ALPhA organizes periodic conferences dedicated to advanced physics laboratory instruction. These conferences bring together laboratory instructors and commercial equipment vendors to share effective lab curricula, teaching methods, and experiments. Each conference includes speakers, small-group hands-on laboratory workshops, poster sessions, and time for discussion and networking. The Beyond the First Year (BFY) Conference is our national 3-day meeting and is on a 4-year cycle. Regional Conferences occur in non-BFY years and are day conferences. In addition, ALPhA has open meetings at the AAPT and APS meetings.
Regional Meetings bring together local ALPhA members to discuss advanced laboratory experiments, curricula, and teaching. Please see our Information about Regions to locate your Region or to find out information about your local Regional Director. In addition, ALPhA sessions have been held at AAPT/APS meetings.
2021 vBFY July 29, 2021 -- All Regional Meetings during the pandemic have been transformed into one virtual BFY meeting. We anticipate Regional Meetings to resume after the pandemic.
2020 New York Regional Meeting June 12, 2020 -- Now a VIRTUAL meeting.
Beyond the First Year (BFY) Conferences are National Meetings of ALPhA where we discuss advanced laboratory experiments, curriculum, and teaching beyond the first year of college. BFY Conferences are held just before the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting. Currently, we are on a 4 year cycle with the next meeting being held in 2022.
2023 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College (BFY4) - in conjunction with AAPT SM23.
2021 Virtual Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College (vBFY) - in conjunction with AAPT SM21. Meeting will be virtual over zoom. Click here for materials from workshops and talks.
2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College (BFY III) at Loyola University Maryland, July 25-27, 2018. Compadre Conference Proceedings for 2018.
2015 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College (BFY II) at the University of Maryland, July 22-24, 2015. Compadre Conference Proceedings for 2015.
2012 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College (BFY I) at the University of Pennsylvania/Drexel University
2009 Topical Conference on Advanced Laboratories, at the University of Michigan was cosponsored by ALPhA, AAPT, and the APS. This conference drew widespread interest and over a hundred attendees, and confirmed the need for more focus on the advanced laboratory instruction.