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Awards evening celebrates the physicists of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Yesterday evening (19 November), 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.


Paul Hardaker giving a speech at a podium at the IOP Awards dinner 2020
IOP CEO Professor Paul Hardaker

The IOP Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in physics and by physicists across the UK and Ireland, rewarding those whose work has been, and continues to be, so important in developing physics as a discipline, broadening our understanding of our world and engaging the next generation of scientists.

Celebrating the achievements of physics teachers, researchers, business innovators, and – for the first time – technicians, the newly-inaugurated President, also paid tribute to the many IOP members who volunteer so much of their time and described his hopes and aspirations for his presidency.

Fiona Dorrington, IOP diversity officer, and Dr Alexandra Amon, astrophysicist and Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize runner-up, read the citations for each winner. 

The event took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel where prize- and medal-winners, new honorary fellows and guests enjoyed an elegant evening of deserved recognition.

The event also saw the launch of the IOP’s 100th anniversary year celebrations and the audience heard about our 100 year celebrations and our plans for the year. 

As the evening drew to a close, Paul once again took to the stage to extend thanks to all involved and impart some exciting news about next year’s awards.

In 2019 the IOP introduced a new Technician’s Award, and in 2020 we will be introducing a further two award categories, to recognise the contribution of apprentices and employers of apprentices.

In addition, the 2020 IOP Awards ceremony will move to a new location and will take place in the summer. Nominations are now open and the closing date is Monday 13 January 2020.

If you know someone whose contribution to physics should be recognised with an IOP award, nominate them.

Read more about this year’s Juno Champions, the 2019 winners  of the Bronze Early Career Awards, the Silver Subject Medals, Gold Medals and Isaac Newton Medal and Prize, the Phillips Award, International Bilateral Awards, Honorary Fellowships and the Technicians, Teachers and  Business Awards.

Rachel Youngman at the podium of the 2019 IOP Awards dinner
IOP deputy CEO Rachel Youngman