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It's #IAmAPhysicist Day!

26 May 16  | Engineering |  Technology
It's #IAmAPhysicist Day!

Today is #IAmAPhysicist Day!

Following in the wake of similar Twitter campaigns, like #ILookLikeAnEngineer and #ILookLikeASurgeon, the Institute of Physics hopes to use their hashtag to showcase the diversity of physicists across the globe, and the wide range of jobs that physicists can do. The hope is that increasing awareness of the immense opportunities available within physics, and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, will help to encourage the younger generation to join these industries and begin to fill the skill shortages they face. 

They have asked physicists the world over to share a photo of themselves, along with details of what they do, in order to help dispel the myth that physics is boring, or only open as a career to a certain demographic. 

We wrote earlier this week about the upcoming event, and today we’d like to share with you some of the responses the world of physics has contributed. 

The hashtag has been trending in the UK for much of the day, and tweets have joined the stream from the UK to Chile, Lombardy to Khartoum. There is a fantastic breadth of different disciplines represented, ranging from astrophysicists to particle physicists, medical to optical physics, and some brilliantly inspiring photos of the wonderful things physicists (sometimes!) get to do as a part of their jobs. 


As the photos show, physics is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or any other defining characteristic, and it leads to some of the most fascinating jobs and experiences on the planet. 

Are you a physicist? It’s not too late to get involved! Tweet a photo of yourself with #IAmAPhysicist and a brief description of what you do to support the campaign.

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