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News archive 2019

News, statements and responses from 2019. You can also view the latest news from the IOP or browse the archived news and statements from 2020.


Mayor of London showcases London schools and nurseries working for gender equality

19 December 2019
City Hall, the headquarters of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, was the venue of an event to celebrate the London schools and nurseries working with the Mayor’s Office to improve gender equality. 

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Awards evening celebrates the physicists of yesterday, today and tomorrow

20 November 2019
Yesterday evening, IOP President Jonathan Flint CBE and CEO Professor Paul Hardaker welcomed award winners and guests at the 2019 IOP Awards event in London. Deputy Chief Executive Rachel Youngman also marked the launch of our 100th year.

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Committee recommends Ireland join CERN

13 November 2019
Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Chair of the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) and Assistant Registrar Institute of Technology Carlow, comments on the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s recommendation that Ireland becomes an associate member of CERN.

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Mayneord Phillips Education Programme launches 2021 Summer School

7 November 2019
Today, International Day of Medical Physics, the Mayneord Phillips Educational Programme launches its 2021 Summer School. The theme will be Advances in Solid State Detectors for Early Diagnosis.

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Applications open for Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

1 November 2019
The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, which aims to encourage greater diversity in physics, is now open for applications.

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IOP announces winners of Teachers of Physics Awards 2019

29 October 2019
Returning for its 33rd year, our Teachers of Physics awards celebrate the achievements of teachers in raising the profile of physics and science in schools across the UK.

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First ever winners of Institute of Physics Technician Awards announced

23 October 2019
Five winners in four categories - secondary school; further education and higher education; business and/or facilities and team - are the first technicians to be recognised by the IOP.

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IOP announces 2019 Business Awards winners

16 October 2019
Institute of Physics recognises innovation and entrepreneurship of physics-based businesses.

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IOP President, Jonathan Flint CBE, outlines his aspirations as he takes office

10 October 2019
As he begins his tenure as President of the IOP, Jonathan Flint CBE speaks about his aspirations for the next two years.

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2019 Physics Nobel laureates: James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz

IOP congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics winners

8 October 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO at the Institute of Physics, congratulates the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics.

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New IOP President, Jonathan Flint CBE, begins his term

1 October 2019
Jonathan Flint CBE today begins his tenure as President of the Institute of Physics. He has been President-elect since October 2017 and will now serve for two years as President.

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IOP comment on Balance and Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Spending report

12 September 2019

The IOP welcomes the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on the balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending and echoes many of its recommendations.

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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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Institute of Physics response to the 2019 Spending Round

4 September 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, CEO of the Institute of Physics, comments on the 2019 Spending Round.

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IOP welcomes four new Honorary Fellows

29 August 2019
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Dame Sue Ion, Professor Ian Munro and Professor Donna Strickland join the list of esteemed physicists to have received the highest honour that the Institute of Physics can bestow.

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Institute of Physics response to the proposed fast-track visa route

9 August 2019
Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive Officer of the IOP, has responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday of a proposed restructuring of immigration rules.

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The Institute of Physics announces ambitious new strategy and £10 million challenge fund

17 July 2019
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced an ambitious new strategy to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics eco-system that will contribute to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

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Call for the next Prime Minister to back R&D

27 June 2019
In an unprecedented joint statement, a coalition representing some of the UK’s leading businesses, minds, universities and charities, including the Institute of Physics, is calling on the next Prime Minister to put research and innovation at the heart of their plan for UK prosperity, post-Brexit. 

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Scientists must create culture of tolerance to improve LGBT+ retention

26 June 2019
Along with our counterparts at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society, the IOP recently reached out to the LGBT+ community working in science to ask about the working culture from their perspective. The results are published today.

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Robin James receives one of the 2018 Primary Science Teacher Awards.

IOP at the Primary Science Teacher Awards

24 June 2019
The Institute of Physics was proud to endorse two awards as part of the 2018 Primary Science Teacher Awards, which were presented at the Celebration Dinner at Dynamic Earth as part of the Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC 2019).

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Government invests £153 million in UK’s quantum technologies

14 June 2019
Government has today announced it will invest £153 million into the National Quantum Technologies Programme. Institute of Physics CEO, Professor Paul Hardaker, said: “This funding sends a very positive message about the UK’s commitment to the quantum programme and the many benefits which will come from this."

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IOP members receive Queen’s birthday honours

14 June 2019
Seven Institute of Physics members have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. 

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IOP celebrates launch of Technician Commitment action plan

13 June 2019
Today the IOP celebrates becoming the first official supporter of the Technician Commitment outside of the higher education sector coupled with the launch of its Technician Commitment action plan.

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IOP Head of Education Charles Tracy met with others at Science and the Assembly.

IOP at Science and the Assembly 2019

7 June 2019
This week’s Science and the Assembly event in Cardiff once again brought together scientists, politicians and science educators from schools colleges and HEIs, to share experiences, good practice and recommendations for teaching and curriculum development. 

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Explore measurement with the IOP

14 May 2019
When we measure something, it is in units like metres, kilograms or seconds and these units are fixed. At least they are since a 2018 vote to define the last remaining unstable units – the kilogram, kelvin, ampere and mole – by fundamental constants of nature.

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Physics and world intellectual property day

26 April 2019
26 April is world intellectual property day. But what does intellectual property have to do with physics?

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Meeting rooms available at the IOP Accelerator Centre

IOP Accelerator workspace now open for business

26 April 2019
IOP Accelerator offers 1,000 square feet of co-working and private office space in our brand new building in the heart of King’s Cross and London’s Knowledge Quarter.

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A black hole and its shadow-like ring is surrounded by a glowing disc of gas.

Astronomers capture first images of a black hole

11 April 2019
On April 10 2019, astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever image of a black hole.

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Max Born Medal and Prize for 2019 goes to Professor Michael Coey

3 April 2019
Emeritus Professor Michael Coey has been awarded the 2019 Max Born Medal and Prize. 

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IOP and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launch new fund to encourage greater diversity in physics

19 March 2019
The IOP and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell have launched a new PhD scholarship fund to encourage greater diversity in physics.

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Open for business

11 March 2019
Members of the UK industrial physics community gathered at the IOP’s London headquarters on Tuesday, 26 February for the inaugural Business Innovation and Growth Conference. 

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In support of Open Science: IOP responds to the ongoing debate over Science Europe’s Plan S

15 February 2019
Plan S, an initiative that aims rapidly to accelerate the transition to open access scientific publishing, was launched by Science Europe in September 2018.  

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Introducing the “I am a physicist” challenge

15 February 2019
We’ve teamed up with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire to launch a new “I am a physicist” challenge and badge for would-be physicists.

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