Joint Network for Informal Physics Education and Research

JNIPER teaches scientists to engage with the public as informal educators through training, tools, and events.
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JNIPER teaches you to effectively engage with the public on physics topics as well as how to assess and advocate for your informal physics education work.

Community members come from both inside and outside academia with a range of public engagement backgrounds, from novice to experienced.

By joining JNIPER, you can:

  • Expand your public engagement network or get involved for the first time
  • Play a vital role in shaping public engagement in physics
  • Participate in or lead monthly virtual coffee hours
  • Share resources and discuss informal physics education on Slack
  • Attend special sessions at APS events

New resources, such as the JNIPER academy, mentoring programs, and workshops are always in the pipeline.

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Upcoming events

The JNIPER coffee hours are monthly, virtual events to discuss topics such as online citizen science projects, university science outreach programs, advocating for public engagement and more.


    JNIPER serves as convening space for the physics community's informal physics education efforts, empowering the physics community to advance informal physics education through effective public engagement and research-to-practice partnerships.

    Our vision is to improve the perceived value of public engagement in physics, broadening participation in physics through research-backed programs and cultural competency with a focus on equity.

    Informal physics education

    Informal physics education, also known as public engagement in physics, promotes curiosity and excitement toward physics in a range of audiences. Many researchers study effective practices in informal physics education and its impact.

    Common examples of informal physics education include:

    • Science camps
    • After-school programs
    • Museum exhibits
    • Demo shows
    • Podcasts


    Email the APS Public Engagement team with questions or for more information about JNIPER.


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