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12 February 2024

IOP branch committee member lands top astronomy award

IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch committee member Professor Ian Robson has been awarded the 2024 Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Service Award (A).

The award recognises significant achievements in and the promotion of astronomy and geophysics.

Ian has been active in astronomy for more than 50 years, during which time he has directed observatories and been in charge of innovative instruments such as the James Clerk Maxwell submillimetre telescope and the UK Infrared Telescope.

According to the RAS (PDF, 196KB), Ian has given considerable effort to public engagement and “talent to astronomy, carrying out his own research, particularly on active galactic nuclei, deftly negotiating the funding challenges and politics involved in managing facilities and delivering major projects, and inspiring the public and young scientists”.

20 December 2023

IOP Legacy Campaign Edinburgh Dinner

The IOP has marked a milestone: its first in-person legacy event since the beginning of Covid.

One evening late in November, a small group of members who have pledged to the IOP in their wills, or who may be interested in doing so, sat down for dinner in the Kelvin Room of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Joining them was Tom Grinyer, IOP Chief Executive, Alison McLure, Head of Scotland, and Derek Young, Policy Manager for Scotland. Over sparkling wine and canapes, they heard Tom and Alison’s updates on the IOP’s work in 2023 ahead of the 2024-29 strategy.

Professor Stuart Palmer, former IOP Honorary Secretary, volunteered to speak about his own choice to leave a gift to the IOP in his will, continuing his long-running support of the legacy campaign.

He said: “I was pleased to continue my engagement with the IOP’s legacy campaign – not just as a legator, but as an advocate. I believe deeply in the organisation’s impact on the physics community in the UK and Ireland, and it is a privilege to contribute to a society that has done so much for my career.”

Conversation at the table ranged widely, taking in subjects including the science and education policy environment in Scotland and collaboration with EU universities post the UK rejoining Horizon. One member reflected on how the IOP had underpinned guests’ professional success throughout their careers; it was a privilege to hear about the tangible difference the IOP had made to our community, something that its staff strive to continue every day.

In a delightful coincidence, guests found themselves sat under a portrait of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, whose generous donation of her Breakthrough Prize money supports the IOP’s Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund. It was a pleasure to have a venue that matched the quality of physics talent present on the evening.

Alison McLure said: “It was a privilege to be able to share some of the great work that the IOP and the team in Scotland are doing to promote the benefits of physics to all and to support our members.”

The development team looks forward to organising further events in 2024.

After taking care of your loved ones, you can also leave a lasting legacy at the IOP. Leaving a gift in your will to the organisation is a tax-efficient way to further our shared aspiration for physics. We want future generations to experience the immense opportunities that the discipline can bring for them personally and for society.

If you are interested in leaving such a gift or would like to know more about our legacy events, please contact [email protected].

The IOP is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

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