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The latest news, statements and responses from the Institute of Physics.


IOP Council appoints Representative on Inclusion and Diversity and publishes case for greater inclusion in physics

24 November 2021
Professor Helen Gleeson appointed to new role with the aim of providing inclusion and diversity advice to Council and the IOP more widely.

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Global physics community agrees shared approach to tackling climate change

16 November 2021
Following on from the COP 26 summit the IOP has joined with other national physics societies from across the globe to call for greater progress on tackling climate change.

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Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, IOP Vice President for Education and Skills, at the University of Exeter

IOP Vice-president visits Exeter

10 November 2021
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, IOP Vice-president for Education and Skills, visits South West branch.

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IOP welcomes co-operation in quantum technology

8 November 2021
IOP responds to the publication of agreement between Washington and Westminster on scientific collaboration.

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Join the IOP-hosted Festival of Physics in Exeter

Come along on 6 November and be inspired to embark on a career in physics.

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IOP responds to comprehensive spending review 2021

27 October 2021
R&D spend essential to improve skills, create opportunity and drive science and innovation, says the Institute of Physics.

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IOP urges government to embrace physics to meet net-zero targets

20 October 2021
Immediate investment in research and development and action to increase diversity in the workforce crucial, says IOP in response to new strategy.

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IOP responds to proposed changes to GCSEs by Qualifications Wales

14 October 2021
The Institute of Physics has commented on proposed changes to GCSEs announced today by Qualifications Wales.

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The Physics Benevolent Fund supports IOP and IPEM members facing financial hardship

13 October 2021
The Fund offers help to members of the IOP and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and their dependants following changes in circumstances.

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A teacher giving a physics demonstration.

Reforming teacher training: IOP Head of Education, Charles Tracy, shares expertise with Gatsby Education

13 October 2021
As part of a publication launched by Gatsby Education, IOP’s Head of Education, Charles Tracy, has shared his thoughts on developing subject knowledge for teaching during initial teacher training.

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Investment in R&D crucial if physics to play part in re-energising economy – CBI Economics

11 October 2021
Innovation survey forms part of a wider IOP programme investigating the contribution of physics to the UK and Irish economies.

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Climate change pioneers recognised as Nobel Prize winners announced

5 October 2021
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 has been awarded ‘for ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems’.

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New IOP Council members take up posts

1 October 2021
Professor Sheila Rowan CBE (pictured) succeeds Jonathan Flint as President, while Professor Sir Keith Burnett becomes President-elect.

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Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell awarded Copley Medal and donates gift to scholarship fund

24 August 2021
Dame Jocelyn pledges further gift to the IOP PhD scholarship fund that bears her name and seeks to diversify physics research.

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Inclusion project delivery subcontracted to The Association for Science Education (ASE)

24 August 2021

Our Inclusion in Schools project, delivered on behalf of the Department for Education for England, is moving into a new phase.

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The IOP is awarded Juno Practitioner status for commitment to gender equality

20 August 2021
The IOP officially receives the accolade, in recognition of its commitment to gender equality in the organisation.

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Female students smiling upon opening their exam results

IOP comments on A-level and Higher-level physics results published today across the UK

10 August 2021
Encouraging rise in numbers studying physics across the UK, but the figures mask hidden inequalities and biases facing diverse and disadvantaged young people.

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IOP comments on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report

9 August 2021
CEO Professor Paul Hardaker comments on the publication of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report.

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IOP welcomes new Innovation and People and Culture strategies

22 July 2021
Chief Executive Officer, Professor Paul Hardaker, comments on the publication of the government's Innovation Strategy and Research and Development (R&D) People and Culture Strategy.

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Result of Elections to IOP Council

16 July 2021
The results of the elections to the Institute of Physics Council were announced at the IOP’s Annual General Meeting on 15 July 2021.

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IOP Member scoops Top 50 Women in Engineering award

23 June 2021
Dr Katherine Dunn has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Engineering Heroes for 2021.

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International Day of Light 2021

14 May 2021
To mark this year’s International Day of Light, UNESCO is calling on people to sign up to the #TrustScience pledge.

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IOP sets out six-point policy priorities for Scottish and Welsh parliaments

29 April 2021
Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Institute of Physics is calling on the Scottish and Welsh parliaments to each focus on six priorities during their next sessions.

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Diversity in the spotlight at Hello World Hack 2021

29 April 2021
University students at Hello World Hack 2021 were set a challenge by the IOP to look at improving diversity and inclusion in physics.

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Young boys view an IBM quantum computer at an exhibition

‘Science superpower’ vision must be backed by funding – IOP

18 March 2021
The goals set out in Global Britain in a Competitive Age will be reached only with the right financial investment, according to the IOP.

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Medals for outstanding physics research on stars, Mars and quasars

16 March 2021
Three young physicists recognised for their wide-ranging research at the esteemed STEM for Britain competition.

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Budget 21: IOP urges government to focus on skills to drive science innovation

3 March 2021
Today’s Budget will support the physics sector to help the UK meet its green targets – and young scientists can help.

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IOP voices concerns about impact of teacher-assessed grades on physics students

26 February 2021
The government’s plans for exams are ‘still only the least worst solution’.

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IOP welcomes ‘truly disruptive’ new science research agency

19 February 2021
The establishment of an Advanced Research and Invention Agency is a step towards the UK’s R&D targets in the next decade, says the IOP.

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Call for views from the physics community on the vision for higher education on the island of Ireland

11 February 2021
The IOP is seeking the views of the physics community to help inform a consultation on the future direction of higher education on the island of Ireland.

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“Pinnacle of scientific achievement” sees physics students raise the bar

13 January 2021
IOP recognises young duo for kinetic energy work at online BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition awards, while the Lightning Show turned physics into rock and roll.

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