The IOP Policy Centre provides an active and authoritative voice for physics. We work in all areas that affect physics, from schools education through to research and innovation, and supply timely, evidence-based, scientific advice and in-depth analyses to governments and other agencies.

The IOP's membership is a unique source of expertise, which informs all of our policy activities and all policy statements and positions are agreed by the Council of the Institute.


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Institute of Physics response to the science communication inquiry
Institute of Physics response to the science communication inquiry House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

SCORE responds to consultation on teacher training

IOP responds on role of metrics in research assessment

Energy and environment
IOP responds to nuclear power consultation

IOP responds to BIS committee on Scottish independence

Industry and innovation
IOP responds to Lords inquiry on SME exports

Review of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Routes
Response from the Manager, Science Policy to the independent review of EPSRC’s strategic advisory routes (26 April 2013).

Science base
Strategic priorities for science and research funding

Higher education
IOP responds to Higher Education Commission

Physics and economic growth (PDF, 200 KB)
New briefing note on economic growth

Policy statements and consultation responses

The IOP aims to respond quickly and effectively to consultations and to supply evidence-based advice and in-depth analysis of physics policy to governments and other agencies

Policy statements and consultation responses 

Data centre

The IOP collates statistics on physics education and research, covering areas ranging from school and university education to the employment of physicists

Data centre 

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.

The Diversity Programme 

Physics Advocacy Programme

The decisions made by governments in the UK and in Ireland impact on physics wherever it is found

Physics Advocacy Programme