Why the hell am I (a physics education researcher) in a physics department?

General interest seminar

Why the hell am I (a physics education researcher) in a physics department?

  • Event time: 5:00pm until 6:00pm
  • Event date: 29th February 2024
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Elm Lecture Theatre, Nucleus Building, King's Buildings

Event details

All students and staff welcome.


Dr Drew Rosen, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh. 


In a field as diverse as physics, studying how people think about or engage with physics shouldn’t seem like too much of a stretch. However, physics education researchers can often find themselves to be “a bit different” than other physics researchers in their departments, leading some to even ask “why are you in a physics department?”. To address this, I will discuss why physics education researchers belong in physics departments. This will include what a physics identity is, highlighting ongoing research efforts in the field to improve education, and discussing the role that physics education researchers can play in shaping the future of their departments.


Meet us at 16.30 outside the Elm lecture theatre in the Nucleus Building for tea and cakes prior to the talk.

About General interest seminars

Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend..

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