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Institute of Physics states the case for sustained investment in physics

19 April 2016

The Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) has called on all political parties to ensure that sustained investment in physics at all levels is part of their proposed programme for government

IOP CEO Paul Hardaker presenting Niamh Kavanagh with the Rosse Medal
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