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By David Sands. Published on 20 October 2016 in:
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Despite this being a relatively quiet summer in Europe for physics education conferences, the Physics Education Division (PED) has been very active in promoting physics education research.

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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 sponsored workshop at GIREP-EPEC

By David Sands. Published on 26 May 2015 in:
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A Workshop on Teacher Shortages and the Preparation of School Leavers for Further Study
The European Physical Society is pleased to announce sponsorship of a workshop at the forthcoming conference of the International Research Group on Physics Teaching [GIREP-EPEC], 6-10 July 2015, Wroclaw, Poland to address the issue of teacher shortages and preparation of school leavers for further study in physics. There is growing evidence that these are problems across most, if not all, of Europe and the aim of the workshop is to try to gather that evidence together and stimulate further discussion and collaboration. Ten travel bursaries of up to 200 Euros are available to …

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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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EPS-PED and GIREP to cooperate

By David Lee. Published on 26 March 2014 in:
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The Physics Education Division of the European Physical Society [EPS-PED] and the International Research Group on Physics Teaching [GIREP] have signed a cooperation agreement. The letter includes in particular the exchange of information on activities and conferences.
The EPS-PED and GIREP have a long history of collaborating with one another. The EPS-PED and GIREP have common members on their respective boards. The European Physics Education Conference [EPEC] is often co-located with the GIREP. The EPS-EPEC brings together physicists working in physics educational research and…

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HOPE – A new European Academic Network

By Marisa Michelini, Nadine Witkowski, Ivan Ruddock. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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The academic network Horizons of Physics Education [HOPE] was launched in October 2013. This three-year project is supported by the Life Long Learning Programme [LLP] of the European Union. It is the 6th thematic network in physics education in a series of networks beginning in 1995 with European Physics Education Network [EUPEN].

The 71 full partners are from 31 LLP-eligible countries of the European Union along with Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey; they comprise 65 academic partners and 6 non-academic partners including the European Physical Society. The…

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By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 25 June 2013 in:
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The 18th edition of the Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning Workshop [MPTL'18] will be held from 11-13 September 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

MPTL’18 the latest of a series of workshops held annually since 1996. The workshop intends to favorise the exchange of information and ideas about the use of multimedia in physics teaching and learning.

The first plenary talk of MPTL’18 will focus on designing multimedia for teaching and learning physics and…

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Hetland to receive EPS-PED Award for Secondary School Teaching

By Urbaan Titulaer. Published on 25 June 2013 in:
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The Physics Education Division selected Karl Thorstein Hetland, West Telemark Secondary School, Norway, as this year’s recipient of its Secondary School Teaching Award. K.T. Hetland developed the Energy Network, which aims to make students energy conscious and focus on renewable energy.

The Energy Network, created in 2005, consists of 15 local networks, each involving an upper secondary school and several lower secondary schools, 55 schools in all. Upper secondary school pupils serve as teachers in…

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The EPS PED Secondary School Teaching Award

By EPS-PED. Published on 29 January 2013 in:
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Nominations are open for the 2012 EPS-PED Secondary School Teaching Award for contributions by a secondary school teacher to physics education. The award consists of a diploma and Euro 1000 cash prize.

The award is made to an individual secondary school teacher for work that directly affects students in physics in one or more European secondary schools. The award should recognize a specific contribution to teaching, particularly one that might be taken up in a range of countries…

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PhysHOME 2012

By Elena Sassi. Published on 28 August 2012 in:
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Physics by Hands-On Minds-on Experiments [PhysHOME] was held at the Department of Physics Education, Charles University, on 20-23 June this year. During the workshop, educators and teachers shared ideas and projects; compared viewpoints; and made steps towards possible future collaborations.

The event was attended by 17 participants from across Europe. The workshop – organised in an informal manner – consisted of 12 individual sessions, each lasting for 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for discussion following…

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Physics Education Division releases position paper

By Gorazd Planinsic. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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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…
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June Executive Committee Meeting

By Martina Knoop. Published on 28 June 2012 in:
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The European Physical Society [EPS] Executive Committee met at the EPS headquarters, in Mulhouse, on 8-9 June this year. Following the 2011 strategy discussion – and the elections earlier this year – the committee is now composed of 13 members, eight of whom are new to the board this year.

The Executive Committee has finalised the EPS statement on the use of bibliometric indices during assessment…

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