Changing our membership structure

We are making changes to our membership categories and fees.

Following a year-long consultation with our members, and an overwhelming majority vote at our 2017 Annual General Meeting, we are making changes to our membership structure and fees to allow us to engage and better support our members. These changes are part of the exciting developments that will be taking place at the IOP in the coming months and years.

The main changes are:

1)  Simplifying our membership structure from seven to four categories

2)  A fee model that aligns with the proposed structure

3)  Introducing a fee for undergraduates and trainees to improve engagement and how we support them

These changes will allow us to support members by:

  • Creating an inclusive and equal membership for all physics professionals
  • Supporting professional development throughout an individual’s career
  • Simplifying our fee model and giving members a fairer structure
  • Improving the benefits of membership for undergraduates and trainees
  • Increasing our concession threshold so finance is not a barrier to progression
  • Building a community of professional members and supporting the wider community of all those who share our passion for physics

On these pages, we have outlined the changes we are proposing with further background information available on our governance pages.

If you have any further questions about these changes, you can email our membership team at

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