Tom Wagg
Credit: WASP

School student who discovered exoplanet sees a future in physics

27 July 2015

Discovering an exoplanet while on work experience at Keele University has greatly increased school student Tom Wagg’s interest in studying physics and astrophysics

New initiative for teacher development triples in size

New initiative for teacher development triples in size

23 July 2015

A further 10 schools have been awarded the status of SPN Link School with Adviser – providing the opportunity for these schools to lead on the professional development for teachers of physics in schools across their areas

Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs is awarded the Royal Society’s most prestigious prize

21 July 2015

Prof. Peter Higgs, an honorary fellow of the IOP, is to receive the Copley Medal – the Royal Society’s (RS’s) most prestigious award, while IOP honorary fellows Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Prof. Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith are to receive Royal Medals

Polluting industrial chimney

Climate change statement urges government action

21 July 2015

A collection of scientific organisations including the IOP have released a statement on climate change, recognising that human activity is responsible and urging government action to tackle it

Three new members will join the IOP’s Council

Three new members will join the IOP’s Council

21 July 2015

Three new members will be joining the Institute’s Council in October, having been elected in a ballot of the IOP’s membership

Best Practice in Professional Development

Seven employers win IOP awards for Best Practice in Professional Development

13 July 2015

Seven organisations that employ physicists are to receive Best Practice in Professional Development Awards from the IOP


Awards for physics-based innovation across the UK

9 July 2015

Five companies receive Innovation Awards from the Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Thursday 9 July, to recognise the success that they have built on the application of physics

Nicola Blackwood MP

Outstanding innovation showcased in parliament

9 July 2015

The UK’s unique ecosystem of collaboration between universities and industry is delivering outstanding examples of innovation, but to go on doing so it must be nurtured, speakers told an audience at a parliamentary reception on 7 July organised by the IOP and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

University physics department becomes a gender equality champion

University physics department becomes a gender equality champion in IOP’s Project Juno

7 July 2015

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is the latest university department to be awarded Champion status in the IOP’s Project Juno initiative for its commitment to gender equality

Prof. Julian Jones and Prof. James Hough OBE

Phillips Awards for distinguished service to the IOP go to James Hough and Julian Jones

6 July 2015

Prof. James Hough and Prof. Julian Jones are both to receive the 2015 Phillips Award for distinguished service to the Institute of Physics

Bioprinted playdough

The bioprinted ‘play dough’ capable of cell and protein transfer

3 July 2015

Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to ‘play dough’ capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres

Physics World July 2015

Flashes in the ashes: How volcanic lightning is helping to demystify the Earth’s plasmasphere

2 July 2015

At the height of the First World War, in the trenches, German physicist Heinrich Barkhausen was eavesdropping on Allied telephone conversations. Every now and again, the Allied communications were drowned out by some strange sounds. The soldiers dubbed them “whistlers” because they sounded similar to shells flying overhead

Snakeskin-inspired surfaces

Friction reduction breakthrough is no snake oil

1 July 2015

Snakeskin-inspired surfaces smash records, providing an astonishing 40% friction reduction in tests of high performance materials

Professor Eli Yablonovitch

IOP awards for 2015 include Isaac Newton Medal for Eli Yablonovitch

1 July 2015

The Institute’s highest accolade, the Isaac Newton Medal, has been awarded to Professor Eli Yablonovitch, who is among 17 award winners for 2015 announced by the IOP today

IOP workshop generates innovative ideas as physicists meet business leaders

IOP workshop generates innovative ideas as physicists meet business leaders

30 June 2015

Business leaders from 14 companies came together to look to physics for solutions to business problems at the University of Durham on 18 June, with half of them committing to working up two industry–academic collaborative projects as a result News

'Metasheet' blocks a narrow band of radiation, letting the rest pass

Wed, 22 Jul

Material made of metal helices could be used for radar cloaking

Spain and Chile will host next-generation gamma-ray observatory

Tue, 21 Jul

Cherenkov Telescope Array will study the most energetic events in the universe

Leading UK scientific organizations urge governments to tackle climate change head on

Tue, 21 Jul

New statement says that governments must act now to avert serious climate risks

Physicists build universal optics chip

Mon, 20 Jul

New photonic device could serve as basis for quantum computers

Physicist who brought symmetry breaking to particle physics dies at 94

Fri, 17 Jul

Yoichiro Nambu shared the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physics