Our awards build and reinforce a sense of community by recognising and rewarding excellence in individuals and teams and their contribution to physics.

IOP is planning to reschedule the 2020 Awards ceremony later in the year – we will announce details as soon as these are confirmed.

Read more about our 2019 award winners

Our nominations process

All of our awards including Honorary Fellowships work through a process of nomination, and the strength of these depend on nominations that reflect the outstanding contributions from across all of our community. As we prepare to open our calls for the 2021 awards and Honorary Fellowships in the autumn, we strongly encourage you to think about those people who you feel deserve recognition and to put their names forward.

We work hard to ensure that our nominations process is welcoming and inclusive, so please do talk to our team informally about any help and support you might need. If you would like any further information, please email

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President's Medal

Made on the recommendation of our president, this medal is for both physicists and non-physicists who have contributed to physics in general and the IOP in particular. 

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Isaac Newton Medal and Prize

The Isaac Newton Medal and Prize is for world-leading contributions to physics by an individual of any nationality.

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International Bilateral Awards

Our international bilateral awards are made jointly with physical societies in Germany, France, Italy and Australia.

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Gold Medals

Our six Gold Medals recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by physicists of international renown to a wide range of physics.

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Silver Subject Medals

Our Silver Subject Medals are awarded annually to recognise and reward distinguished contributions to physics.

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Bronze Early Career Medals

Our Bronze Early Career medals are for exceptional physicists in the early stages of their careers.

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Phillips Award

The Phillips Award is for distinguished service to the IOP.

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Teachers of Physics Award

The Teachers of Physics awards celebrate the success of secondary school physics teachers who have raised the profile of physics and science in schools.

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Honorary Fellowship

Our Honorary Fellowships reward exceptional individuals.

See our list of Honorary Fellows and find out more about their work.

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Business Awards

Our Business Awards recognise the significant contribution that physicists and physics make in industry.

Read about our 2020 winners.

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Technician Award

The IOP Technician Award recognises and celebrates the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics.

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Apprentice Award

The IOP Apprentice Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experiences of science and engineering apprentices and their contribution to physics.

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Apprenticeship Employer Award

The IOP Apprenticeship Employer Award enables the IOP to recognise employers that demonstrate their commitment and contribution to scientific and engineering apprenticeship schemes, and the positive outcomes their apprentices bring to the organisation.

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