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The 2020 IOP Awards: celebrating outstanding achievement in physics

The IOP Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in physics and by physicists across the UK and Ireland, including researchers, technicians, apprentices, business innovators and teachers.


Nominations for the 2020 awards are now closed.

IOP is planning to reschedule the 2020 Awards ceremony later in the year – we will announce details as soon as these are confirmed.

Award categories

Our focus has always been on ensuring our award categories are broad and flexible enough to reward outstanding achievement across all areas. 

We have awards in the following areas:

In 2019, we introduced a new technician’s award and in 2020, we are introducing two new award categories to recognise the contribution of apprentices and employers of apprentices.

It is important that we encourage and celebrate the physics community in all its diversity, because finding solutions to urgent global challenges depends on our community continuing to grow, thrive and become more diverse.

The list of previous winners includes many of the UK and Ireland’s most prominent and influential physicists, and we look forward to recognising more individuals and teams who will continue to shape our future.

Our awards and medals for 2020 are: