The Diversity Programme

The Diversity Programme was established with the aim of cultivating an inclusive, sustainable, diverse and vibrant physics community which is reflected in the Institute’s membership and governing bodies.

Recognising the under-representation of certain groups within physics, the Diversity Programme seeks to identify barriers to participation and to use evidence-based research to create models of best practice that break down these barriers and encourage and engage diverse groups.

Our main areas of focus are:

  • Physics and Gender
  • Physics and Ethnicity
  • Physics and Disability
  • Physics and Socioeconomic status

The programme is overseen by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and guided by the Diversity Programme Strategy 2011-2015.

Our current initiatives include Project Juno to address employment equality in university physics departments; a pilot project aimed at minimising the impact of stereotypes on secondary school students’ aspirations in physics; research into the physics PhD experience aiming to improve the support and training provided; and a biennial lecture in honour of Elizabeth Johnson MBE. The Institute is also a core member of the STEM Disability Committee, through which we work with other learned societies to break down barriers to disabled people in STEM education and employment.

Within external resources you will find links to external groups and organisations which are also working to address diversity and inclusion issues in science and beyond.

If you would like to share your views or have any comments relating to diversity and inclusion in the physics community please contact us at diversity@iop.org. We warmly welcome your input.