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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



The physics talk programme from September 2021-May 2022 was delivered primarily online and more than 24 lectures were presented with 1,000-plus people attending virtually. The talks covered fascinating topics such as dark matter, the James Webb telescope, reaching net zero, hydrogen in the UK gas grid and much more.

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 2022)

Chair Mr Scott Walker, MInstP
Secretary Mr Michael Boden, CPhys MInstP 
Treasurer Mr John Beale, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr David Bowdley, CPhys FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Daniel Cottle, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Mrs Margaret Cross, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr David Harris, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Ian Kemp, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Fabrice Laussy, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Alan Smith, CSci CPhys FInstP

Branch events

View upcoming West Midlands Branch events.

News and monthly newsletters

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.