International Year of Light in Northern Ireland
Credit: Northern Ireland Science Festival

International Year of Light in Northern Ireland opens at science festival

27 February 2015

The naming of a Belfast street as Bell’s Theorem Crescent on 19 February kicked off the first ever NI Science Festival, which included the launch of the International Year of Light (IYOL) in Northern Ireland as well as more than 130 events, exhibitions, workshops and talks

International Year of Light in Scotland

Edinburgh hosts launch of International Year of Light in Scotland

27 February 2015

A harp played by laser beams, a fusion of poetry and science, and an exploration of Maxwell’s equations all helped to launch the International Year of Light (IYOL) in Scotland on 23 February


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


IOP for Africa takes a new direction

25 February 2015

The Institute is changing its approach to supporting physics education in Africa and is working to transfer the running of its existing teacher-training-focused projects to partner organisations in the countries concerned

Brian Manley and John Mason

Two former presidents of the Institute have died

18 February 2015

Two former presidents of the IOP, Brian Manley and Sir John Mason, have died


Laser “ruler” holds promise for hunting exoplanets

18 February 2015

The hunt for Earth-like planets around distant stars could soon become a lot easier thanks to a technique developed by researchers in Germany

International Year of Light in Wales

International Year of Light in Wales is launched

16 February 2015

The International Year of Light (IYOL) was launched in Wales at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff on 5 February

Black hole
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Interstellar technology throws light on spinning black holes

13 February 2015

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan’s epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes


IOP names UCL department as a gender equality champion

10 February 2015

The IOP has recognised the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London (UCL) as a national leader in gender equality through the IOP’s Project Juno initiative

Kings Cross

New home for physicists receives planning permission

6 February 2015

The Institute of Physics’ (IOP) plans for the redevelopment of 2-8 Balfe Street and 35-45 Caledonian Road were approved last night, Thursday 5 February, at a meeting of Islington Council’s Planning Committee, subject to agreement on the IOP’s obligations to the borough

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In February’s edition of Physics World: Mining the Moon becomes a serious prospect

2 February 2015

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the Moon is rich ground for mining


Heatwaves becoming more prominent in urban areas, research reveals

30 January 2015

The world’s urban areas have experienced significant increases in heatwaves over the past 40 years, according to new research published today

Biomaterial coating

Biomaterial coating raises prospect of more successful medical implants

30 January 2015

A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created by researchers

Credit: Paul Burns

The Duke of York launches the International Year of Light in the UK

29 January 2015

The UK launch of the International Year of Light (IYOL) was hosted at St James’s Palace in London on 28 January by HRH the Duke of York


IOP will use football to engage students with physics

28 January 2015

The IOP is set to run a number of after-school physics-and-football clubs in London schools with the help of an £18,000 grant from the John Lyon’s Charity

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Credit: Keith Pattison

Theatre and physics connect as panel explores Oppenheimer and the bomb

26 January 2015

A discussion on Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb was held in front of an audience at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC’s) Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 24 January with the involvement of the IOP


IOP talks physics at annual science conference for teachers

23 January 2015

A new resource on using exoplanets to inspire school students was the focus of an IOP workshop at the Association for Science Education annual conference this month

Maori performers at the launch event for the International Year of Light
Credit: SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

International Year of Light is launched in Paris

21 January 2015

The globally themed opening ceremony for the International Year of Light (IYOL) in Paris this week featured everything from a performance by Maori dancers to talks by Nobel laureates and speakers from international bodies with an interest in light

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Enjoy 10 great Physics World articles on light

19 January 2015

Today marks the official launch of the International Year of Light (IYL 2015), with a two-day grand opening ceremony taking place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris

Smart shoe

Smart shoe devices capture the power of walking

15 January 2015

Researchers in Germany have taken a significant step towards harnessing the energy that is generated through walking by engineering two separate devices that can generate power from specific aspects of the human walking gait

Shauna Murphy and Coimhe Cronin with Paul Hardaker

IOP Physics Prize awarded at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

14 January 2015

IOP chief executive Prof. Paul Hardaker presented the Institute of Physics’ prize for the best project in the physical sciences section of the 2015 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition held in Dublin on 9 January

Gold rush

“Gold rush” threatens tropical forests in South America

14 January 2015

A global “gold rush” has led to a significant increase of deforestation in the tropical forests of South America

Prof. Mike Lockwood

Gold Medal of Royal Astronomical Society goes to Prof. Mike Lockwood

12 January 2015

IOP fellow Prof. Mike Lockwood has been awarded the Gold Medal in Geophysics of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)

Prof. Timothy Palmer

IOP members receive New Year Honours

2 January 2015

Prof. Timothy Palmer, a fellow of the IOP, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours News

Filamentous laser beams point to new type of phase transition

Thu, 26 Feb

Clustering threads of plasma could help control lightning and seed clouds

Carbon dioxide's contribution to greenhouse effect monitored in real time

Wed, 25 Feb

Decade-long study makes direct link between rising greenhouse-gas levels and heating of the Earth

Quasar spectrum shines a new light on unchanged fundamental constants

Tue, 24 Feb

Results hint at the static nature of the dark-energy field

Could the Sun be trapping asymmetric dark matter?

Mon, 23 Feb

New model could help settle discrepancies between theory and observational solar data

Geoengineering schemes to combat climate change still risky, say reports

Fri, 20 Feb

Panel suggests small-scale experiments for now