People’s drive to solve global challenges should be supported, not limited or denied. It’s not only a matter of fairness – greater diversity will also improve physics.
Physics touches every aspect of our lives. It enables our understanding of the universe and the natural world – and much of today’s and tomorrow’s technology rely on this fundamental knowledge.
As an engine for discovery and innovation, physics makes a significant economic contribution across all sectors, drives growth and creates highly skilled jobs resulting in long-term economic growth and prosperity.
It is vital that young people, whatever their background or wherever they live, have access to the high quality specialist physics teaching and training opportunities they need in order to fulfil their potential with physics.
Three challenges, six aspirations
Our strategy identifies three key challenges that present the greatest barriers to unlocking the potential of physics and its impact in society. As we deliver our strategy and move further towards achieving our six aspirations we will use these pages to bring to life the impact of our work and hear the voices of those involved, including partners, IOP members and the public.
Diversity and skills
We want to build a thriving, diverse physics community and play our part in solving the STEM skills shortage by ensuring that people, no matter their background or where they live, have access to world-class physics education and training.
We want to ensure that the UK and Ireland are able to realise the full societal and economic benefits of the new industrial era.
We want to show the impact of physics on people’s lives, enabling informed public debate about funding and policy in areas including healthcare, climate change and cybersecurity.
2 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Girls will make up at least 30% of those taking physics at age 16-19 and there will be double the current number of young people from black and minority ethnic and lower socio-economic backgrounds.Diversity and inclusion
3 FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
There will be clear roadmaps and funding commitments from the UK and Irish Governments that propel research and development investment towards the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 2.4% of gross domestic product.Funding for research and development
4 TECHNICAL ROLES AND APPRENTICESHIPS
Double the current number of people will be employed in technical roles in physics-based and engineering businesses and the number of those on physics-based science apprenticeships will have increased by a factor of 100.Technical roles and apprenticeships
5 ACCESS TO RESEARCH
Our publishing services to the worldwide physics community will have further improved such that the number of scientists publishing their research in our journals will grow by 25%.Access to research