The GIREP conference is the main international event in the field of Physics Education. Conferences are held every two years bringing together participants from all over the world, ready to share their experiences and research work in an interesting and rewarding domain.
This year, the Physics Innovations Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (πCETL) is pleased to host the GIREP-EPEC joint meeting. The theme of the conference is Community and Cooperation which we intend as providing an emphasis both on modes of collaborative learning and on collaboration between institutions to share good practice and to enhance the student learning experience. Obviously, highlighting these topics does not mean underestimating or neglecting other important aspects of physics education research and practice. GIREP-EPEC 2009, will be a great opportunity not only to present the results of your work, but also to communicate and discuss topics of common interest with other colleagues.
Leicester is the tenth largest city in Britain with a population of 280,000. Its many bars, nightclubs and restaurants alongside top class leisure, shopping and sports facilities make it a great place to visit.
Leicester is a city of history and tradition. For centuries people of different races and cultures have gathered in Leicester, creating a rich and unique heritage. Today the city's thriving ethnic minority communities account for more than a third of Leicester's population and continue to enrich city life. Numerous festivals include the Comedy Festival in February, the Carribean Carnival in August and the country's largest Divali celebrations.
It is also a city of Space Science. Leicester is home to the National Space Centre, winner of the National Specialist Visitor Attraction of the Year Award in 2003.
There are multiplex and art house cinemas, four theatres and a large concert hall. The city has a proud sporting tradition in rugby (the Leicester Tigers), football (Leicester City) and cricket. Leicester is Britain's first Environment City, with numerous environmentally-friendly initiatives. The rolling countryside around the city hosts over a dozen castles and manor houses. Leicester's central location makes it easy to travel to London (just over an hour by frequent trains) and to international airports at Birmingham and East Midands (both within 50 minutes drive).
We hope the conference will be an enjoyable experience for all participants.
We are looking forward in meeting all of you in Leicester!
Registration is now open. Early Registration deadline 29 May. Late Registration deadline 19 July