IOP is a magnet for visitors at New Scientist Live festival

29 September 2016

Distinguished speakers including writer and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili took part in Q&A sessions at the IOP’s stand during the New Scientist Live festival on 22–25 September.

IOP is a magnet for visitors at New Scientist Live festival

On various days during the four-day festival of ideas there were Q&A sessions involving CERN physicist Professor Tara Shears, astrophysicist Professor Martin Hendy and astrobiologist Professor Lewis Dartnell, who have all given public talks for the IOP near its future home in King’s Cross, and Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director and press officer at the Royal Astronomical Society.

The IOP’s stand was in the Earth Zone at the event in ExCel London, where Institute staff and volunteers gave out goodie bags to current IOP members and handed out resources to help support teachers of physics in the classroom. The stand featured the IOP’s hoardings to be seen around the site of its future King’s Cross home, as well as educational posters and an accessible experiment on light.

IOP is a magnet for visitors at New Scientist Live festival

The IOP’s marketing coordinator, Joanne Keogh, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response and excitement that people showed when visiting our stand and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event. We didn’t just want to talk about physics – we also wanted to make members and prospective members aware of our membership survey, and we shared the activities of our local branches with visitors and hope that more people attend these free public events.”