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!

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!

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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.

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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Reflections on my EARLI Mentoring Grant and my research stay in Sweden

EARLI supported me to undertake a research stay with Jesper Haglund at the University of Karlstad in Sweden. In a short video I reflect on this research stay and my time in Sweden. 

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Perth Australia
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Einstein-First Workshop

Inaugural Einstein-First International Workshop: Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools

February, 18th-21st 2020

Perth, Australia 

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Speaking Bodies

Embodied Cognition at the Crossroads of Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology & Artificial Intelligence

May, 13th-15th 2020

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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, 17th-19th 2020

Dublin, Ireland