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 good practice that break down these barriers and encourage and engage diverse groups.

The Institute recognises that the case for diversity is more than just legislative; success of our organisation and our community relies on our ability to recruit, nurture and retain the richest mix of talent. We need to ensure that all those who wish to engage with the Institute and to engage with physics study or careers have the opportunity to do so.

Our main areas of focus are physics and Gender, Ethnicity, Disability and Socioeconomic status.

The programme is overseen by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and guided by the strategy Moving from Diversity to Inclusion 2016-19 Some current initiatives include:

  • Project Juno to address employment equality in university physics departments
  • The LGBT+ physicists and astronomers network coordinated by the IOP and Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Building momentum towards inclusive learning and teaching: a guide to good practice in undergraduate physics
  • STEM Enablemaths wiki
  • Adopting our own Project Juno principles and working towards achieving the equivalent of Juno Champion as an organisation
  • on diversity and inclusion issues to the STEM community by proactively contributing to strategic activities, committees and forums
  • Holding national workshops, seminars, conferences and other events on diversity in STEM issues.
  • Diversity work with schools, teachers and students under 19 is managed by members of the IOP education team and details can be found here.

The Institute of Physics is a core member of the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Disability Advisory Committee, a collaborative group of professional bodies and learned societies working together to speak with a clear, authoritative voice on the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM education and employment. Our partnership aims to bring collective action and a strategic approach to strengthening the inclusion of disabled people in STEMM and believes that by working collaboratively and having a common purpose, we can maximise impact.

For more information about the STEMM Disability Advisory Committee please email contact@stemdisability.org.uk. The website includes a portal providing access support information relating to particular subjects or audiences.

If you would like to share your views and experience relating to disability in physics, please contact us at diversity@iop.org. We warmly welcome your input.



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