birth of Sheldon Lee Glashow, awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for his work on electroweak theory

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