Dr John Debs

Ph.D (Physics), B.Sc (Nanotechnology)
Senior Lecturer & Director, ANU MakerSpace
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302
  • Other Education 1399
  • Lasers And Quantum Electronics 020502
  • Atomic And Molecular Physics 020201
  • Degenerate Quantum Gases And Atom Optics 020601
  • Classical And Physical Optics 020501
  • Quantum Optics 020604


Dr Debs is a passionate educator and researcher with a background in Ultra Cold Atomic Phyiscs, and Innovative Physics education. He convenes the nationally recognised course, Foundations of Physics, where students are taught to "think like a physicist". He is also founder and Director of the ANU MakerSpace, a community and place on campus for student and staff to learn by doing, and access tools and resources to build and make anything from artwork to electonics. Dr. Debs has received several education awards, including an Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence in 2017, and the Australian Institute of Physics Education Medal in 2022. 

Researcher's projects

  • Virtual Reality for Physics and STEM Education.
  • The ANU MakerSpace: Openly accessible makerspaces in higher education.

Available student projects

Virtual Reality for Physics and STEM Education

We are looking for students from STEM, arts, and social science backgrounds who are interested in various aspects of Virtual Reality for education.

Potential projects range from develoment of new apps for education, through to educational and social research around efficacy of VR in Physics Education, as well as perceptions and societal impacts. 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  25 April 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers