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Public engagement programme

Inspiring Scotland through physics.


The IOP runs a busy programme of activities across Scotland to excite, entertain and inform public audiences.

The Big Bounce festival is an annual celebration of physics, innovation and curiosity. Following three successful years in Edinburgh (when it was called the Festival of Physics), in 2020 the event relocated to the East End of Glasgow, where it was held online. It will return there – hopefully face-to-face – in autumn 2021.

IOP Scotland Small Stories event for children at the Big Bounce 2020

Small Stories events bring early-years storytelling to the heart of Scottish communities – all with a physics twist!

Small Stories is not currently running online, but will return in-person as soon as it is possible in 2021.

Physics Busking is a pop-up showcase of amazing physics demonstrations, touring around the country. Look out for it near you, once it is possible to re-start later this year.

Knit the Universe brings the wonder of the cosmos to your living room with downloadable knit kits. Running during the winter of 2020/2021, the project shares patterns adapted from mind-blowing astronomical images that are suitable for novices and seasoned knitters alike.

IOP Scotland Physics Busking demonstration for children

For more information, or to enquire about hosting or contributing to any of the above events, please email Mikey Jarrell, the IOP public engagement manager (Scotland), at [email protected]

If you would like to volunteer at any public engagement events in Scotland, please register.