East Midlands Branch

The East Midlands Branch covers Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Loughborough, Northampton and Nottingham, with centres based in Derby, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham. We organise a full programme of lectures, meetings and conferences in the East Midlands and work locally to promote physics, physics education and public understanding of physics.

To see our upcoming events, please go to our events site.

Girlguiding ‘I am a physicist badge’ launch

The IOP East Midlands branch are really excited to announce the launch of the ‘I am a physicist’ Girlguiding badge and resource designed to introduce girls to the fascinating world of physics in a way that is accessible, fun and educational.

Currently being piloted in Nottinghamshire, the badge is open to all Girlguiding sections with age appropriate activities from the youngest Rainbow at 5 to the oldest Ranger at 18. We hope leaders will enjoy the activities too.

The challenge is in four sections:

  • Section 1: Experience
  • Section 2: Create
  • Section 3: Investigate
  • Section 4: Meet, visit, community

The pilot will run until the end of the year during which time workshops will be run to support leaders, the first of which will be at County Day on 23 March. Look out in the Girlguiding Nottinghamshire diary for further dates.

Further information is available in our syllabus and on the Girlguiding Nottinghamshire website and we've made some short videos showing the experiments.

If you have questions you can't find the answers to here, please contact us at iamaphysicistbadge@iop.org.


  1. You and your group have completed the badge and would like to request some badges.

    Excellent – well done. Please fill in the feedback form and we'll post your badges as soon as we can.
  2. You’re having trouble attaching the feedback form.

    The feedback form is now available to fill in online.
  3. You would love to do the badge, but have seen the pilot is in Nottinghamshire and your group is outside of Nottinghamshire. Can you still do the badge?

    Yes you can! Groups outside of the county are welcome to complete the challenge badge and will receive badges in return for feedback. However, we’re unable to offer support outside of Nottinghamshire for the meet/visit section of the badge. However, you may already know a physicist who could help. Perhaps one of your girls’ parents is a physicist? Or try your local observatory, university or science museum for contacts or a visit.
  4. You are based in Nottinghamshire but don't know any physicists and are looking for help with the meet/visit part of the badge.

    We are trying to get a physicist to as many groups in Nottinghamshire requesting help as possible. Please bear with us as visits are in high demand. You can help us by specifying in your email: where you are, the number of girls in the group and some suggested dates for a visit. Also please consider combining with other groups as larger groups will get priority. If you can't wait, we also recommend asking your girls’ parents if they are, or know any, physicists. Or arrange a visit to your local observatory or a science museum such as Green's Mill or Leicester Space Centre.
  5. You haven't started the badge yet but are wondering how long the free badges will be available?

    We aim to provide free badges to everyone who has completed the badge (Nottinghamshire and beyond) until the end of 2019.

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