The Physical Society of London was founded in 1874 and the Institute of Physics in 1919. The two organisations merged in 1960, retaining the name of the Institute of Physics (IOP), to form the National Physical Society for the UK and Ireland. IOP is therefore one of the few such organisations that is both a learned society and professional body for Physics. The result is that IOP has a diverse and wide-ranging programme of activities that covers physics in school education, in universities, in business and in evidence-based Government policy.
The IOP also has an international science publishing business that is one of the largest learned society publishing portfolios in the world. The talk will give an overview of the work IOP is doing to address the shortage of physics teachers in schools, how we are working to bring about more diversity in our physics community, our work to engage the public on the impact of physics in society, our open innovation programme connecting businesses and academia, and a new professional accreditation programme for physics technician and apprentices.
The talk will also introduce Physics2020, a project to map the landscape of UK and Irish physics and developing a series of roadmaps that will encourage investment in research and innovation funding from both Government and Industry.