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Einstein Lecture – Dr Karl (16 Aug) – USyd

What are you doing during Science Week? See and listen to Australia’s most well-known science communicator who has the passion of a modern day Julius Sumner Miller. Think you have seen and heard all this science stuff before – No!  Dr Karl has much much more fascinating things in store for you and the family. Things suitable from scientists to ‘Joe in the street’ and its all in the wonderful brand new Nanoscience Hub at Sydney University. See you there.

Einstein Lecture 2017

Public Lectures – 17 & 18 May 2017

2017 Alexander and Leicester McAulay Winter Lecture Series

Australian Institute of Physics – Tasmanian Branch

Physics, Power and Climate Change

Wednesday 17th of May 2017, 8.00-9.00 pm
Physics lecture Theatre 1
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
Thursday 18th of May 2017, 1.25-2.25 pm
F Block Theatre
Launceston College, 107-119 Patterson St, Launceston

 

Professor David Jamieson
University of Melbourne

Although the human responses to climate change are volatile, the laws of Physics are not. Since the 1905 Chemistry Nobel laureate Svante Arrhenius first modelled the greenhouse effect on the temperature of our planet little has changed from his prediction of a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature rise for a doubling of the 1905 carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  Today, with greatly improved physical models, the prediction is between 2 and 4.5 degrees under the same scenario.  Physics helps us understand the past, present and future scenarios for the climate of our planet.  Working out what to do about our emissions and climate change requires us to look at our present and future energy budget.  But it is power that drives our civilisation, not energy.  The paths from energy to power are constrained by the unbreakable laws of entropy.  This lecture explains entropy and the big challenges involved in charting the uncertain future.  Please bring your smartphone to participate in the online polling during the lecture!

Further details: Hobart – Andrew Klekociuk (M 0418 323 341, E aip_branchsecretary_tas@aip.org.au), Launceston – Jason Dicker (M 0438 401 063, aip_branchchair_tas@aip.org.au)

http://www.events.utas.edu.au/2017/may/physics,-power-and-climate-change

 

Welcome to the WA branch of the AIP

We have a few events coming up this year, and we are also planning the AIP Congress 2018 in Perth. If you are interested in having an active role with the AIP, please contact Gerd Schröder-Turk at aip_branchchair_wa@aip.org.au.
We have a few General Meetings for you to hear about physics in Western Australia and we are planning on building our ties with other science communities in Perth.

The Committee for 2017 is;
Gerd Schröder-Turk
Andrea F Biondo
David Parlevliet
Dean Leggo
Diana Tomazos
Elaine Walker
Hữu Đặng
John Chapman
John Ferreirinho
Marjan Zadnik
Peter Metaxas
Mitchell Chiew
Rick Hughes

Bronze Bragg presentation and lecture

The Australian Institute of Physics (SA branch)

Physics, Power and Climate Change

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 at 6.30 to 7.45 pm
Napier 102 lecture theatre
1st floor, Napier Building,
University of Adelaide (off Victoria Drive)

Professor David Jamieson
University of Melbourne

Although the human responses to climate change are volatile, the laws of Physics are not. Since the 1905 Chemistry Noble laureate Svante Arrhenius first modelled the greenhouse effect on the temperature of our planet little has changed from his prediction of a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature rise for a doubling of the 1905 carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  Today, with greatly improved physical models, the prediction is between 2 and 4.5 degrees under the same scenario.  Physics helps us understand the past, present and future scenarios for the climate of our planet.  Working out what to do about our emissions and climate change requires us to look at our present and future energy budget.  But it is power that drives our civilisation, not energy.  The paths from energy to power are constrained by the unbreakable laws of entropy.  This lecture explains entropy and the big challenges involved in charting the uncertain future.  Please bring your smartphone to participate in the online polling during the lecture!

The Bronze Bragg medal and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture. The medal is awarded for the best performance in 2016 in Physics in the Stage 2 SACE assessments, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit.

The presentation and lecture will be held in the Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, Napier Building, 1st floor, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, north from Pulteney St., at 6.30pm. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend. We are obliged for security reasons to keep the front door of the building attended, so please arrive before 6.30pm. Bookings are not available. The doors must be closed if all seats are taken. Refreshments will be available from 6:00 pm.

Enquires: Email via aip_branchsecretary_sa@aip.org.au  mob: 0427 711 815.

Physics in the Pub

Date: Friday 24th March 2017
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Venue: Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax St
Cost: Hopefully zero

Grab a drink and a snack in a relaxed pub environment and listen to local physicists talking and laughing about their research. Eight snappy physics acts, eight minutes long from local physicists working on astronomy, quantum physics, geophysics and more.

Register at: Eventbrite

Silver Bragg Medal 2016

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Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Joshua Crilly in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at the University of Adelaide.

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Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Jordan Wray in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at Flinders University.

Bronze Bragg Medal 2016

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Professor Gunther Andersson (SA branch Chair) presented the Bronze Bragg medal to James Petchey for outstanding achievement in Physics in the 2015 SACE Stage 2 assessments. Following the presentation A/Prof. Gary Hill (right) gave a public lecture titled “Neutrinos, the Nobel Prize and a New Window on the Universe”.