The Institute of Physics Strategy 2015–19

Times change, and any organisation that wants to stay relevant and effective must change with them. In many respects, the landscape is better for physics now than it was when we launched our previous strategy. 


2014’s Research Excellence Framework has demonstrated the high quality and large impact of physics research; frequent appearances on TV demonstrate how popular the field has become among the public; and numbers of A-level students are once again on the up after a previous lengthy decline. 

In other areas we face more challenges, with, for example, pressure on government funding that the economic environment has created and the potential threat this poses to research budgets. 

There is also the imperative for such investments to be seen to pay back. Such changes require us to refine the work that we do at the Institute of Physics (IOP) in order to have the greatest impact for physics, while ensuring that physics delivers on its potential to benefit society. 

This booklet sets out the new strategy through which we will strive to achieve our goals over the five years from 2015 to 2019, dividing our activities into five themes: Education, Economy, Society, Discovery and Community. 

To deliver this strategy, we must remain a trusted and respected organisation, and one with which people will want to work. We will not, however, be able to do it alone.  We will continue to rely heavily on our committed and engaged membership community, and we will need to significantly grow and develop our strategic partnerships. 

We will be an organisation that is easy to work with and that others look to collaborate with because of the value we deliver. We will work to rationalise and bring communities together to help focus often-limited resources and to achieve more through a joined-up approach to the things that we and our partners want to achieve. 

By the end of the period over which this strategy applies, we will once again inevitably have to adapt to changes in the external environment. We hope that, through the efforts outlined here, we will find it an even better climate for physics than the one we enjoy today. 

Chief Executive of the Institute Professor Paul Hardaker and former President of the Institute Dr Frances Saunders