The academic network Horizons of Physics Education [HOPE] was launched in October 2013. This three-year project is supported by the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Union. It is the 6th thematic network in physics education in a series of networks beginning in 1995 with European Physics Education Network [EUPEN].
HOPE is the de facto successor to EUPEN (established 1995) and the subsequent Stake Holders Tune European Physics Studies [STEPS] (2005-08) and STEPS TWO (2008-11) projects. Among other activities, these investigated new teaching methods and student centred learning, graduate skills sought by industry, physics teacher training and their low numbers in some countries, and novel degree courses. The new project is designed to capitalise on the previous success and will concentrate on the heart of the problem - the physics student - via inspiration in schools, recruitment to university and competences for employment.
HOPE’s ultimate goal is to enhance the impact of physics on the European economy and its visibility and consequence in society in general. Since the project is promoted by academic institutions, there are four interlinked aims which form the basis of the work programme:
- Inspiring Young People to Study Physics: to investigate and report on the factors that influence young people to choose study physics
- New Competences for Physics Graduates – Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship: to recommend ways by which physics degrees can be enhanced so that the competences of graduates enable them better to contribute more effectively to new needs of the European economy and society, particularly through innovation and entrepreneurship
- Improvements in Physics Teaching – Meeting Future Global Challenges in Physics Higher Education: to improve the effectiveness and attractiveness of physics teaching in Europe’s university physics departments to help ensure their competitiveness in the global student
- Improvements in the Training and Supply of Physics School Teachers: to recommend strategies for increasing the supply of well-trained physics school teachers and to enhance the role of university physics departments in helping the teaching of physics in schools.
The 71 full partners are from 31 countries of the European Union along with Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey; they comprise 65 academic partners and 6 non-academic partners including the European Physical Society. The consortium is further enriched by 10 associated partners including the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, IBM Zurich Laboratory, the Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique [GIREP], and various universities in both North and South America.
HOPE is coordinated by Nadine Witkowski (Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France), Marisa Michelini (Udine, Italy) and Ivan Ruddock (Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom).
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