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Research interests

I grew up in Germany, where I did a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics at the University of Münster and my postgraduate study, at the University of Köln (Cologne). For my thesis research at the Max-Planck-Institute of Radio Astronomy in Bonn, I developed a sub-mm ring laser for far-infrared spectroscopy. In 1994 I moved to the Netherlands and graduated at the quantum optics group at the University of Leiden on “Infrared detection- and mixing properties of MIM diodes".

By chance, I became a substitute teacher at a local high school and discovered my passion for teaching. I, therefore, decided to start a career as a high school teacher for physics and mathematics. I especially enjoyed sharing my research experience and explaining modern physics. In my classes, I prefer to not strictly follow any textbook method, rather adapt the content and kind of presentations to the students in the classroom ‘on the flight’. I especially enjoyed being part of a group of teachers who were developing and testing a new physics curriculum for modern physics (PMN and NiNa).  

I was contented when quantum physics became part of the regular physics high school curriculum in the Netherlands. At the same time, however, I was aware of the fact that exam requirements could reduce quantum physics to unconnected, testable item. I was interested in finding out which parts of quantum physics were important, fascinating and suitable for secondary school students. In 2016 I got the chance to do this in a PhD project at the University of Groningen.

The working title of my research project is: Quantum Physics in Upper Secondary Schools – Why? What? How? The relation between learning quantum concepts and students’ beliefs about Nature of Science.

Working Experience

2002 - now Physics teacher at the Praedinius Gymnasium in Groningen

1995 - 2002 Teacher of physics and mathematics at the Athenaeum College Hageveld, Heemstede

1995 Physics teacher at the Johan de Witt College in The Hague

1994 - 1995  Physics teacher at the Groene Hart Lyceum in Alphen aan den Rijn

1992 - 1993  Scientific assistant at the "Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy" in Bonn, Germany work areas: Submm ring lasers, far-infrared spectroscopy



1985 - 1987 Bachelor study physics and mathematics at the FW Universität Münster, Germany

1987 - 1993 Postgraduate study of  physics and mathematics at the University of Cologne, Germany

1990 - 1991 Research project at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.

1993 - 1994 Research in quantum optics group at the Huygens Laboratory, Leiden

1994 Master of Science thesis entitled "Infrared detection and mixing properties of MIM diodes", University of Leiden, Netherlands

1995 MSc physics education, University of Leiden / Delft

1996 MSc mathematics education, University of Leiden ICLON


Qualifications, fellowships, awards

1988 – 1992 Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer foundation

2002 – 2006 Teacher of the Project Modern Physics (PMN)

2006 - 2015  Collaboration with the national working group for the experimental New Physics (NiNa) curriculum and pilot exam

2009 Awarded as 'Physics teacher of the year' by the Netherlands' Physical Society (NNV)

2012 Supervisor of the Dutch team at the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT) in Bad Saulgau, Germany

2015 Selected as a member of the Dutch team of teachers at the European conference ‘Science on Stage’ in London

2019 Supervisor of the Dutch winning team of the CERN 'Beamline for schools' competition

2006 - now Coordinator of students' scientific field trips and competitions and olympiads at Praedinius Gymnasium 

Abstracts/conference contributions

  • Presentation Comparison and Analysis of Quantum Physics in Secondary School Curricula of 15 Different Countries for GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  • Abstract Investigating the interaction between Learning about Nature of Science and Quantum Physics in Secondary Schools for GIREP 2018 conference, accepted, not participated
  • Poster presentation and oral presentation: Stadermann, H. K. E., Goedhart, M. J., & Timmermans, R. G. E. (2018). Quantum physics in secondary education: The relation between learning quantum physics concepts and students’ beliefs about nature of science, at ESERA summer school 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Abstract for oral presentation“The students like it more than I do” What do Teachers use to teach about the Nature of Science in Secondary School Quantum Physics, for GIREP 2019 conference, Budapest, Hungary
  • Abstract for poster presentation Investigating the interaction between learning about the nature of science and quantum physics in secondary schools, for ESERA 2019 conference, Bologna, Italy
  • Abstract “You have to think differently than the people before you!” Students’ Views of Nature of Science in Quantum Physics for oral contribution to symposium Philosophical and conceptual challenges in quantum physics education, for ESERA 2019 conference, Bologna, Italy


Scientific publications

  • Stadermann, H. K. E., van den Berg, E., & Goedhart, M. J. (2019). Analysis of secondary school quantum physics curricula of 15 different countries: Different perspectives on a challenging topic. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), 010130.
  • Masalmeh, S. K., Stadermann, H. K. E., & Korving, J. (1996). Mixing and rectification properties of MIM diodes. Physica B: Condensed Matter, 218(1-4), 56-59.
  • Stadermann, H. K. E. (1991, October). Research on an optically FIR-ringlaser. In 16th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves (Vol. 1576, p. 15761L). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
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