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Student-led careers event focuses on women in science
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Student-led careers event focuses on women in science

7 April 2017

An initiative by science students at the University of Birmingham brought scientists and students together for a Women in Science Forum focusing on careers on 1 March

Physics-based industry is crucial to Wales, says IOP report launched in Cardiff
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Physics-based industry is crucial to Wales, says IOP report launched in Cardiff

4 April 2017

A report showing that physics-based industries are worth more than £10.7 bn to the Welsh economy and lead to the employment of more than 200,000 people in Wales was launched yesterday at the Senedd in Cardiff

IOP takes a fresh approach to improving gender balance in physics

IOP takes a fresh approach to improving gender balance in physics

27 March 2017

The failure of numerous initiatives to make a “revolutionary” impact on girls’ uptake of physics has led the IOP to take a new approach outlined in its report, Improving Gender Balance: reflections on the impact of interventions in schools, IOP head of education Charles Tracy said at its launch

PhD student Cian McKeown wins Rosse Medal at IOP in Ireland event in Dublin
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PhD student Cian McKeown wins Rosse Medal at IOP in Ireland event in Dublin

21 March 2017

The IOP in Ireland’s annual Spring Meeting in Dublin on 11 March included the presentation of the prestigious Rosse Medal to PhD student Cian McKeown

Young scientists quiz MPs as event turns the tables on politicians in parliament
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Young scientists quiz MPs as event turns the tables on politicians in parliament

20 March 2017

Questions about science funding, Brexit, evidence-based policy in a “post-truth” world and protecting high-cost university courses were among those put by young researchers to politicians in an event that turned parliamentary procedure on its head and made MPs subject to examination as witnesses in a committee-style setting

Biolaser research student wins gold prize at STEM for Britain
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Biolaser research student wins gold prize at STEM for Britain

14 March 2017

A PhD student working on biolasers has won the gold award for physics in the STEM for Britain poster competition held in parliament on 13 March

IOP stresses need to stamp out sexual harassment in universities
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IOP stresses need to stamp out sexual harassment in universities

14 March 2017

The IOP’s chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, has today made a statement about dealing with the issue of sexual harassment in universities

Budget shows government’s confidence in UK research, says IOP
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Budget shows government’s confidence in UK research, says IOP

8 March 2017

The Institute of Physics has responded to today’s budget statement by the chancellor, Philip Hammond (pictured), welcoming the government’s trust in UK research and its plans to develop technical education through introducing T-levels

Top-level group to discuss Brexit with science community stakeholders
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Top-level group to discuss Brexit with science community stakeholders

7 March 2017

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson is heading a high-level working group to discuss the UK’s exit from the EU with the science and innovation communities, with the IOP and three other learned societies being represented on the forum by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) president Professor Sir John Holman

Physics and ballet meet in an event to explore the biomechanics of dance
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Physics and ballet meet in an event to explore the biomechanics of dance

28 February 2017

An audience at the Royal Opera House (ROH) saw how knowledge of the biomechanics of dance can reduce the risk of injury to ballet dancers and help them to enhance their performance, in a special evening organised jointly by the ROH and the IOP

IOP is a force for physics at NI Science Festival

IOP is a force for physics at NI Science Festival

27 February 2017

A conversation between professors Jim Al-Khalili and Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a lecture on quantum biology by Al-Khalili and a digital creativity workshop were among the sessions offered by the IOP in Ireland at the NI Science Festival

Report on better teacher recruitment, retention and CPD is welcomed by the IOP

Report on better teacher recruitment, retention and CPD is welcomed by the IOP

22 February 2017

The IOP has welcomed a select committee report on teacher recruitment and retention and in particular its emphasis on high-quality continuing professional development (CPD)

Vital impact of physics-based industry in Northern Ireland is shown in IOP report

Vital impact of physics-based industry in Northern Ireland is shown in IOP report

17 February 2017

Physics-based businesses employ more than 59,000 people in Northern Ireland and contribute around £3.2 bn in gross value added (GVA) to its economy, a report published by the IOP shows

IOP celebrates global day for women in STEM with profiles on social media

IOP celebrates global day for women in STEM with profiles on social media

13 February 2017

The IOP celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February on social media by posting profiles of 20 female physicists currently working in STEM to highlight the diverse roles occupied by women in science

Gravitational-wave posters go on sale with share of profits to aid international workshops

Gravitational-wave posters go on sale with share of profits to aid international workshops

13 February 2017

A set of posters to celebrate the first detection of gravitational waves has been launched by the IOP and a team of entrepreneurs, one year on from the announcement of the discovery

IOP pays tribute to MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield
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IOP pays tribute to MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield

10 February 2017

The IOP was saddened to hear of the death of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, pioneer in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and honorary fellow of the Institute, who died on 8 February at the age of 83

IOP names physics department at St Andrews as a gender equality champion
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IOP names physics department at St Andrews as a gender equality champion

6 February 2017

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews has been named as a champion of gender equality by the IOP

IOP congratulates Sir Mark Walport on being named first chief executive of UKRI
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IOP congratulates Sir Mark Walport on being named first chief executive of UKRI

2 February 2017

The Institute of Physics has congratulated Professor Sir Mark Walport on being named the first chief executive officer of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – a new umbrella body for the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England

School-student astronomer wins IOP prize at all-Ireland science fair

School-student astronomer wins IOP prize at all-Ireland science fair

26 January 2017

School student Cormac Larkin was presented with the Institute of Physics prize for the best physics project at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which was visited by more than 50,000 people from throughout Ireland during the three-day event in Dublin on 12–14 January

IOP focuses on gender balance and research by school students at teacher conference

IOP focuses on gender balance and research by school students at teacher conference

24 January 2017

Sessions on improving the gender balance in physics and bringing independent research projects into the school curriculum were among the IOP’s inputs to the four-day Association for Science Education (ASE) conference on 4–7 January, with a talk by the Institute’s Charles Tracy chosen as one of 12 keynote events to be highlighted in the conference programme

IOP responds to release of green paper on industrial strategy

IOP responds to release of green paper on industrial strategy

23 January 2017

The IOP has welcomed the prioritisation of science, research, innovation and the development of a STEM-skilled workforce as part of a modern industrial strategy for Britain in the government’s green paper published today

LGBT group draws diverse audience for STEM seminar supported by IOP

LGBT group draws diverse audience for STEM seminar supported by IOP

23 January 2017

Around 130 people heard speakers from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus (LGBT+) community talking about their science research and sharing perspectives on working in science at an event in Sheffield on 13 January

Innovative outreach projects win grants from the IOP
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Innovative outreach projects win grants from the IOP

20 January 2017

Generating art with the help of quantum technology, engaging marginalised groups in building and using their own telescopes and bringing a rare 180-year-old sundial to public view are some of the projects that will go ahead this year with the help of grants from the IOP

Five IOP members are awarded Royal Astronomical Society medals
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Five IOP members are awarded Royal Astronomical Society medals

17 January 2017

Professor Michele Dougherty has won the Gold Medal for Geophysics of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) – its highest honour – while four other IOP fellows or members have been awarded RAS medals.

IOP recruits students to act as its ambassadors on university campuses

IOP recruits students to act as its ambassadors on university campuses

17 January 2017

Students at several universities have been recruited to act as ambassadors for the Institute, promoting the advantages of membership and raising awareness of the IOP’s activities for students among their peers on campus

IOP launches reports to show physics-based industries are pivotal in Ireland and Scotland
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IOP launches reports to show physics-based industries are pivotal in Ireland and Scotland

16 January 2017

An IOP report on the importance of physics-based businesses to the Irish economy was launched at the Royal Dublin Society on 12 January, with a comparable report on the Scottish economy being launched by the IOP on 16 January

Six IOP members are recognised in 2017 New Year Honours
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Six IOP members are recognised in 2017 New Year Honours

3 January 2017

Six IOP fellows or members have been recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours

IOP president tours Australia, New Zealand and Canada to forge closer global links

IOP president tours Australia, New Zealand and Canada to forge closer global links

23 December 2016

Strengthening ties with physics societies in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, discussing future collaboration and giving public lectures on metasurfaces have been some of the highlights of a tour of the three countries this month by IOP president Professor Roy Sambles

Harrie Massey Medal and Prize goes to Professor Raymond Volkas
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Harrie Massey Medal and Prize goes to Professor Raymond Volkas

22 December 2016

Theoretical particle physicist Professor Raymond Volkas has received the 2016 Harrie Massey Medal and Prize, which is awarded jointly by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the IOP

IOP and Royal Opera House collaborate to explore the physics of ballet

IOP and Royal Opera House collaborate to explore the physics of ballet

20 December 2016

Ballet, physics and the relationship between them will be explored by scientists and members of the Royal Ballet in an event to be held by the Royal Opera House (ROH) in partnership with the IOP

Phillips Awards for distinguished service to the IOP go to Brian Fulton and Mark Telling

Phillips Awards for distinguished service to the IOP go to Brian Fulton and Mark Telling

13 December 2016

Professor Brian Fulton and Dr Mark Telling have both been presented with the2016 Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP

Isaac Newton Lecture explores ground-breaking physics in memory of Sir Thomas Kibble

Isaac Newton Lecture explores ground-breaking physics in memory of Sir Thomas Kibble

8 December 2016

The life and work of Professor Sir Thomas Kibble was the subject of a commemorative lecture at the IOP’s London premises on 30 November

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Penguin physics: how one polymer physicist has revolutionised the way we track penguins

6 December 2016

In this month’s Physics World, polymer physicist Peter Barham discusses his unusual foray into penguin flipper band design, and how his approach to penguin identification has changed the way we track these animals

President hails landmarks in physics at Awards Dinner and gives medal to John Dudley

President hails landmarks in physics at Awards Dinner and gives medal to John Dudley

30 November 2016

The Institute’s award winners should be congratulated for “continuing to push the boundaries of what we know about the universe, for applying that knowledge to solve the problems of our age, and for helping to inspire the next generation of physicists”, IOP president Professor Roy Sambles said in an address at the IOP’s annual Awards Dinner on 29 November

First two IOP members are awarded Registered Science Technician designation
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First two IOP members are awarded Registered Science Technician designation

29 November 2016

Two IOP members have been awarded the professional designation of Registered Science Technician – the first since the Institute became licensed by the Science Council to award both that and Registered Scientist earlier this year

Isaac Newton Medal to be presented to Tom Kibble’s children at IOP Awards Dinner
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Isaac Newton Medal to be presented to Tom Kibble’s children at IOP Awards Dinner

29 November 2016

The Isaac Newton Medal and Prize for world-leading contributions to physics will be presented to Sir Thomas Kibble’s three children on his behalf at the Institute’s annual Awards Dinner tonight

IOP welcomes a rise in the number of trainee physics teachers this year

IOP welcomes a rise in the number of trainee physics teachers this year

24 November 2016

The IOP has welcomed an increase in the number of people choosing to train as physics teachers in England this year, following the release of figures today by the Department for Education (DfE)

Female physicists hear how they can take take control of their careers

Female physicists hear how they can take control of their careers

23 November 2016

Eminent solar researcher Dr Helen Mason joined women working in many physics-related roles to offer advice to undergraduates, PhD students and people in very early career on “Taking control of your career as a female physicist” at an IOP event on 9 November

PhD student Niamh Kavanagh wins Early Career Physics Communicator Award

PhD student Niamh Kavanagh wins Early Career Physics Communicator Award

22 November 2016

PhD student Niamh Kavanagh has won the Early Career Physics Communicator Award after competing against three other finalists at the IOP’s London centre on 21 November

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IOP welcomes government pledge to invest an extra £2 bn in R&D

22 November 2016

The IOP has welcomed yesterday's announcement that the government will invest an additional £2 bn a year for R&D by the end of this parliament

Scottish scientists and MSPs meet as IOP presents Highers awards

Scottish scientists and MSPs meet as IOP presents Highers awards

21 November 2016

Chief scientist for Scotland Professor Sheila Rowan was among the keynote speakers at an event on 9 November when scientists met Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and the IOP presented awards to the top-scoring candidates in this year’s Highers exams

Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

17 November 2016

Professor Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize of the IOP and the German Physical Society, which is given for outstanding contributions to physics

Physicists from Europe and the UK meet at the IOP to discuss gender balance

Physicists from Europe and the UK meet at the IOP to discuss gender balance

15 November 2016

Physicists from several European countries shared perspectives on “Getting the diversity balance right in physics” at a European Physical Society conference hosted by the IOP on 27 October

IOP names six new honorary fellows

IOP names six new honorary fellows

10 November 2016

Former IOP president Dr Frances Saunders is one of six new honorary fellows named by the Institute today – the others are Dr Fabiola Gianotti, Professor James Hough, Professor Sir John Pendry, Professor Wilson Sibbett and Professor Neil Turok

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Form over function: the development of foods by physicists that could cut down cravings

1 November 2016

In this month’s Physics World, biophysicist Cait MacPhee discusses how functional foods developed by soft-matter physicists could help solve the global obesity crisis

Early career researcher wins the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize

Early career researcher wins the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize

10 November 2016

Visiting researcher and science communicator Dr Jess Wade has won the IOP’s Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize, an early career award for female physicists

IOP adds new medals to 2017 awards as call for nominations goes out

IOP adds new medals to 2017 awards as call for nominations goes out

31 October 2016

The IOP has an increased portfolio of awards including five new medals to better reflect the breadth of endeavour across physics education, outreach, research and the application of physics in an industrial context, and the call for award nominations is now open

Eminent nuclear physicist visits from India on exchange lecture tour involving IOP

Eminent nuclear physicist visits from India on exchange lecture tour involving IOP

26 October 2016

The excitement of doing basic research, the discovery of quark–gluon plasma and the ground-breaking work of female scientists are all tackled by world-renowned nuclear physicist Dr Dinesh Srivastava in this year’s Homi Bhabha lectures

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