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.
Visit our events site to view IOP Wales events.
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).
Stimulating Physics Network Wales
The Stimulating Physics Network in Wales is a Welsh government-funded project that supports teachers teaching physics in schools to improve their subject-specific knowledge for teaching, their confidence, and their autonomy to teach physics with passion and flair. With an established network that reaches across the whole of Wales, we provide free targeted coaching to early career teachers and those working outside of their own subject discipline, whilst supporting teachers in the implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales.
Whole School Equity and Inclusion Network
Through our Welsh government funding, the Whole School Equity and Inclusion Network supports schools to use the Science Capital Teaching Approach at primary and secondary level to promote and improve inclusion and equity through improving representation, engagement and motivation. We meet online half-termly, recent topics of focus have included ‘poverty-proofing the school day’, exploring advice and guidance on offer to schools through the Price of Pupil Poverty Project led by Children in Wales.
For more information and to join these programmes, please contact [email protected].
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
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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.
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: [email protected].
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: [email protected].
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.
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.
Wales committee from 1 October 2022:
|Chair||Dr Christopher North, MInstP|
|Secretary||Dr Sarah Roberts, MInstP|
|Treasurer and Retired Members Representative||Mr Huw Jones, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Jane Clark, CSci CEng CPhys FInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr Anthony Clowser, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Christopher Finlayson, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr Keith Jones, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr Kenneth Jones, CSci CPhys MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Mariusz Pietrzyk, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Mr Adam Powell, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Ms Nia Roberts, CPhys MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Wing Tsoi, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Tom Wantock, MInstP|
|Co-opted Member||Professor Michael Charlton, CPhys FInstP|
Email: [email protected]