The CERN Convention cites engaging the public with fundamental research as a vital part of the Organization's mission. Indeed, CERN and the experimental collaborations it hosts have a considerable history of high-quality communication and outreach efforts that reach a wide range of international audiences. These activities are complemented by prominent educational programmes, such as CERN's residential programmes for high-school science teachers and students. In 2009, CERN's Physics Education Research (PER) activities were launched to support and further develop educational activities and to provide consultancy for all actors in the Organization's education and outreach efforts.
Today, CERN's PER team comprises an international team of staff scientists, postdoctoral research fellows, doctoral students, and visiting master students who perform education research in the field of particle physics. Among the various research activities are quantitative and qualitative studies focusing on teachers' professional development and students' conceptions and interest, as well as the iterative development of low-cost, hands-on experimental equipment for the classroom in CERN's S'Cool LAB, which will be used in the education labs in CERN's Science Gateway.
- Woithe, J., Müller, A., Schmeling, S. & Kuhn, J. (2022). Motivational outcomes of the science outreach lab S'Cool LAB at CERN: A multilevel analysis. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, article
- Zöchling, S., Hopf, M., Woithe, J. & Schmeling, S. (2022). MAKE IT MATTER: How to foster interest in particle physics by setting it in meaningful contexts. PoS (EPS-HEP2021), 889, 1-4, proceedings
- Kranjc Horvat, A., Wiener, J., Schmeling, S. & Borowski, A. (2022). Learning Goals of Professional Development Programs at Science Research Institutions: A Delphi Study with Different Stakeholder Groups. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 33(1), 32-54, article
- Woithe, J. & Kersting, M. (2021). Bend it like dark matter! Physics Education, 56(3), 1-13, article
- Wiener, J. (2020). Science teachers' conceptions of atomic models. European Journal of Mathematics and Science Education, 1(2), 67-80, article
Acting as an international PER hub, CERN actively collaborates with many partners throughout CERN's Member States and beyond on a variety of projects, many of which are related to doctoral students' research projects. If your institute or organisation is not yet in the non-exhaustive list below, feel free to get in touch - we should talk!