Environmental Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

About the group

    Environmental physics is the application of the principles of physics to the natural environment. As a special interest, member-driven group, our members are drawn from sectors of the physics community as diverse as geomagnetism and agriculture. 

    Physics cannot be considered in isolation when considering environmental problems. It does, however, play a pivotal role to:

    • local and global monitoring
    • understanding the world we live in
    • recognising our effect on the planet

    What the group does

    Our role is to:

    • promote physics in the environmental sciences
    • provide a forum for the discussion of physics as it applies to the environment
    • encourage the development and application of physical methods to environmental research
    • promote the education and training of physicists in the environmental sciences through meetings and contacts with educationalists at all levels
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    Group physics competition

    Our annual essay competition recognises excellence in communicating the significance, value and rewards of engaging with environmental physics. 

    Find out more about the annual essay competition, including previous winners.

    Group events

    Find group events on the IOP events site or in our current newsletter (PDF, 534KB).


    May 2019 (PDF, 534KB)
    January 2018 (PDF, 579KB)
    February 2017 (PDF, 7.81MB)
    Summer 2014 (PDF, 12,241KB)
    Spring 2014 (PDF, 0.98MB)
    Summer 2013 (PDF, 965KB)
    Spring 2013 (PDF, 965KB)
    Autumn 2012 (PDF, 720KB)
    Spring 2012 (PDF, 580KB)

    Committee and contacts

    Chair: Dr Hugh Deighton hugh@deighton.info