Keynote Speakers

Eric Mazur/Harvard University,USA

eric mazurEric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.

Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all — not just science majors — is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group’s effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur’s teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines.

Mazur has been widely recognized for his scientific work and leadership.

Angel Franco García/University of País Vasco, Spain

angel francoAngel Franco Garcia is Titular Professor, has been teaching the subject of Physics in the School of Industrial Engineering of Eibar from 1979. He has also taught courses in programming languages C + + and Java. He was Director of the School from 1988 to 1991 and currently holds this position since 2008.

In 1983 he began to create interactive programs for teaching physics, work which culminated in 1988 with the defense of a doctoral thesis. In early 1998, he began to create and publish Interactive Physics Course on the Internet, receiving:

– An honorable mention in the Ninth Annual Software Contest, organized by the journal Computers in Physics.

– First prize in the contest organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, to reward the curricular materials in electronic format that can be used and disseminated on the Internet.

Beginning in 2006, the Interactive Physics Course on the Internet changed the structure and presentation, incorporating new content: a course in Java and other numerical procedures, problems solved, video clips and photographs of laboratory and classroom demonstrations.

David R. Sokoloff/University of Oregon, USA

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David R. Sokoloff is Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon. He is principal author of RealTime Physics: active learning laboratories (with Priscilla Laws and Ronald Thornton) and of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (with Ronald Thornton), both of which are published by John Wiley and Sons. Since 1999, he has been part of a team presenting active learning workshops in developing countries, Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP), sponsored principally by UNESCO, SPIE and ICTP, and he is editor of the ALOP Training Manual. He was the winner of the 2007 Robert A. Millikan award of the American Association of Physics Teachers for ?notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics.? He was elected President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2008, and has just finished the four-year leadership cycle, serving as Past President in 2012. He was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Physics Education Award by the American Physical Society (with Priscilla Laws, Ronald Thornton and the Activity Based Physics Group), and he and the ALOP team were awarded the 2011 SPIE Educator Award.

Priscilla Laws/Dickinson College, USA

priscilla lawsPriscilla Laws received a B.A. from Reed College in 1961 and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in 1966, where she studied nuclear physics. She joined the faculty at Dickinson in 1965 and began focusing her efforts on the health effects of radiation which led to the publication of two consumer books on medical x-rays. Since 1986, she has dedicated herself to the development of activity-based curricular materials and computer software to enhance student learning in introductory physics courses. This work has resulted in the publication of curricular materials developed with members of the Activity-Based Physics Group and published by John Wiley & Sons. These include the Workshop Physics Activity Guide, Understanding Physics, and several RealTime Physics Laboratory Modules. She is also a co-author of Physics with Video Analysis, published by Vernier Software and Technology in 2009. She has received several national and international awards for educational innovations and software design.

Marissa Michelini/University of Udine, Italy


Marissa Michelini is a professor of Physics Education at the University of Udine’s Faculty of Science of Education (Italy) – has a long standing relationship with physics education. The founder of the Centre for Teaching Physics Laboratory at the University of Friuli, Michelini has also been a director at the Interdepartmental Centre for Educational Research. Marissa Michelini was elected the new president of the Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physiquei [GIREP] during the World Conference on Physics Education, on July 2012.

Marco Antonio Moreira/Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Marco Antonio MoreiraMarco Antonio Moreira is a professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and their areas of specialitazion are the Science (Physics) Education, Learning Theories, Educational Research and Methodology of Higher Education.

Zulma Gangoso/ National University of Cordoba, Argentina
Zulma_GangosoZulma Gangoso is a professor at the National University of Cordoba and well known for his contributions to the teaching of physics. Currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE)

Florencio Pinela/ESPOL, EcuadorFlorencio pibela

Florencio Pinela, Master in Physics, is Professor of Physics at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) and has the secret to keeping her students interested: interactive classes supported by technology. This allowed him to be chosen as the best Professor in the ESPOL.


Cesar Mora/CICATA IPN, México

125x115_moraCesar Mora is a mathematical physicist from the University of Guadalajara and doctor in Physics from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico, is a research professor and academic coordinator of the postgraduate program in Physics Education of the Research Center on Applied Science and Advanced Technology, National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. Prof. Mora is president of the Latin American Physics Education Network, member of the Inter-American Committee on Physics Education and editor-in-chief of the Latinamerican Journal of Physics Education.


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Dr. Julia Salinas is president of the Inter-American Committee on Physics Education, has a BA in Physics from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina and a PhD in Physics from the University of Valencia, Spain. She is retired teacher since 2011.


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