About us

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications.

In September 2013, we launched our first fundraising campaign.  Our campaign,Opportunity Physics, offers you the chance to support the work that we do. 

Since our foundation 130 years ago, we have developed a strong role in support of the science community by:

  • providing valuable services for our members
  • advising government and industry to help to secure the future for physics and related disciplines
  • supporting teachers and students in the physical sciences
  • raising awareness of the importance and relevance of physics in our everyday lives.

The Institute’s headquarters are located at 76 Portland Place, London. Our building provides members with access to a range of professional meeting and conference facilities run by IOP Enterprises. Our publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a global leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of high-quality research.