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Phillips Award

The Phillips Award recognises members who have played a significant role for the IOP.

This award is for members who have played a significant role in the Institute of Physics (IOP). The 2024 IOP Phillips Award will reward innovative ideas or activities that have made major contributions to our objectives.

Nominees may have made contributions to, for example, our nations, branches and groups.

Examples of service include:

  • starting a new activity which becomes a sustainable contribution to the IOP’s strategy and charitable purpose
  • establishing a new activity which grows and supports membership and community engagement
  • running a series of major conferences that become an established part of the physics research community
  • embedding activities that make a tangible difference to the way children and the public connect with physics in a meaningful and lasting way

Making a nomination

Nominations for 2024 are now closed.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the awards or your submission.

We recognise that our members contribute to the IOP in many different ways and we do not have a set of criteria for making a nomination. Nominators will be asked to provide both a short and long citation as part of their nomination. The Phillips Award is open for nomination and self-nomination. Referees and supporting statements are not required.

About Major CES Phillips

Major CES Phillips was one of the founders of the IOP and was Honorary Treasurer from 1929 to 1945. He was a pioneer in medical physics and also served as President of the British Institute of Radiology from 1930-1931, and as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution.




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