HOPE Annual Forum 2016

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2016 to Saturday, 10 September, 2016

Third annual forum is organized in Constanța in 2016 in Romania. The objective of the forum is twofold, it will focus on the activities of the WG4 on the Improvements in the Training and Supply of Physics School Teachers and it will present the results obtained with the 3 others working groups on Inspiring the young to study physics; New Competences for Physics Graduates, Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship ; Improvements in Physics Teaching: Meeting Future Global Challenges in Physics Higher Education  proposing to the participants  European overviews,perspectives and recommendations in the topics studied. The forum is organized a following : the thursday will focus on WG4 activities, the friday will be devoted to the results obtained by the 4 working groups. A general discussion integrating the four working groups will be proposed to the participants the saturday day to conclude the project.
The forum will start on wednesday 7th at 18h00 with welcome and organization of the forum and will terminate on saturday the 10th at 12h00, draft agenda will be available soon.

Registration is open. Deadline for registration : 15th May 2016

10 external participants can be supported by the network, priority will be given to physics students and active physics teachers from european institutions. In order to apply for such a support, please send a letter of statement to : nadine.witkowski@upmc.fr , deadline for application 1srt of may 2016, notification 15th of May 2016.

Keynote speakers expert in the field will contribute to the forum.

Hans Fischer from the University of Duisburg/Essen, Germany
The Fischer Working Group investigates the contexts and conditions under which classroom learning takes place, and studies the effects of teacher training on physics instruction at all school levels, drawing methodologies from the fields of psychology and educational science. A further focus of the group’s research, conducted in close cooperation with the disciplines of biology and chemistry, is the investigation of aspects of teaching and learning that are unique to these three natural sciences.

Laurence Viennot from Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France
The research activity of the Laboratoire de Didactique André Revuz (40 researchers, 20 PhD candidates) focus on the didactics of mathematics, physics and chemistry In this field, the LDAR develops fundamental and applied research following three directions:
- Scientific Knowledge : nature, circulation, evolution
- Coherence, continuity and ruptures in the teaching anf learning sciences.
- Practices and professionnal development of teachers and teacher educators in science.

Pratibha Jolly, University of Delhi, India
Dr. Pratibha Jolly is Principal of Miranda House, the premiere college for women at University of Delhi. She gained Ph.D for theoretical work in Chemical Physics from University of Delhi and taught in Miranda House for eight years before joining Department of Physics at the University of Delhi as Research Scientist where she began work in the area of Physics Education Research and Curriculum Development at the tertiary level. Her research interests include computational physics; electronic instrumentation; use of computer-based technologies in education; development of locally produced low-cost equipment; teacher training; cognitive aspects of students’ learning and diverse student populations. A major thrust has been to engage undergraduate students in development of a package called Science Online consisting of an indigenous low-cost data-acquisition system and comprehensive set of sensor circuits for real-time measurements in multidisciplinary contexts. 

Final programme and booklet of abstract are available below:


 Map of locations mentioned in the Programme
 The forum is organized by University of Bucharest  in collaboration with Constanta Maritime University. The opening evening will take place at Hotel Malibu, while  the activities from 8th to 10th of September will be hosted by:
Constanta Maritime University – Nautical Base
No. 2 Cuarțului Street, Constanta  (Map: Hotel Malibu – CMU – Nautical Base  )




The participants covered by the network will be hosted at Hotel Malibu

  • Single room 42 euros
  • Double rooms about 53 euros
  • Dinner at Hotel Malibu on 7th of September – 16,5 euros
  • Grill Dinner at Constanta Maritime University on 8th of September – 80 lei (about 18 euros)
  • Conference dinner at Le Premier (http://lepremier.ro/index.php?lang=ro) Constanta on 9th of September – 135 lei (about 30 euros) + additional cost for drinks
  • Lunches at Constanta Maritime University on the 8th -10th of September – 60 lei (about 13.5 euros)


Please make sure you have LEI (RON) as in Romania payments in euro are usually not possible. In the airport, as well as all over the city of Constanta, you will find exchange offices and ATMs.

In most places, payment with a bank card is possible.


Transfer from Henri Coanda Otopeni-Bucharest Airport to Constanta

A very limited number of flights to Constanta – Mihail Kogalniceanu airport (usually low cost) are available during the summer season.

Most of the flights from Europe will arrive on Henri Coanda airport (Otopeni-Bucharest).


There are two main options for traveling from Henri Coanda OTP-Bucharest  airport to Constanta.


Option A: Direct mini-buses


There are bus companies that provide a direct transfer from Henri Coanda OTP-Bucharest  airport  to Constanta.

One good option is
that offers the direct transfer from the airport to the hotel with a mini-bus at the price of 80 lei ~ 18 euro/ single trip.  

The pick-up time is set by the company according to the airplane arrival/ departure, such that the waiting time is minimal. The mini-bus will transfer the passengers from the airport directly to the destination in Constanta or the other way around: http://alt-transportpersoane.ro/en_US/servicii/
Average transfer time: 3 hours

Upon request, the organizers can manage the booking for the participants.  Updated information will be posted.


Option B: Via Bucharest

If you want to travel through Bucharest, at least 2 transfers will be required. This means:
- a bus from the Henri Coanda OTP-Bucharest  airport to the Bucharest North railway station

- a train from Bucharest North railway station to Constanta
- a bus from Constanta railway station to the hotel.

Such a trip will totally cost approx. 70-75 lei ~ 16 euro.


Step 1: Express bus 780 from Henri Coanda OTP-Bucharest  airport to the Bucharest North railway station (Bucuresti – Gara de Nord):


According to the public transport company web site,


busses are working from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: 3,5lei/single trip + 7 lei the magnetic card.

Duration of the trip: 30-60 min.  (depending on the traffic).

Alternative to the bus option, at this step, one can use the transfer offered by the railway company. However, it is longer and it requires an additional transfer (one bus + one train).

Also if you decide to see the center of Bucharest, you can take from the airport the express bus 783 until Universitate bus stop or Piata Unirii. From then on, a metro will be the best option to the North Railway station.



Step 2: Train from Bucharest North railway station to Constanta:


Sample search:

Departure: Bucuresti Nord

Arrival: Constanta

Out of season: 7 trains/ day


Cost: 60 lei/ single trip

Duration of the trip: 2h-2h30min, depending on the connection.


Step 3: Bus 5-40 (or 100 in the season) from Constanta railway station to Malibu Hotel (bus stop: Pescarie in Mamaia resort)


Cost: 1,5-4 lei/ single trip.

Duration of the trip: 15 min.


The time estimation in each step does not include the transfer and waiting time.