Physics for Africa: an international workshop

By Davis Sands, Linsey Clark. Published on 21 March 2017 in:
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The Physics Education Division is organising a workshop in conjunction with the Institute of Physics (IOP), London, at the forthcoming joint GIREP-EPEC-ICPE conference in Dublin (July 3-7, 2017, details available at The workshop will be led by the IOP, who have a long-standing interest in supporting physics education in Africa through their IOP for Africa programme.

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Physics for All – A project to carry physics into refugee sites

By Sara Schultz. Published on 15 December 2016 in:
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Physics for All is a project of the German Physical Society (DPG) and the Georg-August-University Göttingen (DE), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project is based on the idea that the phenomena of nature are universal. Playing with nature, doing physical experiments, are deep human needs, which do not require any language skills and are independent of any national, religious, age or gender boundaries.

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Editorial – STEM education is key

By Rolf Heuer. Published on 23 June 2016 in:
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It’s now two months since I accepted the Presidency of the German Physical Society, the DPG: a great honour for any German physicist, but also a great responsibility. With over 60,000 members, the DPG is the largest society devoted to physics in the world. It binds itself and its members to advocate for freedom, tolerance, truth and dignity in science, and to be conscious of the fact that those of us working in science have a particularly important role in society, being to a large extent responsible for the development of society. To me, that means that organisations like the DPG, and indeed the European Physical Society, need to look very closely at education as the basis to both the progress of science and of society.

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International Conference GIREP EPEC 2015

By E. Dębowska, T. Greczyło. Published on 22 October 2015 in:
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The Conference of the International Research Group on Physics Teaching [GIREP] and the European Physical Society – Physics Education Division [EPS PED] was held on 6-10 June 2015. The GIREP-EPEC meeting, recognised as an EPS Europhysics Conference, was organised by University of Wrocław [UWr] (Institute of Experimental Physics, Physics Teaching Department and Foundation for University of Wrocław) at the time of the Jubilee of the 70th Anniversary of the Polish Academic Community in Wrocław. It belongs to a series of GIREP conferences [1]. The conference was organised by Ewa Dębowska (Chair of the Organizing Committee) and Tomasz Greczyło …

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EPS Physics Education Division Award for Secondary School Teaching

By Gorazd Planinsic. Published on 27 January 2015 in:
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The European Physical Society, acting through its Physics Education Division, is pleased to announce that nominations for the Award for Secondary School Teaching are now open. This Award is subject to the following criteria: the award should be made to an individual high school teacher (it is not a team award) ; the award should recognize work that directly affects students of physics in one or more European secondary schools (what constitutes a secondary school may be broadly interpreted, but specifically excludes primary schools and universities.)

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Editorial – Getting girls into Physics – are we saying the wrong things?

By Averil McDonald. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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We are all keen to engage more girls in physics. And, certainly in the UK, there have been initiatives and large amounts of money thrown at this problem for the past 30 years. Yet the percentage of girls taking physics up to age 18 and as undergraduates has remained stubbornly at about 20%. We can only conclude that everything we have tried has made NO difference to the uptake of physics by girls.

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Following in Eratosthenes’ footsteps

By Angelos Lazoudis, Eugenia Kypriotis. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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An ancient experiment in schools around the world!
The Eratosthenes Experiment, organized by Ellinogermaniki Agogi’s [EA] Research and Development Department, on Friday 21 March 2014, in Athens Greece, on the occasion of the previous day’s equinox, received an overwhelming response, as 350 schools from 37 countries participated in this celebration of science and education, calculating the circumference of the Earth by using eLearning educational tools and simple instruments…

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Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education

By Robert Lambourne. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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The International Commission on Physics Education [ICPE] is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder’s outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa …

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Good results for ISE and the best is yet to come

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 May 2014 in:
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The partners of the Inspiring Science Education [ISE] project have begun to see the result of their work during the first year of the project.

Science education is an investment for both society as a whole and the next generation of scientists. Bringing scientific culture into primary and secondary schools will inspire children to embrace scientific careers as well as enhance scientific awareness of future generations of policy makers, teachers, lawyers, etc…

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Editorial — Bringing Nobel Prize physics to high schools

By Sofoklis Sotiriou. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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Today much of the ethical and political decision-making involves some understanding of the nature of science, its strengths and limits. There is perhaps no better or more recent example of this need, than the debate that arose around the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the operation of LHC at CERN, which has sparked the imagination of authors of works of fiction, occasionally causing concern among the general public. To understand the role of science in deliberations about the projected outcomes of the experiments taking place in the LHC, their safety and value – given the immense investment in human and other resources involved – all students, including future scientists need…

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How to train doctoral researchers for a diverse job market

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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The League of European Research Universities [LERU] just published a paper sharing some successful experiences regarding doctoral education in Europe.
Doctoral education has changed significantly, not least to adapt to changing demands from a variety of employers. Universities have (re)developed structured programmes and are embedding in them a great choice of professional development training opportunities for doctoral researchers.
For example, under the heading formal research training, there are masterclasses…

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Inauguration of the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education

By Roland Triacy. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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On August 12, 2013, one and a half years after the groundbreaking ceremony of the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education [ICISE], an impressive building was inaugurated in Quy Nhon, Central Vietnam. The Vietnamese government, along with many internationally recognized, prestigious universities and institutions in physics, strongly endorsed this initiative.
The ICISE is part of an ambitious project planned by Professors Tran Thanh Van and Le Kim Ngoc, as part of the work of the Association “Rencontres du Vietnam”. This non-profit organization was created in 1996 to contribute to…

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