What does the Institute of Physics recognise?
The IOP recognises people, organisations and achievements that make physics such an exciting discipline. There are several categories that make up our awards:
- Bronze Early Career Medals and Prizes: We award our Bronze Early Career Medals and Prizes each year to exceptional physicists in the early stages of their careers (within six years of their PhD graduation date or within ten years of first beginning work in research and/or application of physics if they don’t have a PhD).
- Silver Subject Medals and Prizes: Our Silver Subject Medals and Prizes are awarded annually to recognise and reward distinguished contributions to physics in the UK or Ireland across 17 subject areas. We run eight medals in even years and nine in odd years.
- Gold Medals and Prizes: Our Gold Medals and Prizes are awarded to physicists with international reputations who have made consistent contributions to physics. We award six medals, three in even years and three in odd years.
- Isaac Newton Medal and Prize: The Isaac Newton Medal and Prize is for world-leading contributions to physics by an individual of any nationality.
- International Bilateral Medals and Prizes: Our International Bilateral Medals and Prizes are made jointly with physical societies in Germany, France, Italy and Australia. They are designed to strengthen relationships between our institutions and acknowledge outstanding physicists who are pioneering research and physics applications across borders.
- President’s Medal: An honour bestowed by the President of the IOP, which recognises both physicists and non-physicists who have contributed to physics in general and the Institute in particular.
- Business Awards: The IOP Business Awards recognise the vital role physics and physicists play in our economy, creating jobs and growth by powering innovation to meet the challenges facing us today, ranging from climate change to better healthcare and food production. The IOP Business Awards are awarded in three categories: IOP Business Innovation Award, IOP Business Start-Up Award and Lee Lucas Award (for early-stage medical and healthcare companies).
- Technician Awards: The IOP Technician Awards celebrate the contributions that technicians make to physics.
- Apprentice and Apprenticeship Employer Awards: The Apprentice and Apprenticeship Employer Awards celebrate the contributions that apprentices make to physics and recognise employers that demonstrate their commitment and contribution to scientific and engineering apprenticeship schemes.
- 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.
- Phillips Award: The Phillips Award is for distinguished service by an IOP member to the Institute of Physics.
- Honorary Fellowship: We invite nominations of exceptional individuals for the award of our highest honour, Honorary Fellow. Our Honorary Fellowships acknowledge physicists who have contributed to physics generally or to the work of the IOP.
- 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.
How do I find the right award for me/my nominee?
Think about the category, discipline or area of your nominee, as well as their career stage and geographical location. You can use our filtering tab to narrow down your search by category/discipline/area. You can also check the eligibility criteria and past winners on each award page.
I am part of a group/nation/branch committee – can I nominate someone?
Yes! We strongly welcome nominations from IOP groups, nations and branches. If you are submitting a nomination from an IOP committee, please select the relevant committee that this nomination comes with support from. Unfortunately, nominees, nominators and validators cannot be current members of Council, IOP employees, people under contract to the IOP, the Awards Committee, or members of any other IOP Awards judging panel.
Why should I consider nominating myself, an individual or a team?
Nominating for the IOP Awards is your opportunity to help recognise excellence in physics. You may consider making a nomination for yourself, another individual or a team for many reasons. That could be to celebrate contributions to the physics community and wider society, ensure that under-represented groups are being nominated or help advance someone else’s career.
You can self-nominate for most award categories, but you can also ask someone else to nominate you. This could be someone who is familiar with you or your team’s work, and who can describe your achievements clearly. Find out more information on who can nominate for each award.
Nominators do not have to be extremely senior within the physics community, but if they are nominating an individual or a team, they should be familiar with the nominee's work and can describe their achievements clearly.
I’m experiencing technical difficulties with the nomination portal. What do I do?
Contact [email protected], indicating which award you are making a nomination for and the problem that you are encountering.
What happens after I submit a nomination?
Once a nomination is submitted, you will receive an email to confirm your submission. In the case of third-party nominations, the EDI form will be sent by email to the nominee, automatically, upon submission. If validations or further information is required for a specific award, emails will be sent to the relevant person(s) at submission. Please read the relevant award webpage to check what each submission requires.
Once the submission and further details are completed/confirmed, the eligibility of the nomination is checked. If there are issues, an administrator will contact you to try to resolve this. Once the eligibility criteria are met, the submission progresses onto judging. You will be contacted to be informed of the outcomes at each stage.
Who selects winners?
We have several awards committees and judging panels for our awards. These committees are made up of IOP members and representatives from our community. Find out more information about committees and panels for the different award categories.
What happens if I win an award? When will I find out if I’ve won?
You will be informed by email if you have been selected as a recipient of an award. We will ask you to provide some further details to enable us to send you your prize. Award winners are typically publicly announced in October each year.
How will the IOP use my data?
The information you submit in the nomination form will be used for the sole purposes of processing your nomination and administering our awards process. In order to do this, selected information will also be shared with the committee so that they can evaluate the nominations and select winners.