The Institute of Physics in Wales manifesto for the National Assembly for Wales election 2011

12 April 2011

Physics has proved an outstanding investment for the economy and society at large - and it has the potential to continue delivering more.

Physics-based innovation is part of the solution to many of the big issues of our time, particularly economic renewal and sustainability in energy.

Physics-based sectors in Wales account for*:

  • 50 000 jobs, 4.4% of the workforce
  • 10% of GVA, £4.1 billion contributed to the economy; more than double the contributions from the construction (4.3%) and finance (3.9%) sectors
  • around £13 billion in turnover
  • high value jobs: productivity (GVA per head of population) is £80 000, double the national average

The next government of Wales must ensure that investment in research is not stifled by cuts, that physics education at all levels is made a priority, and that the best conditions are created for physics-based businesses to thrive.

You can help us get physics on the election agenda by requesting our manifesto post cards from us and then sending them on to the Welsh Assembly candidates in your constituency.

Email physics@iopwales.org your postal address and the number of postcards you require. Either hand the manifesto postcard to a door-knocking campaigner or find your prospective Assembly candidates addresses online and post it direct.

* Based on 2005 figures. Full data can be seen in the report, The Importance of Physics to the Welsh Economy, commissioned by the Institute of Physics and produced by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.