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West Midlands Branch

The West Midlands 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 are a well-established and active branch, with a friendly, enthusiastic and diverse committee, organising and developing many activities within the region. We cover the areas of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, HerefordshireWorcestershire and Birmingham

Our activities


We currently run four evening lecture centres based in:

  • Birmingham
  • Hereford and Worcester
  • Keele
  • Wolverhampton

In 2018-19, we delivered 26 popular lectures, given by excellent speakers from all around the country. The subjects covered ranged from bubbles to ghosts, medical to space research, gravitational waves, exotic particles, alternative energies and more.

The lectures were enjoyed by around 2,400 A-level students, GCSE students, teachers and members of the public, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with free refreshments included.

Current lecture programme

Outreach events

We organise or participate in regular outreach events, including:

  • Science Night and Space Day at the Hive in Worcester
  • Family Day, Next Generation Innovators Fair and Science in the Park in Malvern.

In May 2018, we collaborated with the University of Birmingham to organise a 'Physics in the City' event in the city's New Street. In total, we interacted with more than 3,000 members of the public, with fun demonstrations and physics-based experiments/knowledge of current fields.

Working with schools

Our branch interacts directly with schools by:

  • giving talks and demonstrations to all age groups on a variety of subjects

  • running electronic workshops

  • running after-school clubs

  • supporting projects such as physics and art. 

Message from the Chair

"We are proud of our record so far but are always looking for new ideas, enthusiastic volunteers and physics communicators who want to get involved. We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in joining our committee."

Lynne Long, Chair of IOP West Midlands Branch

Branch committee

Chair Mrs Lynne Long, MInstP
Secretary Mr Michael Boden, CPhys MInstP 
Treasurer Mr John Beale, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mrs Margaret Cross, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Ruchi Gupta, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Ian Kemp, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Fabrice Laussy
Ordinary Member Dr Alan Smith, CSci CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Scott Walker, MInstP
Co-opted Member Mrs Janet Hilton, CPhys MInstP

Branch events

View upcoming West Midlands Branch events.

You can find recordings of previous branch events on our IOP Regions and Nations YouTube playlist.


Branch support officer

Sharon Connor: [email protected]

Contact details

Email: [email protected]

Keep up to date with our branch news, events and activities via our Twitter page, @IOPMidlands.