Groups

Be at the heart of the physics community by joining one of the Institute’s member-led groups.

Joining a group feeds your passion for physics and allows you to play a pivotal role in the physics community. Groups enable you to take part in activities in your particular areas of interest and to share and receive expert advice on developments in your sector. Visit the IOP blog to find out why joining a group could benefit your career.

The Institute has 51 groups that cover a wide range of subjects. Full list of groups can be found here. You can join as many groups as you feel are relevant to your areas of expertise or interest.

Why join a group?
Groups build a strong community, enabling you to make connections and engage in thought-provoking discussions. As part of a group you will have opportunities to advance and drive the physics discipline forward, as well as a way of developing personal and professional relationships.

What do groups do?
Members of each group elect a committee that is responsible for developing the group’s activities. Committees work with group members to organise relevant events, award prizes and to share news. They also gather intelligence that informs consultations with funders and policymakers. Their activities include:

  • Arranging conferences, seminars and workshops for their members and others
  • Producing newsletters to keep their members in touch with the latest developments in their field
  • Promoting interaction between physicists working in industry and research, providing opportunities for networking and a forum for meeting and discussion
  • Awarding bursaries to help research students attend conferences via the Research Student Conference Fund
  • Providing information on relevant meetings organised by other bodies
  • Responding to policy consultation

How can being a member of a group help me?

For students and apprentices, groups provide a great way to discover which areas of physics spark the most passion for you. Learn about and explore cutting edge research and innovation in physics, and be inspired by leaders in your sector and beyondFor established professionals, groups provide an opportunity to take a leading role in your community by joining a committee. You can build an international network of professional connections, as well as developing skills and knowledge that can be hugely beneficial to your careerFor senior leaders, groups enable you to work with the community to think strategically about the future of physics discovery and innovation. You’ll be able to galvanise industry–academia collaborations, and to lead responses to consultations from research councils and government.

How do I join a group?
To join a group you need to be a member of the IOP. You can find out more about the different member grades and how to join on our membership pages.

If you are already an IOP member then you can join a group through the MyIOP membership portal. Select ‘change my groups’ from the option on the left menu. There is no limit to the number of groups you can join and there is no fee.

If you have any queries regarding IOP groups please email groups@iop.org or call 020 7470 4860

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