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The IOP Policy Centre provides an active and authoritative voice for physics. We work in all areas that affect physics, from schools education through to research and innovation and supply timely, evidence-based, scientific advice and in-depth analyses to governments and other agencies.


The IOP's membership is a unique source of expertise, which informs all of our policy activities and all policy statements and positions are agreed by the Council of the Institute.

Policy statements and consultation responses

The IOP aims to respond quickly and effectively to consultations and to supply evidence-based advice and in-depth analysis of physics policy to governments and other agencies

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Policy news

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What the Spending Review means for physics in the UK

27 November 2020
The IOP responds to the UK government’s one-year Spending Review, announced this week. Here we consider how this latest financial settlement is likely to affect our sector in the UK, including research and development, innovation, and education.

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REF 2021: Call for nominations for sub-panel members and impact assessors

17 April 2020
The four UK funding bodies are inviting nominations for further members and assessors for the REF 2021 sub-panels.

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Physics following a ‘no deal’ Brexit

10 September 2019
Will a ‘no deal’ Brexit affect the UK physics community and what steps are being taken by the UK Government and the EU to mitigate negative consequences?

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IOP hosts science and technology investment roundtable

27 June 2019
The Institute of Physics and Industry Forum recently co-hosted a roundtable with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd MP, to discuss Labour’s plans for investment in science and technology.

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