Leiden University logo.

nl en

Milan Allan

For physicist Milan Allan, teaching is rewarding. ‘It is wonderful to see students grow and understand complex subject matter that they did not understand at first. And each time I prepare and teach a class, I learn something new about the content.’ In addition, teaching offers him perspective. ‘Sometimes, when research does not go well, teaching reminds you that your most important impact is in training the next generation.’

‘Teaching is rewarding: it is wonderful to see students grow and understand complex subject matter that they did not understand at first’

Allan finds good preparation and a deep understanding of content very important for the success of his lectures. ‘One needs to think about the subject from all possible angles before explaining it. Then there is the balance between being challenging enough for the best students and not losing the lesser ones at the same time.’ He is always looking for ways to ‘activate’ students and make them interact with each other, and according to his students, he does this well: ‘Milan Allan excels in his unconventional approach to the lectures: he makes his lectures interactive and uses student input in creative and engaging ways.’

Interdisciplinarity plays an important role in Allan’s teaching style. ‘Science is interdisciplinary by nature, but a separation into disciplines helps to look at nature from different angles and with different methodologies. Still, it’s important to be able to cross the borders between the disciplines.’ He achieves this by making connections with both technology and chemistry in his classes, and by showing how the concepts at hand are explained in these fields. ‘Additionally, I try to bring in the historical context of discoveries.’

Nominated for the courses: Modern Physics Research | The Electronic Structure of Solids
This website uses cookies.