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

Joining a group is the means for you as a member to be part of the physics community and to take part in activities in your particular areas of interest.

The Institute has around 50 groups that cover a wide range of subjects including:

  • specialist areas of physics research and its application, such as the High Energy Particle Physics Group or Plasma Physics Group
  • professional aspects of physicists working in industry, such as the Nuclear Industry Group
  • wider issues that relate to physics and society like the Higher Education Group or Physics Communicators Group
  • some groups are organised jointly with other societies with similar interests, for example the Polymer Physics Group is a joint group with the Royal Society of Chemistry

What do groups do?
Groups have individual programmes, reflecting the needs of their members. 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
  • awarding prizes in their area

Any queries regarding IOP Groups should be emailed to

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Evening lecture: Evolutionary Complexity and the Social World
10 September, 6.30pm, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT

Winter newsletter now available from the Computational Physics Group

Latest Particle Accelerators and Beams Group newsletter now available

Very Early Career Woman Physicist Prize
The Women in Physics Group invites applications from women physicists for the Very Early Career Award 2015. All entries must be received by 15 July.

ICWIP UK report 2014, includes announcements for ICWIP 2017 and information on the new Women in Physics Day

Energy Group newsletter, October issue now availible online

Physics in Public Spaces
Physics Communicators Group Summer Meeting 2015 Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, 23 June, 1-5pm

Physics of Emergent Behaviour conference
Science Museum, 9-10 July 2015

The physics of microorganisms
Monday, 23 March 2015

Quantitative Methods in Gene Regulation III
Monday, 7 December – Tuesday, 8 December 2015

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