Gravitational Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the group

Gravitation sits on the boundary of particle physics and cosmology. As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in how the relationship between gravitation and other forces changes our view of the early moments of the universe and the fundamental structure of matter.

What the group does

We reflect the interest of the physics community and the public in gravitational physics and look at both theoretical and experimental approaches.

We also provide a forum for discussion for these scientific communities.

Would you like to join this group?

Group physics prizes and competitions 

Thesis prize

The Thesis Prize is awarded for excellence in physics research and communication.

The prize is £500.

The winner is invited to submit a paper to Classical and Quantum Gravity (CQG) based on their thesis. If accepted, it is made a select article in CQG. 

They will also have the opportunity to present their work at one of the UK BritGrav meetings.


All members of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group who passed their viva voce exam during the period 30 September 2017 until 31 December 2019 are eligible.

How to enter

Candidates should complete an application form and submit it with an electronic copy of their thesis to Dr Patricia Schmidt. All submissions should be made before 20 January 2020.



Scott Melville (Imperial College London)

Constraining Low Energy Effective Field Theories via High Energy Axioms


Benjamin Wallisch (University of Cambridge

Cosmological Probes of Light Relics


Viraj Sanghai

Queen Mary University London. For Post-Newtonian Gravity in Cosmology


Dr Daniela Saadeh

University College London. For Testing the Isotropy of the Universe with the CMB.


Dr John Muddle

University of Southampton. For Advanced Numerical Methods For Neutron Star Interfaces.


Dr Patricia Schmidt

Cardiff University. For Studying and Modelling the Complete Gravitational-Wave Signal from Precessing Black Hole Binaries.


Dr Anna Heffernan

University College Dublin. For The Self-force Problem: Local Behaviour of the Detweiler-Whiting Singular Field.


Dr Cesar Simon Lopez-Monsalvo

University of Southampton. For Covariant Thermodynamics and Relativity.


Dr John Miller

University of Glasgow. For On non-Gaussian Beams and Optomechanical Parametric Instabilities in Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors.


Dr Barry Wardell

University College Dublin. For Green Functions and Radiation Reaction from a Spacetime Perspective.


Dr Emanuele Rocco

Birmingham. For Development of a test of Newton's Law of Gravitation at Micrometre Distances Using a Superconducting Spherical Torsion Balance.


Dr Julian Sonner

Cambridge. For Aspects of Classical and Quantum Brane Dynamics.

Group events 

Find group events on the IOP events portal.


September 2016 (PDF, 878KB)
February 2015 (PDF, 2.9MB)

Committee and contacts 

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