Volunteer

We run outreach and public engagement activities throughout the year and are looking for physicists to take part. Find out more below.

Lab in a Lorry

Lab in a lorry

Lab in a Lorry is a mobile science lab that gives young people the chance to explore science through hands-on experiments while being guided by volunteers who want to share their passion for science and their curiosity about the world we live in. We are taking the lab to Wales on our next tour and need volunteers to help. 

To sign up and find out more information visit the Lab in a Lorry website.

Physics in the field

Each summer, we put on our wellies and waterproofs and head to festivals and shows with a fantastic team of volunteers. By performing physics tricks at non-science events we aim to raise awareness of physics among people who wouldn’t normally choose to seek out science.

Check out our opportunities listed below and email your availability to the address indicated – please note that you don’t necessarily have to be able to attend for the whole event and that travel/sustenance expenses are paid.

Ireland
20-23 July Festival of Curiosity

Email hello@festivalofcuriosity.ie

To receive notifications of more opportunities as they arise in Ireland, please visit the Physics Busking website.  

Scotland
4-5 November IOP Festival of Physics in Edinburgh
For all of the above or to receive notifications of more opportunities as they arise in Scotland, please email sian.hickson@iop.org

Wales
1-2 July Tafwyl at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff
24-27 July Royal Welsh Show at the Royal Welsh Showground in Bulith Wells
26-27 August Cardiff Pride Festival in Cardiff
23-24 September Llandovery Sheep Festival, Llandovery
Multiple dates – if you are a scientist or engineer who would like to contribute to our science storytelling events, please get in touch by emailing abigail.ashton@iop.org
For all of the above or to receive notifications of more opportunities as they arise in Wales, email abigail.ashton@iop.org

North West
26 July Rochdale Shopping Centre with the Bakehouse
Email kathie@bakehousefactory.co.uk
26 July Frodsham library, Cheshire
3 August Northwich library, Cheshire
Email harold.stockdale@ntlworld.com
To receive more notifications of opportunities as they arise in the north west, please email hannah.renshall@iop.org

South West
6-7 July at the Big Bang Fair, Trinity Centre in Bristol
11 July 6-8:30 pm Outreach Toolkit Workshop in Bristol (not a volunteering opportunity but a great chance to gain confidence when volunteering in outreach through the IOP!)
12 August NLO observatory Astrofair in SIdmouth, Devon
2-3 September Dorset County Show in Dorchester, Dorset
For all of the above or to receive notifications of more opportunities as they arise in the South West, email miranda.addey@iop.org

London and the South East
To receive notifications of opportunities as they arise, email olivia.keenan@iop.org


Midlands
To receive notifications of opportunities as they arise, email david.wilkinson@iop.org


Yorkshire and the North East
To receive notifications of opportunities as they arise, email alex.brabbs@iop.org


East England
To receive notifications of opportunities as they arise, email esther.mander@iop.org


Multiple locations
Science Ambassador Days – the IOP are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for training days who will help to facilitate a small group of students from year 8-10 to undertake practical and fun science experiments. These students will then go into primary schools to deliver outreach activities to younger students as trained science ambassadors with the aim of encouraging more young people, and particularly girls, to engage in physics and develop their confidence, presentation and communication skills.
3 July Northampton
4 July County Durham
6 July Norwich
7 July Birmingham
7 July London
14 July Cornwall
18 July Darlington
19 September Durham
27 September Sunderland
29 September Daresbury
6 October Sheffield
16 November Skipton


For any of the above or to find out more, please email jessica.rowson@iop.org



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