England set for “substantial increase” in record-breaking warm years

1 May 2015

The likelihood of record-breaking warms years in England is set to substantially increase as a result of the human influence on the climate, new research suggests

Credit: University of Manchester

IOP welcomes decision to site SKA centre at Jodrell Bank

30 April 2015

The Institute has welcomed the announcement that Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is the preferred site to base the headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope


New Lab in a Lorry tour is set to visit three counties

30 April 2015

Lab in a Lorry (LIAL), the Institute’s mobile science lab for young people, will be on tour in Yorkshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire during a period of just over two weeks in May

women in optics

London and Dublin workshops focus on women in optics and photonics

30 April 2015

A workshop to encourage women to take up careers in optics and photonics and to support those already working in the field was held at the City University London on 16 April

Tara Shears
Credit: University of Liverpool

CERN scientist to court outdoor audience with news from the LHC

28 April 2015

An open-air audience, passers-by and interested onlookers will be exposed to the latest news from CERN when physicist Prof. Tara Shears gives a talk at a popular outdoor site in the heart of London on 27 May

Salford students win IOP’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge

Salford students win IOP’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge

24 April 2015

Students from the University of Salford built a cheap and efficient electric motor to win the Institute’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge, beating teams from across the North West to the prize

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Holweck Medal is awarded to Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

23 April 2015

Professor Isabelle Ledoux-Rak is to receive this year’s Holweck Medal and Prize, which is awarded jointly by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the French Physical Society


In this month’s edition of Physics World: Amazing physics demos to keep practical science alive

1 April 2015

With school students in England bracing themselves for new-style GCSE science exams that are based entirely on written tests, Physics World has teamed up with Neil Downie to put together five amazing physics demonstrations that highlight the value and importance of keeping experimentation at the centre of the science classroom


Physicists shed light on mysterious tongue condition

1 April 2015

Physicists from Israel have shed light on the intricate dynamics underpinning a mysterious tongue condition that has been puzzling the medical community for decades

Rosse Medal

Rosse Medal goes to postgraduate Aimee Stapleton at Ireland Spring Meeting

30 March 2015

Postgraduate student Aimee Stapleton was awarded the Rosse Medal at the annual IOP in Ireland Spring Meeting – a key part of the event held in Cork on 28 March

Morphing wings

Morphing wings help drones manage collisions

30 March 2015

Researchers in the US have taken inspiration from nature to create a robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions

Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

27 March 2015

The landmark Spire of Dublin was lit up green in the city on 13 March in celebration of the launch of the International Year of Light in the Republic of Ireland and to mark the opening of the St Patrick’s Festival the following day

Five schools are styled “SPN Link School with Adviser” in new teacher CPD move

Five schools are styled 'SPN Link School with Adviser' in new teacher CPD move

27 March 2015

A new model for teacher development is being launched within the Stimulating Physics Network (SPN) as five schools have been designated as “SPN Link School with Adviser” for their localities

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

27 March 2015

Helping girls to handle failure, tackling unconscious bias and discovering what educational research says about gender were all explored at the Improving Gender Balance 2015 conference on 20-21 March for people involved in the IOP’s girls in physics projects


IOP launches new five-year strategy

26 February 2015

The IOP has published a document setting out the direction it will take over the next five years News

UK beats Italy to host SKA headquarters

Mon, 04 May

Giant radio telescope's HQ will be at Jodrell Bank, despite a "compelling" bid from its rival

Fiery end for MESSENGER mission

Fri, 01 May

Craft crashes into Mercury after running out of fuel

Portable 'battlefield MRI' comes out of the lab

Thu, 30 Apr

Ultralow-field device could aid soldiers and developing-world field hospitals

Cosmic rays illuminate the electric fields that cause lightning

Wed, 29 Apr

"Throwaway data" from radio telescopes help physicists peer into clouds

Trail runs cold on alien hotspots, for now

Tue, 28 Apr

Search of 100,000 galaxies fails to find waste heat of advanced civilizations