Magdalena Kersting
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Magdalena Kersting

I am an educational researcher, mathematical physicist and science communicator. Currently, I work as a PhD researcher in the physics education group at the University of Oslo and with the Education and Public Outreach team of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and study learning processes in Einsteinian physics.


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Einstein in a coffee shop
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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!

Why high school students should learn Einstein's theory of general relativity
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Einstein in Schools

My article on Einsteinian Physics in high schools is National Geographic Education's read of the week! Read on to find out why students should learn about Einstein's most revolutionary ideas from an early age - and how science educators are slowly catching up!


Latest news

Embodied cognition puppets
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EARLI Mentoring Grant: Embodied Cognition in Physics Education

I'm so happy to have been awarded an EARLI Mentoring Grant 2019: I will visit Jesper Haglund at Karlstad University, Sweden, to learn more about embodied cognition in physics education. Yay!

Leaning Tower of Gin Gin
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New paper in Physics Education: Free fall in curved spacetime

How can we visualise gravity in relativity? My article in Physics Education presents a new  model that illustrates how warped time gives rise to gravity. Give it a read & let me know what you think!

spacetime bubbles
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New paper: Metaimagining and Embodied Conceptions of Spacetime

We live in a 4D-universe but our minds and bodies struggle to perceive four dimensions. How can learners reconcile relativity with their experiential understanding of space, time & gravity?


What's On

Budapest
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GIREP-⁠ICPE-⁠EPEC-⁠MPTL

Teaching-learning contemporary physics from research to practice

July 1st-5th, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

City of Valencia
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GR22 & Amaldi13

22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation

July, 7th-12th, 2019

Valencia, Spain

City of Prague
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CLMPST 2019

International Congress of Logic, Methodology & Philosophy of Science 

August, 5th-10th, 2019

Prague, Czech Republic