Schools' Physicist of the Year Awards

Thursday 27 June 2019, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

This event is open to year 10 and year 12 students and is by teacher nomination only. All award winners will receive a £25 book token. Teachers are asked to select a student they wish to nominate for each year group. Nomination forms are available to teachers by emailing:


Join us for pizza and cupcakes

Student award winners arrive with families and teachers

Enjoy the opportunity to explore the Department of Physics teaching labs:  experiment with liquid nitrogen, see high-voltage demonstrations, and find out more about studying Physics at degree level.  


Presentation of awards and prizes

Professor Kieran Gibson (Head of the Department of Physics, University of York)

Keynote Lecture: The Physics of Life

Join Dr Steve Quinn to find out how we can unveil the molecular mechanisms that underpin Alzheimer's disease. Steve will describe some of the new imaging techniques and tools that researchers are now using, and showcase how these are being used to more effectively and efficiently develop the next-generation of therapies to help Alzheimer sufferers. This cutting-edge science combines techniques from biology, chemistry, optics and spectroscopy to enable us to understand how biological molecules function and, importantly, how they trigger disease. 

Steve is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of York. His research focuses on biophysics and bioengineering, in particular the development of new optical microscopy methods used to study single molecules. 


Photographs of winners with their certificates. Optional photos of award winners with their families


(Optional) Visit to the University Observatory (Astrocampus)

Tour the site and find out about the University’s telescopes, or get involved with hands-on activities related to Astronomy and space-science.


   ‌Ogden trust logo

The awards are part of a national scheme run and funded by the Ogden Trust, a charitable trust that exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics.


Further Information

Travel and transport information is available here



Dress Code

Suggested dress code is smart casual. No school uniforms please.



Past Events

Details of previous years' awards are available on our past events page.