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 instructional practices in science classrooms as part of project LISSI. 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 'General Relativity in Secondary School: Research-Based Development of Learning Resources and Analyses of Students’ Conceptual Understanding Using the Model of Educational Reconstruction'. It's time to bring Einstein's ideas into the classroom! 🤓

Einstein in a coffee shop
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Public Talk for Haus der Astronomie

I'm excited to give a public talk on the foundations of general relativity as part of the online series "Faszination Astronomie Online" hosted by Haus der Astronomie, Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach. The talk is in German and will be live-streamed Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 7pm CEST. 

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gravitational waves, black hole, neutron star
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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.

light bulb on blackboard
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Royal Astronomical Society: Early Career Poster Competition

I'm happy to see my study on girls' attitudes towards Einsteinian physics as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's Early Career Poster Exhibition. Check out all the cool research in astronomy & space!

What's On

City of Tuebingen, Germany
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Instructional Design and Technology: From the lab to the classroom

August, 24th-26th 2020

Tübingen, Germany

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Speaking Bodies

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

May 2021

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 2021

Dublin, Ireland