University of Udine
Interdepartmental Centre for Research in Education (CIRD)
Physics Department

Scientific programme

2. A seminar, not a conference
3. The programme
4. Participants
5. A working definition of the seminar
6. Outcomes
7. Application and contributions
8. Logistics
9. Travel
10. Conference fees
11. Payments
12. Deadlines
13. General information
14. Abstracts of the contributions
15. Contribute for the round tables
16. Forum
17. Arrivo a Udine - Welcome, registration, opening session
18. Proceedings


For many years, GIREP conferences have been organised with ICPE (International Commission for Physics Education) part of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics). They are one of the main reference points for the international community concerned with the teaching of physics. They offer a rich environment for the discussion of physics education and research in physics education, bringing together school teachers, subject academics and didactical/pedagogical researchers.
In August 2000 a highly successful GIREP Conference was held in Barcelona (Spain) on the topic "Physics Teacher Education beyond 2000". At that Conference it was resolved that a series of Seminars should be launched, to take place in alternate years, in which the participants would be encouraged to submit papers clearly focused on narrowly defined topics with the aim of facilitating coordinated action.
In these Seminars there is more time for discussion and less for presentations. The Seminars, however, are organised in such a way that all the participants have the chance to present their thoughts and research and make their work known.
The first GIREP Seminar was held in Udine in September 2001 on the topic "Developing Formal Thinking in Physics". At the end of the 2001 Seminar the participants recommended its organisational structure as a model for future GIREP Seminars - in particular for planning a Seminar on the training of physics teachers, as a follow-up of the Barcelona 2000 Conference.