Dame Athene Donald

Pioneering physicist says an unusual career can bring rewards

25 July 2014

It can be uncomfortable to be a pioneer or in a minority in any field, but “being different can be good”, Prof. Dame Athene Donald told an IOP lecture audience on 24 July

Physicists reveal random nature of metastasis

Physicists reveal random nature of metastasis

18 July 2014

The spreading of a cancerous tumour from one part of the body to another may occur through pure chance instead of key genetic mutations, a new study has shown

International Year of Light 2015

Duke of York to be Patron of International Year of Light

17 July 2014

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is delighted to announce that the Duke of York has agreed to become Patron of the International Year of Light in the UK

IOP prizewinners tour Harwell Campus
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IOP prizewinners tour Harwell Campus

17 July 2014

Four young scientists toured the cutting-edge facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Harwell, on 2 July as part of the reward for their success in the IOP prizes in national science competitions

David Willets

A widely respected science minister steps down

15 July 2014

Following the announcement of David Willetts’ resignation from his ministerial post, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has issued a short statement to express thanks to the former Minister for Science and Universities

LUCID project launch
Credit: Roscosmos

LUCID - Launching tomorrow’s scientists today

10 July 2014

Sixth form students from a state school in Kent are preparing to collect data from their very own radiation detector in space

Innovation awards 2013

Awards for physics-based innovation in 2014

8 July 2014

Four companies receive Innovation Awards from the Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Tuesday 8 July, in recognition of success that they have built on the commercial application of physics

Professor Deborah Jin

Institute of Physics announces 2014 award winners

1 July 2014

The Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Tuesday 1 July 2014, announces this year’s award winners with IOP’s International award, the Isaac Newton Medal, going to Professor Deborah Jin

Physics World July 2014

Physicists shed light on mysterious “dark universe”

1 July 2014

In July’s special issue of Physics World, which is devoted to the “dark universe”, physicists from around the world describe some of the efforts currently being used to understand more about the mysterious dark energy and dark matter that, combined, make up 95% of the universe

Two more university departments become champions of equality

Ten departments now leading the way for gender equality

26 June 2014

Ten physics departments have now achieved Juno Champion status, the highest accolade awarded by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their concerted and innovative approach to embedding gender equality in higher education physics.

Houses of Parliament

MPs and peers focus on science for a day

26 June 2014

IOP president Frances Saunders and IOP Publishing’s editorial director, Nicola Gulley, were among the speakers to address MPs and peers at a Parliamentary Links Day in Westminster on 24 June.

Eva-Maria Graefe

Four postdocs receive L’Oréal fellowships for women in science

23 June 2014

IOP member Eva-Maria Graefe was one of four postdocs to be awarded a L’Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowship For Women In Science in a ceremony at the Royal Society in London on 19 June.

“smart glass” micro-iris

Researchers target smartphone cameras with “smart glass” micro-iris

19 June 2014

A small, low-powered camera component made from a “smart glass” material has been created by a group of researchers in Germany with the hope of inspiring the next generation of smartphone cameras.

Queen's Birthday Honours

Queen’s Birthday Honours go to IOP members

18 June 2014

Three IOP fellows or honorary fellows, including two physicists who were involved in the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson, have been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock goes boldly into space exploration

5 June 2014

Space travel could become widely affordable within the next 30 to 50 years and astronauts could one day live on Mars, scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock told a lecture audience at the IOP’s London centre on 3 June.

Closing Doors

Minister launches IOP project to stamp out gender bias

4 June 2014

The Women and Equalities Minister, Jenny Willott MP, will today, Wednesday 4 June, launch a pilot project called Opening Doors to ensure no student is deterred from studying certain subjects because of their gender.

Physics World June 2014

Physics in Brazil takes centre stage as World Cup comes to town

2 June 2014

Physics in Brazil takes centre stage as World Cup comes to town

Professor John Pendry

Sir John Pendry is awarded the Kavli Prize

2 June 2014

IOP fellow Prof. Sir John Pendry has shared in the $1 m Kavli Prize in Nanoscience awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Rachel White

Climate scientist wins environmental physics essay prize

28 May 2014

A look at how global warming could affect the UK in the next 20 years secured first prize for climate scientist Rachel White in an essay competition run by the IOP’s Environmental Physics Group (EPG).

IOP Publishing launches open access deal

IOP Publishing launches open access deal

27 May 2014

Universities that pay for their researchers’ papers to appear in IOP Publishing’s open access journals could have most of the costs offset against their library subscription fees.

Nature inspires drones of the future

Nature inspires drones of the future

23 May 2014

Researchers have been taking tips from nature to build the next generation of flying robots

Exoplanet researcher wins 3 Minute Wonder competition
Photo Credit: Natalie Garrett

Exoplanet researcher wins 3 Minute Wonder competition

19 May 2014

Hannah Wakeford has taken top prize in the IOP’s 3 Minute Wonder competition with a talk on searching for water in the atmospheres of alien worlds.

Pioneering female presidents urge women to succeed in science

Pioneering female presidents urge women to succeed in science

16 May 2014

Quotas for female participation in science and “token women” are a bad idea, but targets can be useful to measure progress in gender equality, IOP president Frances Saunders said at an event on 13 May to celebrate three major learned societies being led by female presidents.

IOP receives £4.3 m to extend work on Stimulating Physics Network

IOP receives £4.3m to extend work on Stimulating Physics Network

16 May 2014

The government has awarded £4.3m to the IOP to continue its Stimulating Physics Network programme, including funding for a pilot project to identify and overcome the factors that discourage girls from studying A-level physics. News

New correction to speed of light could explain SN1987 neutrino burst

Mon, 28 Jul

Gravitational effect on virtual particles violates equivalence principle

Paradoxical pigeons are the latest quantum conundrum

Fri, 25 Jul

Electron interferometry could test new quantum effect

CERN accelerators come alive for LHC restart

Thu, 24 Jul

Multitude of experiments will be switched on during the next four months

Plasmonic chip diagnoses diabetes

Wed, 23 Jul

Gold nanoparticles could help with early disease detection

New medical probe combines sound and electromagnetic induction

Tue, 22 Jul

Technique could give doctors a “feel” for internal organs