Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research

FFPER 2019 poster created by Ellie Sayre

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The biennial conference on the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research is held in Bar Harbor, Maine. The conference is a venue for specialists who are active researchers in the field of physics education. This intensive week-long residential meeting will provide a forum for examining and articulating the current state of the field, exploring future directions, and discussing ways to pursue the most promising avenues for future research.


The conference features a series of plenary lectures given by established and emerging leaders in PER. Each addresses the theme of Foundations and Frontiers by synthesizing major accomplishments in the field and/or speculating on especially important and promising new directions. Afternoons are unscheduled in order to support informal conversation. Evening sessions include working groups on subjects of community-wide interest, topical groups for specific research issues, and a contributed poster session. The goal of the conference is to foster the type of direct and intense discussion possible in a small residential meeting of specialists.


The College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine, provides beautiful surroundings, comfortable facilities, and excellent food.

Conference Organization:

Michael C. Wittmann, Paula Heron, Rachel E. Scherr

Application process:

We are committed to providing a rich conference centered on deep, meaningful conversations among active physics education researchers. The venue limits the participant count to 60, of which 23 spots are filled by plenary speakers, graduate students, and organizers. Thus, there is a formal application process for this conference. We want to assure everyone that we are dedicated to making the selection process transparent and equitable. Admission will be based on the following criteria:

    1. Evidence of physics education research activity, including publications, presentations, membership in a physics education research group, mentorship by physics education researchers, and leadership in PER community efforts.
    2. Overall balance at the conference of research groups, perspectives, and levels of expertise.

To apply, please send a CV to

(FFPER 2019 poster created by Ellie Sayre.)