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Csaba Sukosd: Activities, successes and experiences of the Roland Eotvos Physical Society

Csaba Sukosd: Activities, successes and experiences of the Roland Eotvos Physical Society

Scientix European Conference, 6-8 May 2011, Brussels



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  • 1. Activities, success and experiences of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society in Hungary Dr. Csaba Sükösd vice president 8. May 2011. SCIENTIX Brussel s Budapest University of Technology and Economics Department of Nuclear Techniques Head of department
  • 2. 8. May 2011. SCIENTIX Brussel s Roland Eötvös (1848 – 1919 ) Hungarian Physicist Professor of Physics President of the Hungarian Academy of Sci. Minister of Education (long sighted)
    • His most important achievements Scientific
    • Eötvös-pendulum (used in geology, petrol- and mine-industry)
    • Heavy and inert masses are proportional (10 -8 precision! Important for general relativity)
    • Social and education
    • Created several educational institutions
    • Mathematical and Physical Journal (1890)
    • Mathematical and Physical Society (1891)
    • Special College for talented youth
  • 3. 8. May 2011. SCIENTIX Brussel s 1891 „ Mathematical and Physical Society” (created by Roland Eötvös) The Eötvös Society has a long (120 year) tradition 1919 „ Roland Eötvös Mathematical and Physical Society” (after Eötvös death it was renamed after its founder) 1949 Roland Eötvös Physical Society 1949 János Bólyai Mathematical Society
  • 4. 8. May 2011. SCIENTIX Brussels Membership today: over 1200 members ~60% Physics teachers (primary and secondary school) ~35% Research physicists and academia ~ 5% Students (university and secondary schools) The Roland Eötvös Physical Society
  • 5. 8. May 2011.
    • Edits an own periodical:
    • Review of Physics (Fizikai Szemle)
    • (scientific and physics teaching articles)
    The Roland Eötvös Society
    • Co-edits (with the János Bólyai Society)
    • Maths and Phys. Problems for Secondary School Pupils
    • (nationwide problem-solving contest during a year)
    • and editing several other teaching material
    SCIENTIX Brussels
  • 6. 8. May 2011.
    • International relations, networking
    • Member of the European Physical Society
    • GIREP (1970 – 2002), even presidency (George Marx, 1992-1995)
    • Strong cooperation with many other societies in Europe and overseas
    • Preparing the Hungarian delegation for the International Physics Olympics
    The Roland Eötvös Physical Society George Marx (1927-2002) SCIENTIX Brussels
  • 7. 8. May 2011. SCIENTIX Brussels
    • Annual conference for physics teachers
    • Plenary lectures: newest achievements of physics research
    • Workshops: Discussion of didactical and methodological
    • issues
    • Fair: new, innovative „hands-on” experiments
    • Forum: discussion with representants of the ministry
    • Awards for teachers
    Examples of the successful educational activites
  • 8. 8. May 2011.
    • Organisation of nationwide physics competitions
    • Eötvös Physics Competition (high-school and first univ. level)
    • Rudolf Ortvay Physics Competition (university level)
    • József Öveges Physics Competition (primary school level)
    • Leo Szilárd Competition for Modern Physics (high-school)
    • … many moore
    Theoretical problems Measurements Computer simulations Examples of the successful educational activites (continued) SCIENTIX Brussels
  • 9. 8. May 2011.
    • Organisation of teacher upgrade trainings
    • Inside Hungary (several programs)
    • one-week training in CERN (annually, for 40 teachers)
      • „ usual” CERN-program (lectures, visits, cloud-chamber)
      • visit the TOKAMAK in Lausanne
      • additional physics experiments (6 experiments)
      • Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc)
    Examples of the successful educational activites (continued) SCIENTIX Brussels
  • 10. 8. May 2011. An example of long-time success
    • Influencing the science curriculum reform between 1970-1980
    • Introducing modern physics subjects
    • introducing nuclear and radiation protection subjects
    • organising special teacher-training programs in nuclear
    • distributing GM-counters to schools where teachers attended
    • Results
    • In 1986 (Chernobyl accident) schools measured and interpreted the radiation levels correctly
    • Now the population is 78% in favour of nuclear energy (last Eurobarometer). Long-time effect!
    • The only field where the goverment and opposition agree is nuclear (vote in the Parliament on 30. March 2010.)
    • Bad news
    • Since 1990 the number of physics lessons has been decreased by a factor of 2, + serious cuts in the educational budget.
    SCIENTIX Brussels
  • 11. 8. May 2011. Conclusions, messages
    • Bring together teachers and researchers . Mutually beneficial
    • Children like contests. Use this to motivate them!
    • Motivate children by introducing relevant, modern topics
    • Your work may influence the scientific literacy of a whole generation . It may have effect even on the country’s policy!
    • Whatever you do NOW (good or bad) in education, shows its effects only ~ 20 years later . No short-time effect.
    • Therefore some politicians - focusing only to win the next election - are tempted to cut finances in the educational field. Everyone feeling responsible for the future should fight against it.
    Thank you for your attention [email_address] SCIENTIX Brussels