Public engagement

IPEM works to raise awareness and understanding of medical physics and biomedical engineering and to encourage dialogue between our profession, patients and the public. 

Radioactivity event at the Big Bang Fair

Most of our outreach work is delivered by our members, who volunteer their own time to take part in careers fairs, hospital open days, schools talks or other events. To help them, we provide outreach advice and ready-made activities.  

We regularly contribute to national events, such as the Big Bang Fair,  and “I’m a scientist, get me out of here” which are held in March every year.

IPEM also provides schools resources and support for various key stages, as well as careers information for school pupils and university students.

If you would like to get involved with IPEM's outreach programme please contact 


Public lectures

IPEM helps to organise and support public lectures on medical physics and biomedical engineering topics. These are held around the country, in collaboration with other outreach organisations.  


  27 February 2018

Professor Anthony Barker, University of Sheffield
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - Reaching The Parts Other Stimulators Cannot Reach

Yorkshire Philosophical Society's Lecture Series 
 Past lectures in 2017
   29 October 2017

Professor Mark Tooley, IPEM President
From AI To Big Data: Can Technology Save the NHS? 

Battle of Ideas 

The Barbican, London

   16 June 2017

Professor David Howard, Head of Electronic Engineering, Royal Holloway University of London
The Story of Human Speech and Hearing

York Festival of Ideas

28 February 2017

Jenny Marsden, Principal Clinical Scientist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

University of York Physics Society

 Past lectures in 2016

 3 September 2016

Jenny Marsden,Principal Clinical Scientist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

Radiotherapy Physics! Find out how scientists use X-rays to target cancer cells and cure patients

SoapboxScience Hull


8 June 2016


Public lecture: Professor Anthony Barker, Sheffield
York Festival of Ideas

   2 March 2016

Professor David Brettle

Current and future advances in Medical Physics and Engineering

Ebor Probus Club



12 January 2016

Professor Wendy Tindale

Devices for Dignity : Innovative medical technologies across the age spectrum

York Philosophical Society's Lecture Series

If you would like IPEM to provide a public talk on a subject related to medical physics or biomedical engineering, please contact


International Days of Medical Physics and Radiology

  The International Day of Medical Physics (7 November) marks the birth of Marie Curie, 

  whilst the 

  International Day of Radiology (8 November) marks the anniversary of Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays. 

Global Clinical Engineers Day

This event, which takes place every year on the 21 October, recognises the contribution of clinical engineers.  

Every year there are a number of events and activities that take place around the world.  To see the list of activities please click here

Other activities

Our free publications for the public seek to explain the work of our members and the science that lies behind it.

We also seek to promote the work that our members do and the science behind it via the media.

IPEM supports national organisations that meet our public engagement objectives. In 2016-2017 these are: The Voice of Young Science, the Science Media Centre and the British Society for the History of Radiology.




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