The European Physical Society [EPS] exists to contribute to and promote the advancement of physics in Europe and its neighboring countries. It has both individual and associate members (including CERN and the European Space Agency), and is the umbrella organization for 41 national physical societies that collectively represent approximately over 100,000 physicists.
Through its various divisions and groups, the European Physical Society provides a forum for the discussion of subjects of common interest and a means whereby action can be taken at the international level. Prominent amongst those divisions is the Physics Education Division, which is concerned with all aspects of physics education, including physics education research, in schools, in universities and in the broad public domain that encompasses outreach, engagement and informal learning.
A new position paper, developed by the EPS Physics Education Division and approved for distribution by the Executive Committee of the EPS during its June 2012 meeting in Mulhouse, is intended to bring to public attention certain key points affecting the present state and future development of European physics education:
- physics education in schools and universities,
- physics education as a research field,
- lifelong learning and public outreach.
These points should be of concern to all citizens of European countries and to their political representatives.
The position paper can be downloaded here.