Business and innovation

Business Innovation and Growth Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  


About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we support individuals and businesses of all sizes, as well as entrepreneurs from the physics community who take ideas to market. Membership of our group supports you and your organisation to be:

  • innovative
  • knowledgeable
  • effective 

What the group does

Our group gives you opportunities for: 

  • physics networking
  • profiling and B2B development 
  • knowledge exchange events to support industry/academia collaborations
  • business support, finance and affordable workspace
  • accessing our business hub and resources 

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Group prizes

IOP Business Awards

Our business awards recognise the significant contribution of physicists and physics to industry across all sectors – from start-ups to multi-national corporations.

  • Business Innovation Award
  • Business Start-Up Award

We also have three awards for individuals in business 

  • Katherine Burr-Blodgett Medal and Prize
  • Denis Gabor Medal and Prize
  • Clifford Paterson Medal and Prize

Learn more about our business awards 

Email: [email protected]

Annual conference

Business Innovation and Growth Conference     

You will have opportunities to:

  • attend workshops
  • network at our early morning drinks reception
  • meet speakers, members and fellows
  • gain insights from presentations
  • hear from the winners of this year's IOP Business innovation awards

Find out how to:

  • access global markets
  • navigate the innovation landscape
  • junk the jargon
  • meet the press
  • access finance

Connect to physics, business, skills and funding and hear how small, medium and large businesses have:

  • pioneered physics-based innovations
  • opened up markets
  • created growth

Learn more and register for the Business Innovation and Growth Conference  
Email: [email protected]
Direct tel: +44 (0)20 7470 4840

Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site.

Useful links

Find out more on our business hub

Committee and contacts 

Chair Dr John Bagshaw, CEng CPhys FInstP
Secretary Dr Jonathan Helliwell, MInstP
Treasurer Mr Michael Valente, FInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Paul Beasley, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Richard Bray, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Allan Colquhoun, FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Richard Corken, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Jonathan Griffiths
rdinary Member Ms Margaret Harris
Ordinary Member Dr Anke Lohmann, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Hugh Mortimer, MInstP
Member Mr Oliver Nailard
Ordinary Member Ms Wendy Sadler, MBE FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Marek Scibor-Rylski, CPhys MInstP