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    International Day of Medical Physics

    To raise awareness of our profession, the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) will celebrate this year, on November 7, the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP). On that day in 1867, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland. The theme of IDMP 2013 is ‘Radiation Exposure from Medical Procedures: Ask the Medical Physicist!’ This is an excellent opportunity to promote the role of medical physicists in the worldwide medical scene. All regional and national organizations are requested to inform their members, announce the IDMP on their websites, publish articles in press and organize activities such as lectures open to the general public and press appearances.  

    We encourage you to promote the facebook page and twitter profile through existing personal and/or professional social media channels. Posters for the IDMP can be downloaded in printable format. IOMP is planning to enrich the IDMP webpage with material to raise awareness about our profession, information on the role and responsibilities of medical physicists and a list of activities being organized by regional and national member organizations. Please send us short reports on your plans associated with IDMP, photos, videos and any other material to be uploaded on the website.

    Help us interconnect colleagues worldwide and encourage them to become fully involved in activities focused on raising awareness of our profession. For any information, comments or suggestions please contact the chairman of the IOMP education and training committee, prof. John Damilakis (



    Ideas needed for Science Council top tens

    The Science Council is 10 years old this year and in celebration of this anniversary they will be compiling throughout the year lists of ‘Tens’ which they will publicise.  The ideas are a way of showcasing the innovative and progressive thinking of members on a range of topics like careers information and public engagement as well as focusing on more light hearted ideas.

    The central idea is to pull together a list of 10 top scientists in each of the Ten types of scientist’ categories to showcase the wide range jobs and careers available from studying science. This will be a competition judged by a panel and chaired by the Science Council President Sir Tom Blundell. Members are invited to nominate individuals for these categories by the end of June 2013. If you have any ideas, please send them along to  

    They are also looking for suggestions for their other top tens:

    • 10 science press/web ‘howlers
    • 10 outdoor/home-made science activities for the summer holidays
    • 10 top tips for university leavers pursuing a science career
    • 10 top science careers websites each for children and for school leavers
    • 10 top science jokes
    • 10 Year Science Council Timeline
    • 10 ‘hidden’ women in science 
    • 10 top tips for students applying to university

    If you have any ideas or suggestions please send them along to



    I'm a scientist, get me out of here!

    IPEM is a sponsor of "I'm a scientist get me out of here". At this online event, participating schools can ask the scientists questions, have live chats with them and eventually vote for their favourite one. 

    It ran from the 11 - 22 March 2013. A snapshot of the Medical Physicists who took part can be viewed online.  The winner was Leila Nichol from the Royal Surrey Hospital and she has won £500 to spend on an outreach project of her choice.

    Important Information

    Please be aware that you will not be able to access the Members & Conference site. These will be unavailable due to a system upgrade from 4.30 pm Tuesday 17th June until Friday 20th June. You may experience some downtime, so please try again on Friday. 

    Thank you for your patience.

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