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Invited Speakers

  • Michael Dubson: "Apples vs. Oranges: Comparison of Student Performance in a MOOC vs. a Brick-and-Mortar Course"


    Michael Dubson is a Senior Instructor in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and a member of the PER group. He has a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1978) and a PhD in condensed matter experiment from Cornell University (1984). He began his career as a condensed matter researcher at Michigan State University. In 1995, he switched fields and joined the faculty at Colorado, where he works on undergraduate curriculum development and interactive instruction. He has won several teaching awards, including the 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers Education Award. He is also a software designer for PhET (, a suite of free interactive simulations for science education. more

  • Christian Hackenberger: "A Dance with Electrons"


    Christian Hackenberger studied undergraduate Physics at the TU in Munich, before completing his PhD in theoretical solid state Physics at the Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism at the University of Augsburg. During his studies he learned to use image editing, 3D imaging, and animation tools, becoming completely amazed by the possibilities. After finishing his PhD he took the chance to use both his education in physics and his imaging expertise, joining the team of Ferenc Krausz in 2008. Today, he works together with an international team of scientists on every aspect of science visualisation, whether it is designing covers, developing and producing animations to explain the details of physics to a broader audience, or preparing graphs, illustrations, and images for publications, press releases, and talks. more

  • Wouter van Joolingen: "Drawing-based modelling to foster early science learning"

    Wouter van Joolingen

    Wouter van Joolingen studied Physics at Leiden University where he graduated in 1987. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. from Eindhoven University of Technology on the use of computer simulations for inquiry learning. In 1992 he moved to the University of Twente, working on the SMISLE and Servive projects in which the SimQuest authoring system was developed. After a year in industry Wouter worked for the University of Amsterdam from 1998 to 2004, where he worked in the Co-Lab project. In 2004 he returned to Twente and was professor on the topic of “Computational Modeling in Educational Settings”. As of May 1, 2015 he is scientific director of the Freudenthal Institute at the University of Utrecht. Wouter has won the “Outstanding publication award” (EARLI, 1999, together with Ton de Jong), and the European academic software award for SimQuest (EASA, 2000, with the whole SimQuest team). In 2009 he was awarded the AECT Distinguished Development Award, for his work on the development of SimQuest and Co-Lab. more

  • David Lowe: "Remote laboratories and mediated interactions: the real opportunity for enhancing learning"

    David Lowe

    Professor David Lowe is Associate Dean (Education) and Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. He is also the CEO of the not-for-profit organisation The LabShare Institute and past-president of the Global Online Laboratory Consortium. He started his career in industry as a control systems engineer, but has subsequently ranged across fields as diverse as computer vision, software engineering, web development and real-time systems. He currently has active research interests in the area of real-time control of embedded systems in the web environment, and remote access to, and control of, physical laboratory systems. He has published widely, including three textbooks. David is also passionate about supporting student learning, educational innovation and promoting interest in STEM careers. more

  • Jochen Schieck (EPS Invited Speaker): "Particle Physics – three years after the discovery of the Higgs"

    Jochen Schieck

    Jochen Schieck studied physics at the University of Heidelberg between 1992 and 1996. In 1999, he received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg working on the OPAL-experiment at CERN. After research stay in the USA, working at the Babar-Experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre he moved back to Germany, working for several years at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. There he joined the ATLAS experiment, one of the two multi-purpose experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which discovered the Higgs particle in 2012. In 2010, he was appointed as professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and in 2013, he moved as director to the Institute for High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is also full professor at the Vienna University of Technology. He is a principle investigator of the cluster of excellence “Origin and Structure of Universe” and received funding from the BMBF for the Belle II project. Currently he focuses on resolving the particle nature of Dark Matter, but he is also still involved at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and at the Belle II experiment in Japan. more