The Team

Our Story

The Einstein-First Project started around the time of the first gravitational wave detection under the supervision of UWA Professor David Blair. Researchers involved in the Einstein-First program have collectively been exploring ways to teach gravitational wave discovery and the fundamentals of modern physics to students around Western Australia.

Emeritus Professor David Blair
David G. Blair is an Australian physicist and professor at the University of Western Australia and Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre. Blair works on methods for the detection of gravitational waves. He developed the Einstein-First program in 2013.

Professor Li Ju
Li Ju is a Physicist at the Department of Physics, UWA. She is one of the chief investigators in the Australian Research Council Linkage Project “International collaboration in the teaching and learning of Einsteinian physics at schools”. Her other research interest is on experimental gravitational wave detection techniques.
Adjunct A/ProfessorMarjan Zadnik
Marjan Zadnik at UWA, was the Dean of Teaching and Learning in Science and Engineering, at Curtin University, overseeing the teaching quality of hundreds of academics, and the learning experience of their students. He has won many awards for excellence in teaching, including the AIP Education Medal and a National Teaching Fellowship. He has also won many competitive research and teaching grants. Current educational research projects include measuring the effectiveness of teaching Einsteinian Physics at schools, as well as investigating how students learn in science and engineering laboratory environments.
Dr. Steven Humphry
Steve Humphry specialises in Educational Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at The University of Western Australia. He has extensive experience in the NAPLAN and WALNA large-scale testing programs. His research has focused increasingly on developing novel approaches that allow classroom teachers to reliably assess students in areas not amenable to large-scale testing such as Visual Art and Science Investigations. In Industry work, between 2011 and 2013, A/Prof Humphry has led the Central Analysis of Data project for NAPLAN, on which a team of psychometricians establish NAPLAN literacy and numeracy scales that form the basis for reporting on performance at the Australian, state and territory, school and individual student levels.
Professor David Treagust
David Treagust is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Formerly a secondary science teacher, his research interests are related to understanding students’ ideas about science concepts, how they contribute to conceptual change and can be used to enhance the design of curricula and teachers’ classroom practice.

Dr. Elaine Horne
Dr. Elaine Horne is a Partner Investigator in the Einstein-First ARC Project. She is a science education specialist, past Chair of the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC) Foundation and worked on Einsteinian education committees and boards for 20 years. Dr. Horne was instrumental in producing a Science Education Policy for UNESCO in 2007. She organised World Conferences on science education from 2003 to 2013, providing Keynote opportunities for international dissemination of Einsteinian Physics during that time.

Mr. David Wood
David Wood is a former education and school administrator and physics teacher. In retirement, David works in a voluntary capacity to represent the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia on the Einstein-First program. David’s interests and expertise include: school leadership, reform and improvement; curriculum reform; education program design and implementation; and advancing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools agenda.
Dr. Jyoti Kaur
Tejinder (Jyoti) Kaur completed her Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Western Australia. She is working in the Einstein-First project since 2013. Jyoti has a masters degree in Education as wells as Physics. Jyoti is interested in science education and research.

Mr. Rahul Kumar Choudhary
Rahul has completed his PhD working on this project at the University of Western Australia. Before PhD, Rahul did a Master of Science in Physics from Tezpur University, India where he specialised in Optics. His research interest includes developing Einsteinian physics resources at pre-tertiary and high school levels, and optics. Rahul enjoys teaching science, reading, and travelling.

Mr. Shon Boublil
Shon Boublil is an educational researcher, physicist and an accomplished classical and jazz musician. He hold a bachelor degrees in physics from Concordia University in Montreal and a bachelor degree in music from Berklee in Boston. His master’s degree is in physics education (didactique des sciences physique) at Laval University in Quebec. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in physics and education at the University of Western Australia.

Ms Anastasia Popkova

Anastasia Popkova is currently pursuing her PhD in physics and education at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests are related to the development and implementation of a mathematical curriculum for Einstein Physics. She has a scientific background in physics and mathematics with research in polarization optics and the physics of liquid crystals. Being passionate about education, she has science teaching experience with different aged students, including pre-school. 

Kyla Adams

Kyla Adams is a physicist and science communicator who gained her Bachelor of Science (Physics) at QUT. She then moved to Melbourne to do graduate research in gravitational waves and quantum liquids. Throughout her studies she has been involved with various outreach and mentoring activities. She is currently completing her PhD in physics and education with Einstein-First.

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