About Me


Science education is important because when it’s good, it’s about far more than memorizing equations and mixing things in beakers. It’s about questioning, developing new ideas, being wrong and trying again. And again. And again, until something durable and true is uncovered. This kind of gritty mindset, this curiosity and passion, is exactly what today’s students need to become tomorrow’s leaders.

- Perimeter Institute


Magdalena Kersting in front of a blackboard
(Image Magdalena Kersting, All Rights Reserved)

Why science & education?

We often experience a visceral rush or feel awe when we encounter a new idea or understand something profound for the first time. I have a life-long goal of getting people excited about modern physics and science more generally, because, at heart, science is about developing new ideas and honing your curiosity about the complex and the subtle. Bringing great science education to students will help them think more clearly about complex ideas and, eventually, enable them to build a better future. 

My background

Science education research is a dance of switching contexts. The diversity of my experience has equipped me with a unique skill set that allows me to move fluently between the world of research and scholarship and the world of school and teacher practice. Being a mathematical physicist by training and holding a Ph.D. in physics education, I have a passion for engaging with other people to excite the inner scientist in them. I am proud of my ability to combine skills from the natural and the social sciences and I use the breadth of my experience to study how people come to know science. 

 

I thrive on change. Often, I find myself working in interdisciplinary teams of scientists, education researchers, developers, designers, and teachers (among others) and I feel at home in a variety of research communities including science education, physics education research, the learning sciences, and history and philosophy of science. A diploma in Public Relations Management is a testament to my communicative skills and to my ability to foster collaboration and inspire creativity among colleagues.

What I would like to achieve

As scientists and educators, we have a responsibility to always try to use our knowledge to illuminate, reveal, and clarify. I believe that one of the most important outputs of science education is a love of learning and the ability to continue to learn and grow throughout one’s life. I wish to inspire and bring out the best in others while also elevating new values in science education such as engagement and participation. Let's try to tie science into society and let's contribute to make the world a better place.