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Supporting members during COVID-19

IOP has been working with members from different parts of our diverse community to make sure we continue to provide support during this period of social distancing.  The requests for support have ranged from providing a single online ‘hub’ for signposting to government advice, support for CPD and resources for teachers. We hope you are finding the resources useful and if you have ideas for more ways in which we can support you during this period please do let us know.

Doing events differently  

Since the decision was made to postpone IOP’s physical events until the end of September, you have asked IOP how we can support access to knowledge and networking opportunities that are normally provided through the events - from talks, to panel discussions and conferences – that are organised by our National Committees, Branches and Special Interest Groups.  In the normal course of a year, our members organise more than 150 events - and we want to make sure that an exciting programme of events is able to continue.

Our new webinar series will include talks for the physics community by physicists and we are also developing a series of online events and conferences led by our Special Interest Groups. We will be announcing events via our COVID-19 members’ hub, and via our member e-newsletter and social media.

Quote from Rachel Youngman, IOP Deputy Chief Executive:

“Two months ago few of us would have imagined that so much would change so quickly. We are incredibly grateful to our members who have been quick to respond with suggestions of the type of support we can provide to help you all stay connected.  The new Physics talks for the physics community webinar series is just one of the new initiatives we are introducing, and we hope that it will be an excellent way to keep in touch.

“We have speakers lined up for May and we will also be working with our Groups to enable a programme of online Group-led events to be delivered. With your help, I am looking forward to seeing how this programme develops”.  

The webinar series launched on Tuesday 19 May with a talk by Tim Tinsley, National Nuclear Laboratory, entitled "Space Batteries."  Find out more and register for events – new events will continue to be added, so please do keep checking back.

If you have an idea for an event or have any questions about this webinar series, please email

Find out more about online conferences and support for Special Interest Groups (Groups)

Find out more about virtual ‘physics talks’ for members and supporting Nations and Branches