Resources

Whether you want to organise your own public engagement and outreach activities or get involved with an event being held near you, this section should help you find what you’re looking for.

If you can’t find the information that you need, or you’d like to reality check an idea then please email the physics in society team at physics.society@iop.org.

If you’re new to public engagement or feel that your skills and confidence could do with a boost, consider attending one of the Institute’s one day outreach training workshops. They’re free.

Whether you’re in need of inspiration or just want to see what others have done, take a look at our selection of activity ideas.

These include simple experiments, craft activities with a physics twist and speaker lists. Or, if you’re thinking big, have a look at Mobile Science which is a collection of suggestions from people involved in mobile science projects around the world.

A further source of ideas and practical advice is the Institute’s good practice guide. This guide takes you step by step through the process of developing, delivering and evaluating successful public engagement with physics projects from setting realistic aims to completing risk assessments.

When you know what you want to do, take a look at our funding page to see if you are eligible for financial support for your project. Schemes listed include the Institute’s own public engagement with physics grant scheme as well as schemes run by STFC and the Royal Society.

Many people worry about evaluating projects, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.  For help and advice on the best way to evaluate your activity, have a look at our evaluation page which also includes example questionnaires.

If you’re interested in working with schools, join the Schools Outreach Support Network (SOSN)

The Network is based around an email discussion list which is open to everyone who wishes to have strong links with their local schools and twice yearly meetings for outreach and schools liaison officers. 

And if you have a particular interest in primary schools, have a look at the Physicists in Primary Schools resource.

Whatever public engagement and outreach activities you do, safety is paramount. The Institute’s Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults policy can be found on our safeguarding children page. The policy applies to all staff, members and volunteers carrying out activities on behalf of the IOP.

There are many other organisations involved in public engagement which may be of use to you, so see our list of the main useful organisations for details.



Related information

Careers resources for students

The Institute produces a number of resources to help school and college students make informed decisions about their future.

Career Clips

A suite of 5–8 minute films showcasing some exciting careers available to those studying physics to A-Level and higher

Physics Lives

The Physics Lives films focus on four university research physicists and what they do in their working lives

Other IOP websites


Your guide to physics on the web