IOP Wales

The Institute of Physics is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland - on these pages you can find more information about the IOP’s work in Wales.


IOP Wales aims to promote the role of physics in society, covering education, health, the environment, and technology. Its membership is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary, including the educational, industrial, medical, and general public sectors. 

The IOP seeks common purpose with other organisations to promote science and science-based learning and to influence science policy. Special emphasis is placed on supporting physics teachers by promoting in our schools the value, joy and benefits of a knowledge of physics and its applications.

Events

View IOP Wales events on our events site.

Awards

IOP Wales presents annual awards to students and teachers in Wales.

  • Teachers of Physics award - Celebrates the success of secondary school physics teachers who have raised the profile of physics and science in schools.
  • The Goronwy Jones prize - Awarded annually to the top-scoring A-level candidate in physics (WJEC).

Publications

Cover image for The role of physics in supporting economic growth in Wales.

The role of physics in supporting economic growth and national productivity in Wales

Read the introduction and download the report

 

Education support

Welsh teachers network

The physics teacher network has been established to provide support for physics teachers across the whole of Great Britain and Ireland.

There are currently three regional network coordinators in Wales. These coordinators:

  • organise and coordinate local group activities and INSET;
  • help to forge better links between school sectors, and between schools and higher education;
  • act as a source of information about local initiatives and activities;
  • provide help and advice in response to requests.

Contact: physics@iopwales.org.

Studying physics in Wales

You can become a member of the Institute of Physics if you are enrolled on a physics-related course at a university or institute of technology. For a nominal fee you can become a member for the duration of your undergraduate degree with full benefits of membership.

The student wing of IOP is called Nexus and provides a communication channel for the student community throughout the UK and Ireland.

Active physics societies in Wales

Aberystwyth University - PHYSOC
Cardiff University - CHAOS
Swansea University - PHYSOC

To contact any of the societies above, please email physics@iopwales.org and your email will be forwarded accordingly.

Higher education representatives in Wales

Representatives exist in most departments in the UK and Ireland to promote the IOP and the benefits it offers to its students. They maintain the notice boards and distribute membership information.

Aberystwyth University – Rafaela Gubas
Swansea University – Shimra Ahmed

To contact the representatives please email physics@iopwales.org.

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Downloadable physics resources

Educational resources for teachers and students in Wales.

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I am thinking of becoming a teacher

Physics teacher in classroom

How to teach in Wales

Schools in Wales need more specialist physics teachers than ever before, so we hope our information and advice will encourage you to pursue this rewarding career path.

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Get involved

Eisteddfodau

A large feature of the Welsh landscape are Eisteddfodau. An Eisteddfod is normally a festival of the performing arts and poetry. Hundreds of small Eisteddfodau are held throughout the year in villages and towns across Wales. The main two Eisteddfodau are the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the Urdd Eisteddfod.

National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod of Wales is a week-long festival held in the first week of August. The history of the National Eisteddfod can be traced back to 1176. Apart from the arts, from poetry to classical music, a large science presence also exists through the science tent! Each year a large pavilion is placed on site and filled with all manner of weird and wonderful science and engineering experiments, information and games. The Institute of Physics in Wales has a presence in the pavilion each year.

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Urdd Gobaith Cymru

The Urdd Eisteddfod is the main arts youth festival in Europe. The festival is a week long and is held at different locations in Wales each year during summer half-term. Competitions range from singing to dancing, from acting to composition of poetry and from instrumental to arts and craft. Some 15,000 young people compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod each year.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information please contact the national officer by email: physics@iopwales.org.

Festivals and science shows

We have a presence at a variety of festivals and science shows in Wales, where we try to engage the public with some of the exciting physics work that is currently going on in the country.

Here are a few examples of how we are reaching out to the general public. If you would like to get involved in this kind of work then get in touch with the national officer: physics@iopwales.org.

Cardiff Science Festival

At the Cardiff Science Festival we have an opportunity to engage with a wide spectrum of the public. The Institute of Physics hosts an evening talk during the week, which last year saw Mike Edmunds’ superb “Newton Remembers” show in Porter's bar. We then held a huge selection of hands-on public engagement activities in the weekend-long science tent in Cardiff Bay.

Committee

The IOP Wales committee comprises senior academics, and people from industry and business, teaching and other professions.

They work hand in hand with the staff team in Wales to set and agree priorities to deliver the IOP's strategy within the context of the needs of the Wales physics community.

Chair Professor Alison McMillan, CPhys FInstP, Rolls Royce PLC
Secretary Mr Christopher North MInstP, Cardiff University
Retired Members Representative Mr Michael Jones
Ordinary Member Professor Michael Charlton
Ordinary Member Mr Anthony Clowser
Ordinary Member Mr Praveen Kumar Dhankar
Ordinary Member Mr Andrew Evans
Ordinary Member Mrs Carys Huntly
Ordinary Member Mr Martin Nelmes
Ordinary Member Dr Mariusz Pietrzyk
Ordinary Member Mr Adam Powell
Ordinary Member Dr Sarah Roberts
Ordinary Member Dr Wing Tsoi
Co-opted Member Mr Robert Woodman

Public engagement

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Public engagement in Wales

The Institute of Physics in Wales actively encourages its members and others to communicate exciting aspects and applications of physics to a wide audience.

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Contact us

Paul Williams
Email: paul.williams@iop.org
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7470 4845

Become a member

Member benefits include a link to the physics community in Wales via activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences and outreach events for all those with an interest in physics.

Learn more about other member benefits