A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


The Institute of Physics:
promoting physics
supporting physicists

The Institute of Physics is the professional body for physicists in the UK and Ireland, with a strong role in promoting innovation within physics and supporting physics-based industry. With more than 34,000 members who work in all sectors of the economy, the Institute occupies a unique position, able to represent and support physics across industry, universities and schools

Physics research is an international process and the free movement of ideas and people are integral to pushing the boundaries of our knowledge. To promote physics and business education internationally, the Institute works with national physical societies and bodies, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and the International Association of Physics Students. We have recently been involved with programmes as diverse as a Girls in Science camp in Zanzibar and a workshop on entrepreneurship in Pune, India.

The Institute is also a world leader in physics publishing, producing an extensive range of journals covering all aspects of the discipline, many supported by specialist websites.

Physics research drives inovation in the UK

The Institute works with businesses, universities, governments and funding bodies to ensure that the UK remains a leader in innovation and scientific research. Through national and regional representatives, the Institute has extensive contacts within university physics departments across the whole of the UK and works to promote knowledge exchange between academia and industry. We are able to use these contacts to connect businesses of all sizes with cutting-edge research at a local or national level, assisting them in making the most of their innovations in bringing new knowledge to the marketplace. We operate more than 50 subject groups and divisions which bring together specialists from many disciplines though meetings and conferences aimed at pushing the limits of scientific research.

Physics-trained people deliver inovation

Successful innovation and inventive busineses depend on access to a pool of highly trained and skilled workers who are able to thrive in the modern business environment. Physics training produces people who are expert in problem solving and working with abstract concepts, as well as encouraging a keen understanding of the practical aspects of innovation. We work to highlight the contributions that physics graduates make to a wide range of industries and our annual careers fairs and promotional events mean we are the place to come to recruit physics graduates. Additionally, we are the only body able to award the status of Chartered Physicist, an official, internationally recognised mark of professional achievement and professional attitude.

Raising awareness of the excitement of physics

The Institute works both with government and independently to raise the number of people taking physics A-levels, and strives to increase the number of students studying for physics degrees. Through our outreach programmes, such as the award-winning Lab in a Lorry, we bring engaging and exciting physics to school children and the public at large, sparking interest and increasing awareness.

Corporate Affiliates Network

The Institute?s Corporate Affiliates Network is central to our work with innovation and with business. The Network brings together businesses that depend on physics-trained staff and physics knowledge, ranging from the financial and legal sectors to the defence and nuclear power industries.

Through business events and online networks our member companies extend their reach, increase their influence and benefit from being part of a strong and dynamic community. The Institute is also highly proactive in representing the views and interests of physics and physics-based business to government and other agencies, and as part of the dialogue produced through the Network, we work with businesses to help them articulate their skills needs to government.

Through a programme of briefing events we bring physics-based business together with influential figures such as government ministers and senior policy makers to discuss relevant and topical issues. Recent examples have been the role of physics in UK technology strategy, the technologies and opportunities in the field of low-carbon cars and the new science and innovation agenda. To accompany these events, we produce reports and publications emphasising the impact of physics and monitoring the health of physics-based industry in the UK. Additionally, we work closely with the Technology Strategy Board?s Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network, working to emphasise and promote the essential role of physics in innovation.

Physics underpins the innovation economy, and the Institute of Physics works with physicists and businesses that depend on physics to ensure that they are supported and their voices are heard.

For more information on
The Institute of Physics
and our activities in this area, contact
Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive
Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7470 4800
Fax: +44 (0)20 7470 4848