Curriculum Vitae

Only the educated are free.

- Epictectus

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

Research Experience

  • March 2020 - present: Postdoctoral researcher in Science Education at the University of Oslo, Norway

  • November 2019: Visiting researcher at the Centre of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research, SMEER, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • May 2019 - June 2019: Visiting research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

  • August 2018 - April 2019: Visiting research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia


  • 2019: PhD in Physics Education, University of Oslo

  • 2018: Diploma in Public Relations Management, Freie Journalistenschule Berlin

  • 2015: Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Göttingen

  • 2012: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Göttingen

  • 2011: Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Göttingen

Professional Membership

  • ESERA, European Science Education Research Association

  • ASERA, Australasian Science Education Research Association

  • ISGRG, International Society of General Relativity & Gravitation

  • IOP, Institute of Physics

  • GIREP (International Research Group on Physics Teaching)

Awards & Grants

  • 2021: Runner-up for the New Philosopher Writers’ Award XXXI: Space: Spaces Without and Within

  • 2021: Winner of the New Philosopher Writers’ Award XXX: Perception: The interplay between nature and ourselves
  • 2021: APS Young Leader in Physics, invited participant of the American Physical Society’s International Young Leaders Forum
  • 2021: Invited Participant at the International SummerSchool “Communicating Science”, Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD)
  • 2020: PhD Prize, International Astronomical Union PhD Prize for outstanding scientific achievement, Division: Education, Outreach and Heritage
  • 2020: IOP Early Career Physics Communicator Commissioning Award
  • 2019: Hartle Award for Best Oral Talk by a Student, GR22/Amaldi13

  • 2019: Best Oral Presentation of a Young Researcher in Physics Education, GIREP 2019

  • 2019: Science Studies Colloquium Series Qualification Scholarship

  • 2019: EARLI Mentoring Grant 
  • 2018: Norwegian Research Council personal overseas research grant 

  • 2018: ESERA Early Career Travel Award

  • 2017: Winner of the Science on Stage National Competition in Norway

  • 2016: Norwegian Research Council workshop grant (joint application) 
  • 2014: DAAD Promos Mobility Stipend

  • 2011: Bachelor of Science with Distinction, University of Göttingen, Germany