Awards

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

Read about our 2020 award winners

Please note: With a combination of Brexit and COVID-19 we recognised the challenges on our community at the moment and other more pressing priorities. We have therefore decided to briefly postpone the call for awards nominations from January until March and we will make further announcements then.


IOP Awards recognise and reward excellence in individuals and teams and their contribution to physics in education, research and business. We recognise the importance of our awards and want them to continue to develop to involve the whole physics community. This is part of our commitment to making physics as representative of society as we can. Find out more and share your views.

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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Physics teachers play a major role in encouraging children to study physics further.

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.

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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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Apprentices are employed in the workplace during their studies.

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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The employer plays an active role in providing work-based training.

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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Awards in Ireland

IOP Ireland Awards

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

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