The physics in society team run public engagement activities throughout the year aimed at raising awareness of contemporary physics, its impact on society and the opportunities that it provides for all.

Lab in a Lorry

Lab in a Lorry
Lab in a Lorry is a mobile science lab that gives young people the chance to explore science through open-ended hands-on experiments whilst being guided by volunteers who want to share their passion for science and their curiosity about the world we live in.

Lab in a Lorry operates in Scotland.

Physics in the Field logo

Physics in the Field
Each summer, physics puts on its wellies and waterproofs and heads to festivals and shows with the physics in society team and volunteers. Balloon kebabs, Alka Seltzer rockets and waterproof hankies are just three of the tricks that keep adults and children alike entertained.

Evaluations for each event are available on request from

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Superposition is a pilot artist-in-residency programme that aims to explore and test ways in which the Institute of Physics can work with artists to open up contemporary physics. The programme seeks to stimulate discussion among adults about the role that physics plays in their lives and offer a platform for physicists to engage with specialists outside their field.

Beer Mat

Cheers Physics
You may enjoy a beer in the evening over a good tale…but have you ever thought about what goes into making your pint? From generating the right amount of bubbles to extracting the best flavours, brewing involves a lot of physics. So let’s raise a glass and say “cheers physics!”.

The 2012 campaign partnered up with CAMRA. In 2013 campaign partnered up with the IBD and the BBPA.

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Two high tech treasure hunts around the Harcourt Arboretum near Oxford help to highlight how there’s physics in everything – even trees. Using GPS receivers, families locate hidden caches containing physics activities that link to the surrounding environment.

Other IOP websites

Your guide to physics on the web

Related information


Past activities

Public engagement and outreach activities since 2005