Scientists show that you can go far with physics

9 December 2014

A packed room of guests enjoyed an evening at the Scottish Parliament on 3 December that highlighted the varied careers that physicists have.

Scientists show that you can go far with physics

At the event, organised by the IOP and sponsored by Iain Gray MSP, professors Sheila Rowan and Des Gibson talked about their journeys through their physics careers. Both emphasised that their enthusiasm for the subject and the flexibility afforded to them by physics training was key to allowing them to make excellent opportunities come to life.

Avril Manners, director of the Graduate School of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, highlighted some of the key findings from Physics in Scotland: the brightest minds go further. The report was based on a survey of more than 1100 physics graduates from Scottish Universities and published by the IOP in November.

A panel debate emphasised the benefits of gaining qualifications in physics, but highlighted the need to continue to encourage people to study the subject.

The event was also an occation for celebrating Glasgow’s Gas Sensing Solutions winning an IOP Innovation Award.

Electronic copies of Physics in Scotland: the brightest minds go further can be found here: A copy of the Physics in the Scottish Economy report is here:

If you would like hard copies of these reports, please get in touch with Alison McLure, the IOP’s national officer (Scotland) at the Institute of Physics, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ, telephone: 0791 785 5940 or email

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