Talks


We have peered into a new world and have seen that it is more mysterious and more complex than we had imagined.

Still more mysteries of the universe remain hidden. Their discovery awaits the adventurous scientists of the future.

I like it this way.

- Vera Rubin


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(Image via UiO Science Library - PhD Day 2017, All Rights Reserved)

Invited & Key Note Talks


  1. 03/2021 "Engaging the Public with Astrophysics Virtual Reality Experiences", JILA Astrophysics Friday Seminar, UC Boulder

  2. 07/2020 "General Relativity in Secondary Schools", LIGO IPA Online Conference 

  3. 02/2020 Keynote: "Impact in Einsteinian Physics Education", Inaugural Einstein-First Interational Workshop, Perth, Australia 

  4. 11/2019: "Computer-supported collaborative learning & embodied conceptions of spacetime", Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden

  5. 11/2019: "Embodied Cognition in Science Education - Examples from Relativity", Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden 

  6. 11/2019: "Computer-supported collaborative learning & embodied conceptions of spacetime", Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden 

  7. 07/2019: "The Transformational Power of Educational Research Collaborations - Impact in Physics Education", Bridging the Skills Gap in Physics Education, Institute of Physics, London, UK 

  8. 07/2019: "Bringing general relativity to secondary schools: Design and evaluation of a digital learning environment", GR22-Amaldi13, Valencia, Spain

  9. 02/2019: "Curved Spacetime: Investigating Students' Conceptual Understanding in General Relativity", WE-Heraeus Seminar - General Relativity as a Challenge for Physics Education, Bad Honnef, Germany

Conference Talks

2020


  1. 11/2020: "Instructional Strategies to Foster Motivation for Einsteinian Physics Among Middle School Girls", GIREP 2020, virtual conference

  2. 08/2020: "Learning Processes of Embodied Interaction with Disembodied Concepts in CSCL Environments", EARLI SIG 6 & 7, virtual conference

  3. 06/2020 "Einsteinian Physics in the Classroom", UkEdChat Online Conference

2019


  1. 08/2019: "Scientific Concepts and the Role of Imagination in the Language Games of the Science Classroom", ESERA 2019, Bologna, Italy 

  2. 08/2019: "Modernising Science Teaching: Bringing the Virtual Universe into the Classroom", Workshop with Jackie Bondell, ESERA 2019, Bologna, Italy 

  3. 08/2019: "Design-based Research and the Model of Educational Reconstruction - a Combined Approach to Design Successful Science Instruction", joint talk with Floor Kamphorst, ESERA 2019, Bologna, Italy

  4. 07/2019: "Free Fall in Curved Spacetime", GIREP 2019, Budapest, Hungary

2018


  1. 12/2018: "General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", AIP Congress 2018, Perth, Australia

  2. 12/2018: "Modernising Physics Teaching", STAWA Future Science 2018, Perth, Australia

  3. 11/2018: "Understanding Curved Spacetime", Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum 2018, Perth, Australia

  4. 07/2018: "The Role of Imagination in the Language Games of the Science Classroom", BWS 2018, London, UK

  5. 07/2018: "Navigating Four Dimensions - Upper Secondary Students' Understanding of Movement in Spacetime", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 

  6. 07/2018: "How History and Philosophy of Science Can Inform Teaching and Learning of General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 

  7. 07/2018: "How History and Philosophy of Science Can Inform Teaching and Learning of General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", 15th Marcel Grossmann Meeting, Rome, Italy

  8. 06/2018: "Gravity, Imagination, and Embodied Conceptions of Spacetime", 2nd Symposium on Embodied Interaction: "Gesture, Touch, and Embodied Meaning-Making", Odense, Denmark

2017


  1. 08/2017: "Educational Reconstruction of General Relativity Through a Collaborative Online Learning Environment", JURE 2017, Tampere, Finland

  2. 08/2017: "Gravity, Imagination, and Embodied Conceptions of Spacetime", ESERA 2017, Dublin, Ireland

  3. 07/2017: "Teaching General Relativity in Upper Secondary School: an Educational Reconstruction", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland

  4. 07/2017: "An International Research Collaboration in the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland

2016


  1. 12/2016: "General Relativity: Making Einstein's Theory Teachable", STAWA Future Science 2016, Perth, Australia

  2. 11/2016: "Curved Space and Warped Time: Students' Understanding of Gravity", International Workshop on the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics in the Era of Gravitational Astronomy, Gin Gin, Western Australia

  3. 8/2016: "ReleKvant - undervisningsopplegg om relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk", National Conference on Teaching of Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Chaired conference sessions & symposia


  1. 03/2021 Conference session chair: Teaching Relativity & Modern Physics in General, ECU 2021, virtual conference

  2. 07/2019: Symposium chair & organiser: "Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics", GIREP 2019, Budapest, Hungary

  3. 07/2018: Symposium chair & organiser: "International Perspectives on Einsteinian Physics at Upper Secondary School Level", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 

  4. 07/2017: Symposium chair & organiser: "The Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics in International Contexts", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland