LGBT+ Physicists and Astronomers Network

The first meeting of the LGBT+ physicists’ and astronomers’ network took place in March 2016. This was an opportunity for members from both the IOP and RAS (Royal astronomical society) to share their thoughts about the support that professional membership organisations could offer and their experiences of current good practice with regard to successful LGBT+ networks in their places of work and study.

The network has recently been expanded to include those working in chemical sciences and the RSC (Royal society of chemistry).
The current steering group for the network with representatives from, IOP, RAS, RSC, SEPNET and Stonewall as well as those that promoted and contributed to the initial meeting, are keen to take forward many of the suggested actions. Facilitating and helping to connect the LGBT+ physical sciences community is a first step. More resources will be added to these pages throughout 2018.

As part of the IOP's commitment to the network we are proud to be sponsors for the third year running of the LGBT+ STEMinar on the 12th January 2018 at the University of York.

The IOP is offering ten travel bursaries of up to £100 for IOP members that wish to attend the STEMinar but who may require some assistance with the costs of travel.

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

Be registered to attend and/or be presenting at the conference
Be a member of the IOP
Be a PhD student or First year Postdoc
Be an undergraduate Physicist

Applications for the grant may be submitted at any time prior to the event. Each application will be considered in order of the date it has been received received by email to and applicants will be notified within 10 days of the outcome. Payment will be made on completion of an expense claim and travel receipts following attendance at the event. The application form can be found here.

There is a form to register your interest in the LGBT+ physical sciences network and receive updates, this is open to allies as well as those in STEMM beyond the fields of physics, astronomy and chemistry, all we ask is that you indicate your field. Alternatively contact for more information.


LGBT and physicists and astronomers network sign up form