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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.

Unlocking capability

We want to ensure that the UK and Ireland are able to realise the full societal and economic benefits of the new industrial era.

Public dialogue

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.

1 SPECIALIST PHYSICS TEACHERS

Every secondary school pupil in the UK and Ireland will have access to a specialist physics teacher.

Specialist physics teachers

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
Climate protest

6 MEANINGFUL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

10% of the population will have a meaningful engagement with a physics-based public event and 1% will have sustained contact with physics.

Meaningful public engagement