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Views and comment from IOP staff, physicists and policy shapers.


Autumn Statement: UK must commit to science R&D

16 November 2022
Short-termist spending cuts would impede scientists’ progress and hobble the forward-thinking technologies set to drive growth, say the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Let’s use African physics in action on climate

11 November 2022
Dominic Hurley’s visits to sub-Saharan Africa have made clear that the UK must invest in physics-based talent there to tackle pressing global challenges.

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What do this year’s A-level results tell us about the state of physics?

25 August 2022
More must be done to make the subject attractive to girls and to make better use of physics to bolster the economy – but there are reasons for optimism.

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The Queen’s Speech: will it be good for physics?

20 May 2022
The IOP will keep a watchful eye on and aim to influence the government’s plans set to shape our sector.

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Why British Science Week should last all year

18 March 2022
Investing in and nurturing the next generation of scientists and technicians will further strengthen the UK’s ability to tackle the 21st century’s economic and social challenges, helping us build a prosperous future.

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Why there is no ‘levelling up’ without physics

8 February 2022
The government must harness the broad palette of physics skills if it wants to redress economic and social imbalances across the UK’s nations and regions, writes Tony McBride.

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The contribution of physics to the UK economy

28 January 2022
Physics is a leading force behind innovation and R&D. But the UK government must enhance support for our industries now to address skills shortages, boost the economy and drive the green revolution, writes Rachel Youngman.

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To not invest in the development of physics skills now would be to jeopardise economic recovery and growth

12 January 2022
IOP Deputy Chief Executive Rachel Youngman says our new report shows that the UK and Ireland are already falling short in harnessing the power of physics skills.

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The impact of the APPG on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in STEM’s recommendations

20 July 2021

In early 2021 the APPG for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM launched an inquiry into equity in the STEM workforce. Sarah Bakewell, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, talks about where the key recommendations of the STEM workforce inquiry could have most impact.

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Towards a new story for physics

21 October 2020
As our Limit Less campaign launches, Ray Mitchell, Head of Campaign Strategy, explains how the experiences of people in the physics community have shaped the campaign – and why understanding these perspectives and lived experiences is so vital to its success.

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Maintaining your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

25 June 2020
For many of us, this is a period of uncertainty as we move towards what is becoming known as the new normal. We are doing everything we can to support our members through this period and with their CPD. Dr Mark Telling, IOP’s vice-president of membership, shares his experiences and outlines the wealth of online learning resources available to our membership community. 

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International relations blog

29 May 2020
The challenges presented by the current crisis do not stop at our borders but are being felt across the globe. Dominic Hurley, Head of International Relations, talks about how the IOP have continued to support projects and engage with our counterparts around the world.

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Unlocking the future for UK and Africa research partnerships

17 January 2020
On the eve of the UK-Africa Investment Summit, IOP Deputy Chief Executive Rachel Youngman argues that increased physics research collaboration with African countries is key to tackling global challenges.

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Working together to improve the workplace for LGBT+ scientists

26 June 2019
Jennifer Dyer, Head of Diversity at IOP, shares her thoughts on the culture for LGBT+ workers in physics and how we can work together to improve LGBT+ retention.

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IOP’s Accelerator Centre open for business

24 April 2019 
IOP Head of Science and Innovation, Anne Crean, on the contribution physics makes to the UK economy and and our workspace supporting entrepreneurs to bring physics-based innovation to market. 

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IOP supporting international cooperation

12 March 2019
Rachel Youngman, IOP's Chief Operating Officer, explains why international collaboration and free movement are essential and how we bring scientists together across borders to develop skills, technologies and opportunities.

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International Women’s Day words of wisdom for girls and women thinking of a physics career

11 March 2019
Whether you’re still at school thinking you’d like to be a physicist or returning to work after some time away, our followers on Twitter have some advice you may like to put in a folder marked ‘inspiration’ and dip into on days you could use some words of wisdom.

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