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Engaging Physicists

Engaging Physicists is designed to take the hassle and uncertainty out of finding the right physicist for your event by linking you with specialist outreach officers. Each organisation on the database has nominated an outreach officer who has an understanding of the needs of both community groups and physicists, enabling them to find your perfect match.

The organisations on the database are universities and national laboratories. Outreach officers are members of staff within these organisations who have responsibility for organising activities in which the physicists they work with can get involved.

The outreach officers are keen to talk with you about your individual circumstances and they will work with you to get the best out of any visit or activity. So don’t just think about having someone in to give a talk – what about a debate or a workshop? However, if you know what you want, for example you’d like a return visit from a particular person, please just ask for that!

Request an activity

To help the outreach officers find your perfect match, we ask you to complete a form with your contact details and what you’re after. It doesn’t matter if you’re still a bit vague – there’s a free text box that allows you to make specific requests or simply ask for a call back from the outreach officer to discuss your options further.

Outreach officers will aim to respond to all enquiries they receive within two working days. However, in exceptional circumstances, it may take slightly longer.

Outreach officers will do all that they can to meet all requests they receive, however in busy times this might not be possible.

All activities offered through Engaging Physicists are free of charge (except in some cases where travel expenses may need to be paid) but please remember that quite a lot of work goes in to organising visits and the physicists are giving up their time for free.


Unforeseen things happen. If you need to cancel a visit or activity please contact the outreach officer involved as soon as possible. Outreach officers will do their best to reschedule, but this can’t be guaranteed.

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