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Retired members network

The retired members network (REMNet) brings together representatives from across the nation and branch community.

Welcome to REMNet, which is a group of representatives from all regional and national branches of the IOP who have retired from paid employment or are considering retirement.

The aim of this group is to provide opportunities for retired members, especially for those recently retired who may need support in transitioning from employment to retirement, to stay connected with the IOP and the physics community through a variety of activities.

REMNet will help you take the next steps in your physics journey, whether that is to continue with your professional development, network with peers, inspire and mentor the next generation, or become involved in any of the IOP’s strategic programmes.

On this page, you will find information on how to:

  • an upcoming REMNet event;
  • change your membership status to ‘retired’;
  • access professional development resources;
  • access networking opportunities through groups and branches;
  • volunteer with the IOP;
  • access IOP Member Plus; and
  • receive discounts on books published by the Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP).

Upcoming event

9 December 2021: The Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

This talk, coming after COP26, will look at the technology and issues involved in the safe disposal and storage of spent nuclear waste.

The event, organised by the IOP Environmental Physics Group and REMNet, is open to all and free to attend, but pre-registration is required by 8 December.

Changing your membership status

Update your membership details to reflect your retired status

Log in to the IOPConnect Member Services page, scroll down to reveal the menu on the left and select ‘changing your circumstances’. Alternatively, contact [email protected].

Contact your IOP nation or local branch

Each national or regional branch has the option to elect a retired member representative. This person is:

  • responsible for promoting and overseeing the organisation of events;
  • responsible for ensuring branch events are accessible for retired members in their region; and
  • the branches’ point of contact for the local retired members.

Select your local area from the drop-down list below and email the local REMNet representative to find out more about local activities and events which may interest you and help you network with your peers.

Local REMNet representatives


The Chair of the REMNet committee is Hugh Deighton. You can contact Hugh directly: [email protected].

IOP Events

The IOP hosts a range of events in all areas of physics and by doing so it brings the community together to share research, support learning and make connections. You can view and book events that are of interest to you.

Alternatively, use the search function to search for your area or for REMNet. Some of the events may be online, so can be accessed from any locality whether you are in the UK or Ireland or based internationally.

Volunteering opportunities

The IOP is always looking for members to volunteer for a variety of roles, these include organising public events, influencing policy-makers, getting young people interested in physics, and supporting local branches and our special interest groups. Find out more about volunteering with the IOP.

Career Development Hub

The hub has a wealth of resources that you can access; some of the topics include preparing for retirement, working past retirement, and considerations when choosing a volunteering role. Access the Career Development Hub.

IOP Member Plus

As an IOP member, you are entitled to a suite of discounts and benefits on leisure, entertainment, technology and health. Access IOP Member Plus and scroll down to the middle of the page.

IOP bookstore – 30% discount

As a member you are entitled to a 30% discount on all books published by IOPP. Access your discount code and scroll towards the bottom of the page.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

As a member of the IOP, you are expected to regularly engage in continuing professional development (CPD) activities as outlined in the IOP’s Code of Conduct. If you are a holder of a professional registration and are professionally active, you will be required to provide evidence of the CPD activities you’ve undertaken when called to do so. If you are no longer professionally active, you can still retain your registration provided you regularly engage in and record your CPD activities. However, you will not be required to submit a record. Below are definitions of professionally active and not professionally active.

Professionally active means you undertake activities (either paid or unpaid) where you use your professional skills and knowledge for the benefit of others. This includes volunteering, for example serving on IOP groups/committees, tutoring, delivering presentations, contributing to papers, or transfer of knowledge.

Not professionally active means you no longer engage in any type of activities where your professional skills and knowledge are used for the benefit of others. While you may be engaging in activities such as listening to podcasts, attending webinars and reading articles of interest, you are not transferring your knowledge.

We have information about undertaking CPD activities and maintaining your CPD record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CPD manager Vishanti Fox: [email protected].