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Lancashire and Cumbria Branch

The Lancashire and Cumbria branch is one of 11 regional branches in England, and part of a wider network of IOP activity across our Nations including Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

We have activity centres based across both counties, in Preston, Fylde Coast, Carlisle, Lancaster and Workington.


Our activities

We organise talks, visits and engagement opportunities in the Lancashire and Cumbria region, and work locally to promote physics, physics education and public understanding of physics.

Whether you are a physicist or just interested in physics, then do join us at one of our events. They are not restricted to members – on the contrary, we warmly welcome everyone. 

If you are interested in finding out more, or getting involved, please contact the regional manager Allison Vickers: [email protected].

Branch committee (from 1 October 2023)

ChairProfessor Peter Ratoff, CPhys FInstP
TreasurerMr Richard Lynn, MInstP
Inclusion and Diversity AdvocateDr Francesca Doddato, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Christopher Bowdery, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary MemberMr Jack Ingham, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMs Maria Kettle, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberProfessor Ian Robson, FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Louise Smethurst, CPhys MInstP

Branch events

View upcoming Lancashire and Cumbria Branch events.


Contact details

Email: [email protected]

Keep up to date with our branch news, events and activities via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Member networks support officer – North West

Email: [email protected]

Diversity and inclusion representative

Dr Francesca Doddato MInstP
Email: [email protected]

Alongside Cumbria and Lancashire, the IOP’s North West region covers Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

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