Daniel Lee - Policy Officer

What attracted you to a career with IOP?
I come from a political sciences background, but have always maintained a strong interest in the physical sciences and in science policy in general. The IOP presented me with two opportunities – a chance to work with substantive issues in physics, and the ability to approach these issues within a policy context, improving the lot of UK physics and the physics landscape.

What opportunities has working at IOP provided you with?
My role with the IOP gives me a great opportunity to delve deeply into a number of policy issues, whether putting together reports and policy-papers or engaging with the wider policy community. With the IOP I also come into contact with a range of influential and interesting people in physics, across the natural and physical sciences, and in policy-making, which is a great opportunity to network and build up links on specific issues. As an organisation, the IOP also provide a really good set of employee benefits.

What does a usual day look like for you?
A typical day might involve a number of things – keeping up to date on current and ongoing policy issues within physics or STEM areas in general, including researching around issues and horizon scanning; developing policy positions in accordance with the views of the membership; analysing and digesting data that we have collected; and building contacts with the wider policy community and policy-makers whilst working on ways to generate positive policy changes in physics.

What do you enjoy about working at IOP?
There are a huge variety of issues to deal with on a daily basis in working at the IOP and on physics policy which is really enjoyable. Everything from funding to innovation, education to diversity; not to mention the actual physics itself! As the IOP is a membership organisation, it means we get all the benefit of having a highly engaged set of members from across the country with a fantastic range of expertise. Ultimately, the most enjoyable thing, having come from a background outside of physics, is to be able to make a real contribution to physics and physics policy.