I am an educational researcher, physics educator, and science communicator working to bring great science education to as many people as possible. 

 

 

Currently, I hold a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo to study the quality of inquiry-based activities in science classrooms as part of the LISSI project. Previously, I developed a digital learning environment about Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity as part of project ReleQuant.  

 

 

I have a life-long goal of getting students excited about modern physics and I collaborate with the Einsteinian Physics Education Research Collaboration (EPER) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) to make that happen. 

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General Relativity in Secondary School

Call me Dr. Magdalena Kersting! I have successfully defended my PhD-thesis Teaching General Relativity in Secondary School. Let's celebrate science and let's bring Albert Einstein's ideas of gravity, space, and time into the classroom!

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Relativity Online

So stoked about sharing our general relativity learning environment: After 2 years of development this marks a milestone in my PhD. Take a look & let me know what you think. And do share with the physics teacher or high school student in your life!


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New book chapter: Visualising Four Dimensions in Relativity

How can we link mathematical concepts with physical intuition & artistic vision to understand the cosmos? My latest chapter explores our struggle to visualise spacetime in special & general relativity.

gravitational waves
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New article on Einstein-Online: A catalogue of cosmic collisions

What can we learn from gravitational wave observations? Jens Kube and I have written an article about the first catalogue of cosmic collisions and the enormous scientific potential of these observations.

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New paper in Physics Education: Gravity and Warped Time

General relativity is a conceptually rich theory that often eludes non-experts. We identify three confusing relativistic concepts and suggest pedagogical pathways to address these issues in the classroom.


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UKEdChat

UkEDChat 2020 Online Conference

June, 9th-11th 2020

City of Tuebingen, Germany
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EARLI SIG 6 & 7

Instructional Design and Technology: From the lab to the classroom

August, 24th-26th 2020

Tübingen, Germany

Dublin Trinity College
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History of Physics

Fourth International Conference on the History of Physics - On the Road to Modern Physics

June 2021

Dublin, Ireland