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President's message

New year message from Jonathan Flint CBE FInstP, President of the IOP.


I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year.

This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the IOP as a professional body. We are looking forward to a busy year ahead, as we begin to implement our new strategy, Unlocking the Future.

My fellow trustees and I are keen to meet as many members as possible during the year. This means visiting other parts of the UK and Ireland. Our next Council meeting in February will be in Belfast to coincide with the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

We enter this year with some greater certainty about our future relationship with Europe and the start of trade negotiations. That gives the IOP a strong role to play in helping to shape the UK’s and Ireland’s relationships with both the EU and other nations worldwide.

The IOP represents physics and physicists in the UK and Ireland, but we also support physics globally. This year we are leading work to develop opportunities with key strategic partners in Europe, as well as China, India, the USA and elsewhere.  Please do look out for future bulletins with more information.

The IOP awards celebrate outstanding achievements in physics and by physicists across the UK and Ireland, including researchers, technicians, apprentices, business innovators and teachers. I want to take this opportunity to remind all members that this year's awards have been brought forward to the summer. This means nominations are closing earlier too.

The deadline for nominations is now Monday 13 January. I urge all of you to think about your colleagues and collaborators, and to consider nominating them for an award. All the criteria, and information on the nominations process, are available on the IOP website. Please do hurry to ensure you meet the deadline.

Thank you for watching. On behalf of the Council and the IOP team, best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2020.