Science and innovation
Shaping the debate on matters important to the physics community in the UK and Ireland.
The IOP’s ambition is to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that will further discovery, research, innovation, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.
As such, we are building our capacity to shape the debate on matters important to our members and the wider physics community in academia and business across the UK and Ireland in order to influence and drive impact. This is enabling a more systematic way to create an ongoing programme of impact projects.
Our science and innovation impact projects complement the longer-term goals of our R&D blueprint, and aim to provide specific near-term insight and action to make a difference.
Shape the debate
Member engagement and influencing senior stakeholders are core to our impact projects, and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, since we know diversity of thought improves outcomes.
Every year, IOP will typically run four impact projects. These will involve convening community debates, gathering evidence, setting out recommendations and facilitating action, that may, for example:
- influence national science and technology strategies and investment
- create roadmaps that set out how physics can address sector challenges
- address business innovation and growth issues
- showcase important but less understood areas of physics and the difference it can make
- explore international best practice and collaboration opportunities
Who should get involved
You should get involved if you are a member, physicist, researcher, innovator, engineer, or business leader. We need the expertise and input of IOP members like you to bring our impact projects to life.
Members will also have the opportunity to join our impact project teams, either as partners or secondees, to strengthen our knowledge and capacity and help us deliver tangible results for the community.
Wide and effective membership engagement is critical, and we want to make sure all members can participate, inclusive of:
- women, people from ethnic minorities, disabled people, LGBT+ individuals and people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they are currently under-represented in the physics community
- members across all parts of the UK and Ireland
- universities and other research and innovation organisations, including national R&D facilities
- businesses of different sizes and at all stages, working across diverse sectors and technologies
Make a submission
The call for submissions to shape the debate for 2024 is now closed.
Selecting impact project topics
Submissions will be reviewed by IOP’s Vice-presidents for Science and Innovation and Business, along with an advisory panel of members who will help to identify matters that will shape the debate in 2024.
The IOP aims to take forward up to four issues to form impact projects each year. Whilst not all submissions will be taken forward as impact projects, all issues and topics raised will be considered as part of wider organisational focus and planning.
Please note, this is not a funding call to support external projects and is not connected to the IOP Challenge Fund. This call is to seek community views on issues impacting physics, where the IOP is well placed to convene community discussions with stakeholders to drive change.