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Mieke De Cock

Assistant Professor

KU Leuven

Mieke De Cock studied Physics at KU Leuven, where she also obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics (2001). After her PhD, she worked as a medical physicist in the Radiotherapy Department of the University Hospital Brussels.  In 2003, she moved part-time to Artevelde University College, as a lecturer in the mathematics teacher training program.  At the same time, she worked as a senior teaching assistant at KULAK, the Kortrijk campus of KU Leuven, in the teaching team that implemented the new ‘Problem Solving and Design course’ in the first year engineering program. In 2007, she was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy department in KU Leuven. She is responsible for the Physics Teacher Training Program and started a research group on Physics Education. In 2017, she became Professor. The focus of the Physics Education Research group is on conceptual understanding in physics and the interplay between mathematics and physics, both at the secondary school and higher education level.  She collaborates with other research groups both within KU Leuven and internationally (with groups in Ireland, UK, Spain and Germany). Mieke is copromotor of the STEM@school project (, which won the Best Research & Practice Project Award EARLI 2017.


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