Printing and Graphics Science 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 promote the application of physics in printing and graphics technologies. 

The UK is a world leader in printing and graphics. Our objectives are to promote:

  • the application of physics in graphics arts technology, printing, packaging and papermaking
  • the development of innovative printing in new markets such as displays, lighting and printed electronics
  • recognition of the importance of physics in those industries, and to promote physics in these industries as a career choice to graduates
  • forums for communication in the scientific community in our industries

Research in printing and graphics technologies is multi-disciplinary. It can be carried out by scientists who may not have physics as a primary discipline in environments where physics is not the focus. Our activities are aimed at a wider community engaged with the development and application of physics.

What the group does

We have strong links with Institute groups in related subjects like:

  • tribology
  • polymer physics
  • engineering physics
  • materials and characterisation
  • ion and plasma surface interactions
  • liquids and complex fluids

We are interested in the manufacture and properties of paper as a key substrate for printing, and in the physics of packaging. Our interests also include:

  • inkjet
  • colour
  • physics
  • science
  • printing
  • bioprinting
  • 3D printing
  • photovoltaics
  • visual displays
  • smart packaging
  • flexible electronics
  • printed electronics
  • visual psychophysics
  • electro-optic materials
  • graphic arts technology/science

We bring together scientists working in industry, academy and elsewhere, and develop links with professional societies like:

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Group physics prize

Printing and Graphics Science Group Student Presentation Prize

This prize is for the best oral and poster presentation at our annual student conference.

Find out more about the Printing and Graphics Science Group Student Presentation Prize, including previous winners.

    Physics resources

    Download the conference report (PDF, 64KB)  by group member Tom Mitchell-Williams who was supported to apply for funding from the IOP’s Research Student Conference Fund to attend the 50th anniversary Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) in Denver, Colorado. 

    Group events

    Find group events on the IOP events site.

    Newsletter

    2019 (PDF, 927KB)
    2018 (PDF, 552KB)
    2017 (PDF, 1.4MB)
    2016 (PDF, 423KB)
    2015 (PDF, 872KB)
    2014 (PDF, 649KB)

    Useful links

    Facebook page 
    LinkedIn group  

    Committee and contacts

    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