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.  


  Date TBC
Proton Beam Therapy

Introduced by Professor Stephen O'Connor, Immediate Past President of IPEM
This lecture brings together leading oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers to discuss all aspects of PBT
Register your place

The lecture is organised by IPEM in conjunction with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College London
  11 November 2021
Technology Challenges in Healthcare

Webinar chair: Dr Michael Powner, Lead for the Centre for Applied Vision Research, City University of London 
Register here

The fourth in a series of free webinars organised by IPEM and City University of London
8 September 2021

Advances in Cancer Care

The Peter Wells Memorial Lecture

A joint online lecture with King's College London

  16 September 2021
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Webinar chair: Dr Eduardo Alonso, Director Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, City University of London
Watch AI in Healthcare 

The third in a series of free webinars organised by IPEM and City University of London 
  17 June 2021
Cyber Security in Healthcare
Webinar chair: Professor Raj Rajarajan, Director for Cyber Security, City University of London 
Watch Cyber Security in Healthcare

The second in a series of free webinars organised by IPEM and City University of London
  18 March 2021
Sensor Technologies in Healthcare
Webinar chair: Professor Stephen O'Connor, IPEM President
Watch Sensor Technologies in Healthcare

The first in a series of free webinars organised by IPEM and City University of London
 Past lectures in 2020    
  9 December 2020
The ups and downs of machine learning for prosthetic control
Dr Kia Nazarpour, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh 

The Peter Wells Memorial Lecture

A joint webinar organised by IPEM, IET and iMechE
Past lectures in 2019     
  12 November 2019
Artificial Intelligence & Medical Physics Open Lecture
A joint lecture organised by IPEM and King's College London

Register here

  2 May 2019

Professor Molly Stevens, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London
Designing materials to heal the body and detect disease earlier

The Peter Wells Memorial Lecture

A joint public lecture organised by IPEM, IET and IMechE

IMechE, London

 Past lectures in 2018    

28 November 2018

Professor Robert Speller, Joel Professor of Physics Applied to Medicine, University College London

A Brief History of My Time - from Space Science to Radiation Physics
UCL Events



15 September 2018

Dr Heather Williams, Principal Medical Physicist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Physics Gets to the Heart of the Matter
Hull Science Festival



11 September 2018

Professor Andy Beavis, Head of Radiation Physics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Jenny Marsden, Higher Principal Physicist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Craig Moore, Clinical Scientist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Imaging a brighter future for cancer care
British Science Festival


16 June 2018

Dr Tim Adlam, Senior Engineer at Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Designability, a research and development charity

Artificial Intelligence for Health

York Festival of Ideas 


5 June 2018


Dr Cormac McGrath, lead MRI Clinical Scientist for the Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Service

Child’s Eye Virtual Reality View of a Hospital Visit


York Festival of Ideas


23 May 2018


Professor Alison Noble, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
Human Image Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, and Shifting Perceptions of Medical Ultrasound


The Peter Wells Memorial Lecture

A joint public lecture organised by IPEM, IET and IMechE

IET London: Savoy Place


  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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