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

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