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 2011-15.

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 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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