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Physics Education Research Conference 20/20

July 22, 2020 - July 23, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Insights, Reflections, & Future Directions: Emergent Themes in the Evolving PER Community

Join us as we explore emergent themes in PER as a scholarly endeavor and as a research community!  Since its inception, PER has served as a confluence of discipline, theory, research methodology, practice, and application.  How have these facets and the interplays among them been fruitful for physics education globally, regionally, locally, or otherwise?  And, how have our successes and interactions influenced the very nature of PER itself?

April 1 statement on PERC and COVID-19 from Geoff Potvin, current PERLOC chair

I hope you are all safe, healthy, and coping as best you can with the current disruptions in all of your lives. Many people in our community, including PERLOC, are anxiously hoping to get some clarity on SM20 and PERC 2020. AAPT recently issued a statement in the eNNOUNCER explaining how they expect to proceed. Since PERC is inherently integrated into the structures and logistics of AAPT, their decisions are critical. However, as we all wait, PERLOC wanted to state our priorities for how we expect to formulate a plan of action for the summer, working with AAPT, the PERC 2020 organizers, and the PERC Proceedings editors. So, our priorities are, in order:

A. Ensure the health and safety of our entire community and our host community, and follow government and public health measures.

B. Work within the framework of AAPT's decision-making.

C. Adapt the PERC/PERC Proceedings to minimize disruption, given A and B.

Once we have a better understanding of what the possibilities are for the summer, we will follow up with more specific details. Our best wishes for each of you in this difficult time. Thank you for being a caring and supportive community.

Additional information

PERC 20/20 Links & Connections

PERC 20/20 Organizers

  • Beth Cunningham
  • Lin Ding
  • Alexis V. Knaub
  • Steven J. Maier

Tentative Dates

January 2020: Parallel session proposal abstract submission opened
March 14, 2020: Contributed poster abstract submission opened
March 27, 2020: Parallel session proposal and juried talk abstract deadline
March 28, 2020: Paper submission opened
June 5, 2020: Paper-eligible* poster abstracts and papers are due
June 19, 2020: Poster-only poster abstracts are due
July 22-23, 2020: Dates of the PERC

* Posters presented at the AAPT Summer Meeting may have associated papers submitted for peer review to the PERC Proceedings. Poster abstracts submitted by June 5 are paper-eligible and papers are due on that date. Authors submitting after this deadline may only submit a poster and cannot submit a paper to the PERC Proceedings.