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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition awards winners 2021

“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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Invest in teachers to secure long-term prosperity, says Institute of Physics

16 December 2020
The IOP today calls on policy-makers across the UK to level up student learning outcomes by backing a new subject-specific programme of support for teachers.

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IOP launches teacher training scholarships for 2021

9 December 2020
In partnership with the Department for Education, we are awarding 200 scholarships worth £26,000 to talented individuals.

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UK chancellor Rishi Sunak

UK on track for science superpower status, says Institute of Physics

25 November 2020
Responding to the publication of the one-year Spending Review, IOP chief executive Professor Paul Hardaker comments on the government’s commitment to invest £14.6bn over 2021 and 2022 into research and development.

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IOP comments on government’s plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

18 November 2020
Number 10's ambition and clarity of vision hailed but IOP urges adequate investment.

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Big Bounce 2020 turns East Glasgow’s iconic ballroom into science lab

6 November 2020
The festival, with its mix of talks, demos, workshops and comedy, has been hailed a great success.

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IOP launches new Limit Less campaign

21 October 2020
There are no limits to what can be achieved with physics. Our campaign will ensure that there are no limits on who can take part. 

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Helen Pollard MBE IOP teacher-coach

MBE awarded to IOP’s Helen Pollard

15 October 2020
Teacher-coach receives the accolade in the 2020 Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to physics education. 

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Survey of IOP members published

15 October 2020
The IOP has published the full results of the latest snapshot survey of its membership. 

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Paul Hardaker

IOP salutes Nobel Prize in Physics winners

8 October 2020
The IOP congratulates this year's trio of winners announced this week.

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New IOP Council members announced at 2020 AGM

11 September 2020
The IOP revealed the new members at its first-ever online annual general meeting.

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IOP switches over to updated website

18 August 2020
As of today the site you are now using, and which has been in BETA for some time, is now our main website. IOP’s ‘old’ website is being decommissioned and the content archived.

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Widening participation in higher education physics

14 August 2020
Thanks to a generous donation from Dr Tony Hill, the IOP is launching an exciting initiative to help widen participation on university physics courses.

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IOP launches new physics careers resource for young people

6 August 2020
IOP has launched a new online careers resource, Your Future with Physics, to support young people who are considering their subject choices and looking to their future career.

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IOP and Diversity and Inclusion

10 July 2020
Over the past week or so we have received some questions and challenges about IOP’s approach to diversity and inclusion, our ambitions and our actions so far in this area. We wanted to share these together with our thoughts and reflections on the questions raised, and in particular to respond to points that were passed on to us by the publication Research Fortnight.

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Physics-based businesses at the cutting edge of the UK and Ireland’s scientific research and development recognised at Institute of Physics Business Awards 2020

9 July 2020
The winning companies at this year’s Institute of Physics Business Awards have applied and employed physics and physicists to make world-leading technological achievements. 

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Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Innovative fund supports tomorrow’s researchers with new scholarships programme

7 July 2020
Four female physics research students are the first to benefit from an innovative fund set up by leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Institute of Physics.

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Diversity and inclusion: a collective enterprise

3 July 2020
Ahead of announcing the first awardees of the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, Paul Hardaker and Rachel Youngman write about how we must work together to achieve greater inclusiveness and diversity within physics. 

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Institute of Physics' response to the Government’s Research and Development Roadmap

In response to the publication of the Government’s R&D roadmap, Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics has issued a statement.

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IOP welcomes six new Honorary Fellows

24 June 2020
The Institute of Physics welcomes six new Honorary Fellows in 2020, and this year we recognise two outstanding technical professionals for the first time, reflecting the crucial role played by technicians in the advancement and application of physics and highlighting the growing number of pathways into a successful and rewarding physics career.

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Report on Equity in STEM education calls for more diversity in England’s STEM curriculum

23 June 2020
A report released today by the APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM is urging more diversity in England’s STEM curriculum, along with five other key recommendations. 

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Black Lives Matter and why change is needed now - IOP statement

9 June 2020
Sustainable and systemic change is needed, says IOP - and it will take the whole physics community working together.

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Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

UKRI appoints Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser as new CEO

26 May 2020
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS will join UK Research and Innovation as its new Chief Executive in June. In a letter warmly welcoming Professor Leyser to her new role, Institute of Physics CEO Professor Paul Hardaker, offered her the support of the IOP as she takes up her new role.

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Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy first in Wales to be awarded Juno Champion status

20 May 2020
Cardiff University’s School of Physics & Astronomy has been awarded the status of Juno Champion by the Institute of Physics (IOP), for its work and dedication in addressing gender equality in physics.

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Phil Evans

Phil Evans reflects on his first three months as IOP Director of Physics Programmes

15 May 2020
After 32 years with the Met Office, Phil Evans says it’s the IOP that is making the weather when it comes to ensuring the societal benefits of physics.

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A man wearing a medical mask, gloves and gown leans over a piece of equipment.

Urgent call for engineering volunteers to support front-line NHS staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic

15 April 2020
Following the call for engineering volunteers in London, Manchester and Birmingham the NHS is now asking for engineering volunteers from across the UK to come forward and stand alongside NHS staff.

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IOP welcomes budget 2020 science pledge

11 March 2020
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics, comments on Budget 2020.

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A group of Brownies try a physics experiment

A myriad of Girl Guides at the NEC

26 February 2020
The NEC conference centre in Birmingham was the venue for Girlguiding Midlands’ Celebrate 2020 event, and this year Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers were all experimenting with physics as part of the day’s raft of activities.

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IOP technicians fair

A focus on health and medical physics at technical careers fair

13 February 2020
On 11 February 2020, the IOP, Institute of Physics in Engineering and Medicine (IPEM), and British Institute of Radiology (BIR) hosted a technical careers fair focusing on health and medical physics.

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Richard Brock at IOP HQ for national storytelling week.

Stories from physics – the value of storytelling in teaching and learning

11 February 2020
Last Tuesday (4 February), during national storytelling week, Ben Rogers and Richard Brock took to the stage of the IOP’s state of the art theatre and delivered a Jackanory style evening compelling enough to rival the popular teatime storytelling television show - and its lunchtime radio forerunner.

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IOP hosts launch of Islington Council’s pioneering world of work initiative for schoolchildren

31 January 2020
The Institute of Physics hosted the launch of a new and pioneering programme from Islington Council that will ensure that every child in the borough has 100 hours’ experience of the world of work by the time they are 16.

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Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, visits Monmouth Improving Gender Balance School

31 January 2020
Welsh Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, visited Monmouth Comprehensive School on 23 January to see for herself how the school, which is a participant in the Institute of Physics Improving Gender Balance (IGB) programme in Wales, is working to ensure gender balance equality at the school.

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IOP response to new Global Talent visa scheme announcement

28 January 2020
IOP comments on today’s (27.01.2020) announcement by the UK Government that a global fast-track visa scheme aimed at attracting the world’s top scientists, researchers and mathematicians will be introduced on 20 February.

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John Holman

IOP hosts subject CPD summit chaired by Professor Sir John Holman

23 January 2020
Wednesday 22 January saw the Institute of Physics hosting a workshop and roundtable event focusing on subject specific continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers.

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Cerian Angharad

MBE for IOP Teaching & Learning Coach in Wales

23 January 2020
Cerian Angharad, the Institute of Physics (IOP) Teaching & Learning Coach in Wales, received an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours List ‘for services to science promotion and engagement with young people’.  

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Professor Qi-Kun Xue CTA

The Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing appoint Professor Qi-Kun Xue as chief scientific advisor for China

21 January 2020
The Institute of Physics (IOP) and IOP Publishing (IOPP) are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Qi-Kun Xue as chief scientific advisor for China.

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Cosmic rays and LEGO at the IOP

15 January 2019
School students from City & Islington College, the first school pupils to construct a cosmic ray detector in London, took their research experience to the next level by presenting their award winning project – Does air pollution affect cosmic rays? – to other Islington A-Level students, at the Institute of Physics’ state of the art headquarters on Caledonian Road yesterday (January 14). 

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Mayor of London showcases London schools and nurseries working for gender equality

19 December 2019
City Hall, the headquarters of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, was the venue of an event to celebrate the London schools and nurseries working with the Mayor’s Office to improve gender equality. 

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Paul Hardaker at podium at 2020 Awards dinner

Awards evening celebrates the physicists of yesterday, today and tomorrow

20 November 2019
Yesterday evening, IOP President Jonathan Flint CBE and CEO Professor Paul Hardaker welcomed award winners and guests at the 2019 IOP Awards event in London. Deputy Chief Executive Rachel Youngman also marked the launch of our 100th year.

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Committee recommends Ireland join CERN

13 November 2019
Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Chair of the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) and Assistant Registrar Institute of Technology Carlow, comments on the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s recommendation that Ireland becomes an associate member of CERN.

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Mayneord Phillips Education Programme launches 2021 Summer School

7 November 2019
Today, International Day of Medical Physics, the Mayneord Phillips Educational Programme launches its 2021 Summer School. The theme will be Advances in Solid State Detectors for Early Diagnosis.

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Applications open for Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

1 November 2019
The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, which aims to encourage greater diversity in physics, is now open for applications.

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Physics Teacher of the Year Awards 2019

IOP announces winners of Teachers of Physics Awards 2019

29 October 2019
Returning for its 33rd year, our Teachers of Physics awards celebrate the achievements of teachers in raising the profile of physics and science in schools across the UK.

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Technician Award winners 2019

First ever winners of Institute of Physics Technician Awards announced

23 October 2019
Five winners in four categories - secondary school; further education and higher education; business and/or facilities and team - are the first technicians to be recognised by the IOP.

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IOP announces 2019 Business Awards winners

16 October 2019
Institute of Physics recognises innovation and entrepreneurship of physics-based businesses.

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IOP President, Jonathan Flint CBE, outlines his aspirations as he takes office

10 October 2019
As he begins his tenure as President of the IOP, Jonathan Flint CBE speaks about his aspirations for the next two years.

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IOP congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics winners

8 October 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO at the Institute of Physics, congratulates the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics.

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New IOP President, Jonathan Flint CBE, begins his term

1 October 2019
Jonathan Flint CBE today begins his tenure as President of the Institute of Physics. He has been President-elect since October 2017 and will now serve for two years as President.

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IOP comment on Balance and Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Spending report

12 September 2019
The IOP welcomes the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on the balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending and echoes many of its recommendations.

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Physics following a ‘no deal’ Brexit

10 September 2019
Will a ‘no deal’ Brexit affect the UK physics community and what steps are being taken by the UK Government and the EU to mitigate negative consequences?

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Institute of Physics response to the 2019 Spending Round

4 September 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics, comments on the 2019 Spending Round.

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IOP new IOP Honorary Fellows 2019

IOP welcomes four new Honorary Fellows

29 August 2019
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Dame Sue Ion, Professor Ian Munro and Professor Donna Strickland join the list of esteemed physicists to have received the highest honour that the Institute of Physics can bestow.

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Institute of Physics response to the proposed fast-track visa route

9 August 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive Officer of the IOP, has responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday of a proposed restructuring of immigration rules.

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The Institute of Physics announces ambitious new strategy and £10 million challenge fund

17 July 2019
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced an ambitious new strategy to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics eco-system that will contribute to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

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Call for the next Prime Minister to back R&D

27 June 2019
In an unprecedented joint statement, a coalition representing some of the UK’s leading businesses, minds, universities and charities, including the Institute of Physics, is calling on the next Prime Minister to put research and innovation at the heart of their plan for UK prosperity, post-Brexit. 

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Scientists must create culture of tolerance to improve LGBT+ retention

26 June 2019
Along with our counterparts at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society, the IOP recently reached out to the LGBT+ community working in science to ask about the working culture from their perspective. The results are published today.

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Robin James receiving his Primary Science Teacher Award.

IOP at the Primary Science Teacher Awards

24 June 2019
The Institute of Physics was proud to endorse two awards as part of the 2018 Primary Science Teacher Awards, which were presented at the Celebration Dinner at Dynamic Earth as part of the Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC 2019).

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Government invests £153 million in UK’s quantum technologies

14 June 2019
Government has today announced it will invest £153 million into the National Quantum Technologies Programme. Institute of Physics CEO, Professor Paul Hardaker, said: “This funding sends a very positive message about the UK’s commitment to the quantum programme and the many benefits which will come from this."

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IOP members who received 2019 Queen's birthday honours

IOP members receive Queen’s birthday honours

14 June 2019
Seven Institute of Physics members have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. 

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IOP celebrates launch of Technician Commitment action plan

13 June 2019
Today the IOP celebrates becoming the first official supporter of the Technician Commitment outside of the higher education sector coupled with the launch of its Technician Commitment action plan.

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IOP at Science and the Assembly 2019

7 June 2019
This week’s Science and the Assembly event in Cardiff once again brought together scientists, politicians and science educators from schools colleges and HEIs, to share experiences, good practice and recommendations for teaching and curriculum development. 

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Explore measurement with the IOP

14 May 2019
When we measure something, it is in units like metres, kilograms or seconds and these units are fixed. At least they are since a 2018 vote to define the last remaining unstable units – the kilogram, kelvin, ampere and mole – by fundamental constants of nature.

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Physics and world intellectual property day

26 April 2019
26 April is world intellectual property day. But what does intellectual property have to do with physics?

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IOP Accelerator workspace now open for business

26 April 2019
IOP Accelerator offers 1,000 square feet of co-working and private office space in our brand new building in the heart of King’s Cross and London’s Knowledge Quarter.

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Astronomers capture first images of a black hole

11 April 2019
On April 10 2019, astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever image of a black hole.

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Professor Michael Coey receiving Max Born Medal

Max Born Medal and Prize for 2019 goes to Professor Michael Coey

3 April 2019
Emeritus Professor Michael Coey has been awarded the 2019 Max Born Medal and Prize. 

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Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

IOP and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launch new fund to encourage greater diversity in physics

19 March 2019
The IOP and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell have launched a new PhD scholarship fund to encourage greater diversity in physics.

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Open for business

11 March 2019
Members of the UK industrial physics community gathered at the IOP’s London headquarters on Tuesday, 26 February for the inaugural Business Innovation and Growth Conference. 

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DfE funding extended for the IOP physics-teaching improvement programme

11 March 2019
We are pleased to announce that funding from the Department for Education will continue for 2019/20 for the IOP’s Stimulating Physics Network (SPN) physics-teaching improvement programme.

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In support of Open Science: IOP responds to the ongoing debate over Science Europe’s Plan S

15 February 2019
Plan S, an initiative that aims rapidly to accelerate the transition to open access scientific publishing, was launched by Science Europe in September 2018.  

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Introducing the “I am a physicist” challenge

15 February 2019
We’ve teamed up with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire to launch a new “I am a physicist” challenge and badge for would-be physicists.

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