About us

The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all.

We have a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government.

Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. And, in our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

Alongside professional support for our members, we engage with policymakers and the public to increase awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us.

Our subsidiary company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific communications, publishing journals, ebooks, magazines and websites globally.

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Opportunity Physics

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Awards

Institute of Physics awards

The President's medal

IOP Awards recognise teams and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in the UK or Ireland

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Governance

The Institute is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 293851) and Scotland (no. SC040092).

Governance 

Royal Charter

The Institute acquired the Royal Charter in 1970

Royal Charter 

Support and grants

Sources of funding from the Institute of Physics

Support and grants 

International

Although a UK and Ireland society, the IOP recognises that physics is an international endeavour

International 

Jobs at the IOP

Vacancies at the Institute of Physics

Jobs at the IOP 

Institute history

A brief history of the Institute of Physics

Institute history 

Environmental Policy Statement

Outlining the IOP's environmental policy

Environmental Policy Statement 



Other IOP websites


More than a physics publisher

Related information

Publications

The Institute of Physics Strategy 2015–19

The Institute’s strategy shows the outcomes with which we expect to deliver a step change over the next five years. It will drive the focus for our work and our desire to engage others to help deliver this

What does a physicist look like?

What does a physicist look like?