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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 cover the areas of Birmingham, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire with evening talks based in Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester, Keele, Telford, Warwick and Wolverhampton.

Our activities

Physics talks


Always check the IOP Events webpage for the latest information regarding talks in the region and for updates to these programmes.


September 2022-May 2023 saw the return to in-person physics talks across the region along with some online sessions. With 30 talks taking place covering Electric Vehicle Chargers to Hunting for Alien Worlds, and Nuclear Reactors to Cosmic Geometry, for which we were delighted to welcome a speaker from Nasa Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Details of these talks along with recordings (where available) can be found on the West Midlands events page. We also have our IOP Regions and Nations YouTube playlist.

You can view all future West Midlands Branch events.

Outreach events

We organise or support STEM events in the region, such as the University of Wolverhampton’s SciFest and Science in the Park in Malvern.

We work with schools by giving talks and demonstrations on a variety of subjects and run after-school clubs in some areas.

Branch committee (from 1 October 2023)

ChairMr Scott Walker, MInstP
Vice-chairDr Alexandra Iordachescu, MInstP
SecretaryMr Michael Boden, CPhys MInstP 
TreasurerMr David Bowdley, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Nilanthy Balakrishnan, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMr Rhys Bevan
Ordinary MemberMr Daniel Cottle, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberMrs Margaret Cross, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMr Ian Kemp, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMx Lex Millins, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Anthony Nixon, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Alan Smith, CSci CPhys FInstP

Branch events

View upcoming West Midlands Branch events.

News and monthly newsletters

Member networks 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.