Member news May 2014

28 April 2014


Bob Lamborne
Image Credit: Richard Lewis

Prof. Bob Lambourne has been awarded the Gero Thomas Memorial Medal of the European Physical Society (EPS). The award is given annually for “outstanding contributions to the EPS”. Prof. Lambourne is Professor of Educational Physics at the Open University and Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. He is a former chair of the IOP’s Higher Education Group and the Commission on Physics Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.


Anita Zeidler
Image Credit: STFC/Philip King

Anita Zeidler, from the University of Bath, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 B T M Willis Prize for neutron scattering, in recognition of her studies of a wide range of materials, including water, and their interactions at the atomic and molecular level. The B T M Willis prize is awarded annually by the Neutron Scattering Group of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry for outstanding contributions to neutron scattering science. Anita Zeidler (pictured right) received the B T M Willis prize from Ali Zarbakhsh (pictured left), chair of the IOP/RSC Neutron Scattering Group.


  • The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is conducting a project on the culture of research in the UK. It aims to gather views on the pressures experienced by researchers, how this affects their behaviour and the research they produce, and debate what might be needed to maintain an ethical culture for scientific research. As part of the project, the council is conducting a survey, and wants to gather views from people involved in all kinds of scientific research in the UK, including physics. As well as researchers, it is seeking responses from people with an interest in scientific research, including university managers, support staff, editors and publishers of journals and science communicators. The IOP is one of several bodies on the steering group of the project. For further details, visit the council’s webpage  and to take part, visit the survey here
  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is asking for views on how its increased capital investment in science infrastructure should be spent. The government is increasing capital investment in real terms to £1.1 bn in 2015/16 and increasing it in line with inflation each year to 2020/21. BIS says that it wants views on what the money should be invested in “from refurbishing a university laboratory to investing in a new major international project”. For further details, visit the consultation’s webpage

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