Physics Teachers' Conference

Friday 30 June 9:30 until 17:30
Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

Book your place on to the Physics Teacher's Conference where you will find out how your classroom teaching can benefit from the range of hands-on activities offered by the Physics outreach programme. Take part in interactive lab sessions using experimental approaches that modern scientists follow to answer the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in science.

During the conference, you’ll:

  • hear from leading academics in the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • network with other teachers
  • attend specialist sessions in your subject area.

This free conference also includes lunch. Book your place today

Full programme below:

09.30              Registration and refreshments  

10:00               Welcome from the Department of Physics and Astronomy –  Prof Claudia Eberlein, Head of Department

10.15               Life after Sussex for Physics Graduates Sarah Spencer, Careers and Employability Advisor

Hear how our degrees have equipped graduates for a range of careers.

10:45               Refreshment break

11:15               Demonstrations and laboratory visit session


Research lab tours

Learn how to put on practical demonstrations for your class:

  • Exciting demonstrations on a shoestring from our GCSE Physics Taster day
  • Astronomy projects with your students
  • Selected activities from Astronomy, Particle Physics and Quantum Physics Masterclasses

All with plans and equipment lists to take home.

Visit our cutting-edge physics research laboratories:

  • Quantum technology lab
  • “Invisibles’’ particle physics lab
  • Nanotechnology lab

Departing from the demonstration area at 11:30, 11:50 and 12:10

12.30               Lunch                        

13:30               Research Hot Topicscatch up on the latest physics research at Sussex.

3 short talks from our world-leading researchers, and how the research relates to advanced topics in the A Level specification (particle physics, astrophysics, and quantum physics).

14:30               Refreshment break

15:00               Training and update session

Delivering physics at secondary schools

A Level physics and Sussex

Teaching radioactivity without the kit at GCSE

  • How do you teach the new specification without radioactive samples, Geiger-Muller tubes and a protactinium generator?
  • Colin Piper (Teaching and Learning Coach, Institute of Physics Schools Physics Network Coordinator).

Learn how A Level students can engage with Sussex:

  • The HiSPARC project: Detecting cosmic rays at school -- Ingrid Murray (Cardinal Newman)
  • Isle of Thorns telescope: projects for young astronomers – Dr Steve Wilkins (Sussex)
  • CPAC@Sussex: A Level Required Practicals at Sussex – David Daniels (Sussex Schools Lab)


16:15               Q&A, closing discussion, next steps:

developing ideas for future cooperation - facilitated by Prof Mark Hindmarsh, Director of Outreach

followed by drinks, snacks and pizza – outreach offerings, informal discussions and networking. Expected to start around 17:00

Programme may be subject to change.

Book your place today and encourage your colleagues to book their places too.

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By: Amy Sweet
Last updated: Friday, 28 April 2017