IOP Astroparticle Physics Group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we recognise the need for distinct UK representation in this rapidly expanding field.

Astroparticle physics is multidisciplinary and topics include:

  • direct and indirect detection of dark matter
  • cosmic ray physics
  • neutrinoless double beta decay
  • cosmological neutrinos 
  • nuclear astrophysics
  • neutrino and gamma ray astronomy
  • dark matter

What the group does

Our activities include:

  • acting as a representative forum for discussion and contact to the astroparticle physics community in the UK and Ireland
  • organisation of an annual general meeting for astroparticle physics community
  • producing and circulating a community newsletter
  • providing support for half-day meetings
  • recognition of outstanding work in astroparticle physics, rewarded with bi-annual early-career and thesis prizes

Group prizes and competitions

We have two astrophysics prizes:

  • Our IOP APP  Early Career Prize is awarded on odd years. 
  • Our IOP APP Thesis Prize is awarded on even years.

The prize is £250 and a certificate. 

Find out more about the IOP APP Early Career Prize

Find out more about the IOP APP Thesis Prize

APP of the Day contest winners

This contest showcases the great work being done by astroparticle physics PhD students.

Find out about the APP of the Day contest winners


Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site.


December 2019 (PDF, 6MB)
December 2018 (PDF, 2.2MB)
December 2016 (PDF, 711KB)
January 2014 (PDF, 528KB)

Useful links

Make a nomination for one of our prizes.

Committee and contacts


Dr Teppei Katori, MInstP


Professor Garret Cotter, MInstP


Dr XinRan Liu, MInstP

Ordinary Member

Professor Giles Hammond, FInstP

Ordinary Member

Miss Rebecca Humble

Ordinary Member

Dr Matt Roth, MInstP

Ordinary Member

Dr Paul Scovell

Ordinary Member

Dr Joseph Walding, MInstP

Student Representative

Mr Glen Kiely

Student Representative

Mr Samuel Spencer, MInstP


Abstract Booklet 

Key dates:

Poster abstract submission deadline: 

EXTENDED: 7 June 2021 23:59pm (BST)

Registration deadline:

18 June 2021 23:59pm (BST)

Organised by the IOP Astroparticle Physics Group

Sponsored by Science and Technology Facilities Council