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Environmental physics essay competition

The Environmental Physics Group runs an annual essay competition to recognise excellence in communicating the significance, value and rewarding nature of engaging with environmental physics. Entries can cover any aspect of environmental physics including (but not limited to) atmosphere and climate, hydrology, plant physics, waste, energy and the built environment.

The competition is open to all, (IOP members and non-members), with entries from students particularly welcome. Essays must be original and will be judged on writing quality and content. They should be written in an accessible way and should be no more than 2000 words. Essays can be purely scientific in content or can adopt a policy-related or other perspective. Please accompany your entry with a short biography including current education level and a few sentences explaining your interest in environmental physics. Collaborative entries are welcome so long as all the contributing authors are clearly declared in the entry and biography.

This year the competition will be judged in two categories: entrants in secondary education and those studying for, or with a degree (this is not limited to physics degrees, but open to all environmental disciplines). Up to £250 together with certificates will also be awarded to the winning author(s) in each category. The winning entries will also be considered for publication (eg in Physics Education) and invited to speak at the IOP EPG Members' Day. All entrants of the EPG essay competition will be offered three months' free imembership of the Institute of Physics and of the Environmental Physics Group.

The submission deadline has been extended to 15 April 2017. Entries and enquiries should be emailed to

If electronic submission is not possible, postal entries may also be sent to:

Environmental Physics Group Chair (Essay Competition)
c/o Science Support Officer
The Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place

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