Be at the heart of the physics community by joining one of the Institute’s member-led groups.

Joining a group is the means for you as a member to be part of the physics community and to take part in activities in your particular areas of interest. Visit the IOP blog to find out why joining a group could benefit your career.

The Institute has around 50 groups that cover a wide range of subjects including:

  • Specialist areas of physics research and its application, such as the High Energy Particle Physics Group or the Plasma Physics Group
  • Professional aspects of physicists working in industry, such as the Nuclear Industry Group
  • Wider issues that relate to physics and society like the Higher Education Group or Physics Communicators Group
  • Some groups are organised jointly with other societies with similar interests, for example the Polymer Physics Group is a joint group with the Royal Society of Chemistry

What do groups do?
Groups have individual programmes, reflecting the needs of their members. Their activities include:

  • Arranging conferences, seminars and workshops for their members and others
  • Producing newsletters to keep their members in touch with the latest developments in their field
  • Promoting interaction between physicists working in industry and research, providing opportunities for networking and a forum for meeting and discussion
  • Awarding bursaries to help research students attend conferences via the Research Student Conference Fund
  • Providing information on relevant meetings organised by other bodies
  • Awarding prizes in their area

Any queries regarding IOP groups should be emailed to

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