The deadline for nominations for this year’s IOP awards is fast approaching.
These are the biggest celebrations of physics in the UK and Ireland – and not just of physicists, but by physicists.
And it’s that which makes these awards so special. They’re not bestowed from on high by some remote organisation. The IOP may be the means through which the awards can happen, but, at their core, they’re recognition by the physics community of excellence among its own
Winners are nominated by their peers, chosen from among those nominees by a committee of physicists that we help to constitute, announced to the wider world of physics through the IOP website and members’ newsletter, and given their prizes at our annual black-tie dinner bringing together the greatest and brightest in celebration of the very best of physics.
They cut across the whole spectrum of physics, too – not just in terms of area, reflecting the breadth of work in academia, industry, education and outreach – but also in career stage.
The early-career medals recognise exceptional contributions from physicists within six years of completing a PhD, or ten years of starting their first job where physics research or application is their main function.
The subject medals are for high-level contributions to research, education and outreach.
The gold medals reward outstanding and sustained contributions to physics by a person of international reputation.
And the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize, the IOP’s international award, is made for world-leading contributions to physics.
Whatever the level, the IOP awards stand as a mark of excellence, signifying to potential future employers, funders or investors that recipients are among the top people in their field.
There’s not long left to enter this year’s awards, so, if you know someone deserving of this kind of recognition – get nominating.
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