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Prize objectives and scope

The IOP Physics Communicators Group invites applications from people at the start of their careers in physics who have undertaken activities that support and encourage excellent communication of physics. The prize is called ‘The Early Career Physics Communicator Award’, and is offered annually.


Applicants do not need to be a member of the IOP but must be resident in the UK or Eire and either within five years of a first degree in physics (Bachelor’s or Master’s) or currently engaged in postgraduate study in physics.

The Prize

The winner of the 2017 IOP Physics Communicators Group award will receive £250 and an award certificate at an event to be held on 24th November 2017. As well as providing recognition of the winner's work, the process will also facilitate networking opportunities for all shortlisted finalists.


Applicants need to submit a report of their communication activities, which should be no more than 1500 words long.

The report should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV and include:

• Brief details of their academic physics work or study;
• Evidence of exceptional communication activities undertaken to encourage others in physics' appreciation or the general understanding of physics;
• Communication activities to be considered include: websites, books, magazines, and newspaper articles; video, film, and broadcasting; lecturing; museum presentation and exhibit design; and other public outreach activities, on local, national, and/or international scale;
• The names and contact details of two referees with close knowledge of the applicant's work and/or their communication activities. Referees will only be contacted for the shortlisted finalists.

The application submission deadline for the 2017 prize is Monday 2nd October. Submissions need to be sent to the Physics Communicators Group Chair, Dr David Smith at, using the official entry form.

Please note:
• Applicants must be available to attend the award event in person if shortlisted;
• Shortlisted applicants will be expected to give a presentation demonstrating their physics communication methods (of no more than 10 minutes duration) at the award event after which the winner will be announced;
• Shortlisted applicants must be prepared to be interviewed by the IOP and appear on IOP websites and within IOP publications;
• Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide an article for inclusion in a future Physics Communicators Group newsletter;
• Any person wishing to nominate another for the award must enclose the written consent of the nominee.

Previous award winners

For information about our 2016 award event and to find out more about our 2016 winner, Niamh Kavanagh. Read the news article

For information about the other 2016 finalists and previous years' award events please read IOP's Physics Communicators Group newsletters available in the Newsletter section of this web site. Relevant Newsletters can be found in the archive section of the IOP website in the first issues after each November award event.