Medical 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

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the medical applications of physics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We promote physical science and support scientists interested in medical physics who are working in:

  • industry
  • academia
  • healthcare

We keep physicists briefed on the latest developments in applied technologies. We campaign for training and support for our members in their careers, including at the early stages.

What the group does

We promote all areas of physics with potential for medical applications and foster the exchange of ideas and collaboration between academia, healthcare and industry to address a wide range of medical challenges.

We focus on the whole range of physics and engineering technologies applied to:

  • diagnostics
  • treatment
  • intervention
  • healthcare research
  • personalised medicine
  • computational modelling
  • big data in the healthcare industry
  • techniques for the development of pharmaceuticals

We are involved in training and promote early career development through:

  • mentoring
  • networking
  • membership
  • group committee
  • signposting of funding
  • promoting a skills hub to help facilitate suitable training opportunities at industrial, academic and clinical centres

Our engagement activities

We actively encourage:

  • relationships with interested professional and learned bodies
  • engagement with the industrial community by invitations to events and meetings
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Group physics prize

Medical Physics Group PhD Prize 2020

This is an annual prize for an outstanding thesis.

Find out more about the Medical Physics Group PhD Prize, including the 2019 winner.

Physics resources 

Our officers recommend applicants for the IOP Research Student Conference Fund and IOP Early Career Researcher Fund to support them to attend medical physics conferences. 

IOP member presenting at a conference

Early Career Researchers Fund

For researchers at the start of their careers to attend international meetings and facilities. 

Find out more about the fund
IOP member presenting at a conference

Research Student Conference Fund

Financial support for PhD research students to attend international and major national meetings.

Find out more about the fund

Group events 

Find group events on the IOP events site.


Physics publications

Useful links 

Presentations from the meeting on Up-and-Coming Techniques in Medical Physics Translated into Clinical Practices (IOP December 2015):

Presentations from the meeting on Up-and-Coming Techniques in Medical Physics Translated into Clinical Practices (IOP December 2014):

The Lancet: Physics and Medicine, April 2012:

The articles in The Lancet are given context by former IOP President Peter Knight’s paper below, published in The Lancet on 21 April 2012 (Volume 379 Issue 9825 Pages 1463-1464 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60603-5) 

Committee and contacts

We report annually on our activities to the IOP Groups Committee and review our terms of reference.