Physics Education Conference

7 July 2017

The GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 conference took place in Dublin City University, 3rd-7th July with the theme - "Bridging Research and Practice in Physics Teaching and Learning".

This conference which was hosted by the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland was jointly organised by:

• The Conference of International Research Group on Physics Teaching (GIREP)
• European Physical Society - Physics Education Division (EPS PED) and
• International Conference on Physics Education (ICPE) of the Commission C14 of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).

IOP Ireland was the conference patron and the event attracted over 300 participants from 48 countries.
Many aspects of physics education were explored during the event from practical teaching methods at primary, second level and at college to key note talks on inquiry based learning.

The Institute of Physics organised a pre-conference workshop on Physics for Africa which explored ways in which the Institute’s charitable programme in this area could be best aligned with other projects. IOP Ireland was also closely involved in a symposium on international perspectives on women in physics which highlighted issues from Australia, England Latin American Japan, Ireland and Scotland.
Many congratulations are due to the conference organisers, Dr Eilish McLoughlin, Director of CASTeL and co-chair of the IOP Ireland Education Group and Dr Paul van Kampen of Dublin City University.

GIREP Women in Physics Symposium participants: Eilish McLoughlin (DCU), Hideo Nitta (Tokyo Gakugei University Japan); Silvina Ponce Dawson (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Yvonne Kavanagh (IT Carlow), Miriam Byrne (NUI Galway), Charles Tracy (IOP), Sheila Gilheany (IOP), Cait MacPhee (University of Edinburgh)