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Urgent call for engineering volunteers to support front-line NHS staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic

31 March 2020

There are a number of new medical facilities being built in England, at ExCel London as well as field hospitals in Manchester and Birmingham, to treat patients with COVID-19. Additional support staff – engineers and technicians – are needed. Read more on our beta site.

STEM Britain 2020 winners

Innovative physics research showcased in parliament at 2020 STEM for Britain competition

12 March 2020

This year’s STEM for Britain competition in parliament saw 24 innovative and talented early career physics researchers, and research students, showcasing poster displays of their research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges. Read more on our Beta site.

Quick demo activies launch

IOP education team launch quick classroom activities

9 March 2020

To coincide with British Science Week, we are unveiling a new suite of quick demonstrations and practicals for teachers to use in the classroom. Read more on our IOPSpark site.

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REF 2021: Call for nominations for sub-panel members and impact assessors
The four UK funding bodies are inviting nominations for further members and assessors for the REF 2021 sub-panels.

Lefebvre prize
Lefebvre Prize for best PhD thesis in Combustion - now open for nominations

Help shape the future of STEM education
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is inviting IOP members to help shape the future of STEM education.

Latest Particle Accelerators and Beams Group newsletter now available

PLANCKS competition 8-10 May 2020
PLANCKS is an annual international student-run physics competition hosted at a different university each year. Forty teams of bachelors & masters students of all abilities will arrive from all over the world to solve ten written physics problems and enjoy a weekend symposium of physics trips, talks, excursions, socials and careers activities. It takes place 8-10 May 2020, IOP London. Please register to organise a preliminary in your country.

Apply for teacher training scholarships
£28K physics teacher training scholarships. Inspire the next generation. Apply now.

School Grants
Apply for a School Grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people.

Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship
Next application deadline: Monday 13 April 2020

IOP Teacher Training Scholarships
Are you ready to embark on a career in teaching physics? The IOP is awarding £28,000 Scholarships to 150 talented individuals starting teacher training in England in September 2020. IOP scholarships are awarded to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching.

Research into the impacts of discovery science and maths
The Institute of Physics, together with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry, is commissioning research to create a coherent, up-to-date picture of the impacts of discovery science and maths research in the UK, on our society, environment and economy.

22 April

  • 1891 Birth of Harold Jeffreys, the mathematician, geophysicist and astronomer noted for first suggesting that the Earth's core is liquid and for his contributions to the Bayesian theory of probability
  • 1904 Birth of Robert Oppenheimer, considered to be the father of the atomic bomb and notable for his contributions to quantum physics including the first prediction of quantum tunneling
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