The European Physical Society, acting through its Physics Education Division, grants the Award for Secondary School Teaching subject to the following criteria:
- The award should be made to an individual high school teacher. (It is not a team award.)
- The award should recognize work that directly affects students of physics in one or more European secondary schools. (What constitutes a secondary school may be broadly interpreted, but specifically excludes primary schools and universities.)
- The award should recognize a specific contribution to teaching, particularly one that might be taken up in a range of countries. (It is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it an award for research into teaching, but teaching may be broadly interpreted and should include activities that encourage students to take up the study of physics or improve access to the study of physics.)
The award consists of a certificate and a sum of money to the amount of € 1,000.
The award will be presented during the GIREP-EPEC conference, which will take place from July 6-10, 2015, in Wrocław, Poland. The award winner is normally provided with additional funding to allow attendance at the conference.
The award committee consists of four ordinary members and a chair, all nominated by the EPS Physics Education Division.
A single nomination is invited from each National Physical Society belonging to the EPS in the year of the award. The nomination should be no longer than 500 words and should be in English. In order for the committee to be able to take into account the conditions under which the nominee’s work was carried out, the covering letter should address the following issues:
- In what type of school does the nominee teach (state or private, general or specialized)?
- What type of courses does the nominee teach (regular physics courses, special courses for small groups of interested students, interdisciplinary subjects, other subjects in addition to physics)?
- If the nominated contribution comprises a specific activity or project, did the nominee have a full teaching obligation during its conception, design and execution, or was the teaching load reduced to enable the activity to be developed?
The Societies are particularly encouraged to nominate individuals who have already won a national prize or award. The Societies are also encouraged to consult national associations of physics/science teachers regarding suitable candidates.
The nominations should be sent to:
European Physical Society
6 rue des Frères Lumière
in paper and electronic format before March 16th 2015.