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John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour 2017

This year’s AIP youth lecture tour will promote physics to senior high school students and science teachers in a selection of regional centres throughout Queensland.

Commencing in August, Dr Helen Maynard-Casely and Dr Sean Powell will present their lectures in major centres across Queensland.

 

Scroll down to see if they are coming to a school near you!

Event Date City Venue and time
1 Tuesday 8 August Brisbane City, Brisbane

 

Mary Place Level 1

All Hallows’ School

547 Ann Street, Brisbane

3:30 pm for 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Local Host Organiser: Mr Sean Lynch

Sean.Lynch@ahs.qld.edu.au

P: 07 3230 9509

2 Wednesday 9 August

 

Nathan, Brisbane

 

N78_0.11 Lecture Theatre

Griffith University,

Nathan Campus

1:30 pm for 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Local Host Organiser: Nathalie Ferquel

n.ferquel@griffith.edu.au

P: 07 3735 7439

3 Thursday 10 August

 

Toowoomba

 

Lecture Theatre R113

University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba Campus

1:00 pm for 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Local Host Organiser: Ms Karlee Kuzma

Karlee.Kuzma@usq.edu.au

P: 07 3470 4296

4 Friday 11 August

 

Sunshine Coast

 

Ken Thamm Centre Lecture Theatre

Immanuel Lutheran College

Wises Road, Buderim

10:45 am for 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Local Host Organiser: Mrs Cheryl Fillmore

fillmorec@immanuel.qld.edu.au

P: 07 5477 3467

5 Thursday 17 August Townsville

 

Flexible Learning Area
St Margaret Mary’s College

Crowle Street, Hyde Park

1:00 pm for 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Local Host Organiser: Mr Theo Koulakis

tkoulakis@smmc.catholic.edu.au

P: 07 4726 4900

6 Friday 18 August Cairns

 

The Auditorium

Redlynch State College

Jungara Road, Redlynch

1:00 pm for 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Local Host Organiser: Ms Allison Sneddon

asned2@eq.edu.au

P: 07 4039 9222

       
+1 Monday 7 August Mount Isa* Multimedia Centre

Spinifex College, Mount Isa2:00 pm for 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

*Guest lecture delivered by Sean Powell in 2017

Local Host Organiser: Mr Grant Salmond

gsalm6@eq.edu.auP: 07 4744 7222

Dr Katie Mack – Women in Physics Lecture Tour 2017 – VIC 14 -15 August

Dr Katie Mack is the Women in Physics Lecturer for 2017.

See if she is coming to a location near you!

 

14th August – Bendigo, Victoria

Event: Public lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: La Trobe University

When: 12.00pm

 

15th August – Bundoora and Melbourne, Victoria

Event: Girls In Physics Breakfast

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask.

Where: La Trobe University, Bundoora

When: 7am

 

Event: Public Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: The Laby Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne

When: 6.30pm

Dr Katie Mack – Women in Physics Lecture Tour 2017 – TAS & SA 7 -11 August

Dr Katie Mack is the Women in Physics Lecturer for 2017.

See if she is coming to a location near you!

 

7th August – Devonport and Launceston, Tasmania

Event: School Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: Don College

When: 8.45am

 

Event: School Lecture

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask

Where: Launceston College

When: 1.00pm

 

8th August – Hobart, Tasmania

Event: School Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: Elizabeth College

When: 9.00am – 10.00am

 

Event: School Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: The Friend’s School – The Farrall Centre

When: 12.00pm – 12.45pm

 

Event: Public Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Sandy Bay Campus, University of Tasmania

When: 8.00pm

 

9th August – Hobart, Tasmania

Event: School Lecture

Topic: TBA

Where: Taroona State High School

When: 9.40am

 

Event: School Lecture

Topic: TBA

Where: Ogilvie High School

When: 11.40am

 

10th August – Adelaide, South Australia

Event: School Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: Eastern Fleurieu School

When: 10.00am

 

Event: Afternoon Tea

Topic: STEM women

Where: Physical and Chemical Sciences Tea Room, Flinders University

When: 2.00pm-3.00pm

 

Event: Public Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: University of Adelaide, Napier G04

When: 7.30pm

 

11th August – Adelaide, South Australia

Event: Department Colloquium

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask.

Where: Physics Building Room 121, University of Adelaide

When: 12.00pm-1.00pm

 

 

 

Dr Katie Mack – Women in Physics Lecture Tour – QLD & ACT 24-28 July

Dr Katie Mack is the  2017 Women in Physics Lecturer. 

 See if she coming to a location near you!

 

24th July – Toowoomba, Queensland

Event: Student Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: R113, University of Southern Queensland

When: 1.15 – 2.15 pm

 

Event: Public Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: R113, University of Southern Queensland

When: 5.30pm – 6.30 pm

 

25th July, Ipswich and Brisbane, Queensland

Event: School Lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: Bundamba State Secondary College

When: 10.15am-11.15

 

Event: School Lecture and Q&A

Topic: TBA

Where: MacGregor State High School

When: 1pm-2.30pm

 

26th July, Brisbane, Queensland

Event: UQ Colloquium

Topic: Dark Matter, First Light

Where: Room 67-142, UQ – St Lucia campus

When: 1.00pm-2.00pm

 

27th July, Canberra, ACT

Event: Girls In Physics Breakfast

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (And Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: ANU Physics Link Building #38A Ground floor (Enter from the union court side of the building.)

When: 7am – 8.45am

 

Event: Public Lecture

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask.

Where: Western Theatre, ANU Campus

When: 7pm

 

28th July – Canberra, ACT

Event: School Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: Melba Copland School

When: 9.00am – 11.00am

 

Event: School Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: Radford College

When: 12.45pm – 1.45pm

 

Event: School Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: Canberra Girls Grammar

When: 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Katie Mack tour dates; have your say on 2018 Congress program; fusion, funding, honours; and more – Physics in July

Professor Andrew PeeleInterim Director, Australian SynchrotronThis year’s much-anticipated Women in Physics lecture tour will see Dr Katie Mack undertake a massive schedule of talks at schools and universities across the country this July and August.

The tour includes a public lecture in most states and territories titled “Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask”. So, bookmark the scheduled dates listed in this month’s bulletin to have all your questions about Dark Matter and the mysteries of the Universe answered by one of Australia’s most inspiring women in physics.

In fact, July sees a feast of public lectures across the country, many of them also listed in this bulletin. Which serves as a timely reminder – if you have an event that is physics related we’re happy to promote it for you. All you have to do is Submit Your Event to the Australian physics calendar via the link on the AIP website. We’ll then include it in this bulletin and promote it via our social media too, on Facebook and Twitter.

While there is much to anticipate there has also been much to celebrate – this edition of the bulletin reports on physicists recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours and recent grant and award successes from members of the AIP and the Australian physics community. Which just goes to show that it is not just July that is a great month in physics – every month has something for physicists in the AIP.

Being informed and active in the areas highlighted in the bulletin, and more, are part of being a member of the AIP. If you would like to become a member or to renew your membership, go to aip.org.au/joining-the-aip

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au
Continue reading Katie Mack tour dates; have your say on 2018 Congress program; fusion, funding, honours; and more – Physics in July

Postgraduate Day – UNSW (14 Nov)

The NSW AIP Branch will hold it’s Annual Postgraduate Awards Day on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the University of New South Wales, Business School Lounge on the top floor of the Australian School of Business, Kensington Campus. Each NSW University can nominate one student to compete for the $500 prize and Postgraduate medal on that day. Students will make a 20-minute presentation on their postgraduate research in Physics

The Royal Society of NSW will also award the Jak Kelly Scholarship prize of $500 as a separate award category for this event. These awards have been created to encourage excellence in postgraduate work, and all nominees who participate in the Postgraduate Awards Day will receive a special certificate recognising the nominee’s high standing.

AIP Postgraduate Awards SCHEDULE BOOKLET-2017.

UNSW KensingtonCampus

Perth 2018, the AIP Congress heads west; success in physics education; events, prizes and more: Physics in June

Australian Institute of Physics members can look forward to some exciting activities in the times ahead.

In thisProfessor Andrew PeeleInterim Director, Australian Synchrotron bulletin, we announce that the 2018 AIP Congress will be held in Perth. More on that below.

But in the meantime, the inaugural Summer Meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics will be hosted by the University of New South Wales from 3 – 8 December 2017.

This meeting will be a cheaper version of our major biennial congress held in the between years. With its lower registration costs it will be more accessible to members, particularly students and early-career physicists. Although cheaper, we’ll still be delivering a comprehensive science program, covering the same range of topics as the full Congress. For more information follow the conference webpage at www.aip2017.org.au.

We also have an exciting opportunity for the right member wanting the right challenge to become the next Editor of our bi-monthly Australian Physics journal. What better way could there be to get a ringside seat on the latest developments in Australian physics? If you’re interested in the role please email myself or current editor Brian James (b.james@sydney.edu.au) for more details.

And for two of our AIP members in particular, some very exciting times.

Congratulations to Dr Maria Parappilly – physics lecturer at Flinders University and head of the AIP’s Physics Education Group – on winning an International award in Teaching Innovation (Physics). She will travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada to receive her award in June.

Also to Professor Susan Scott who has been selected to join an international team of 80 women for the Homeward Bound 2018 program. This 12-month leadership program aims to heighten the impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet over the next decade and culminates in a 3-week female expedition to Antarctica in February-March 2018. We look forward to hearing about her experience on her return.

Being informed and active in the areas highlighted in the bulletin, and more, are part of being a member of the AIP. If you would like to become a member or to renew your membership, go to aip.org.au/joining-the-aip

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

Continue reading Perth 2018, the AIP Congress heads west; success in physics education; events, prizes and more: Physics in June

Diversity in science; Aussie physicists recognised by IUPAP; where could physics take your career – a new guide; and more – Physics in May

This month we celebrate some young achievers, discuss the implications of the 457 visa changes, invite nominations for the AIP prizes, and preview the new international physics careers guide. Professor Andrew PeeleInterim Director, Australian Synchrotron

I’d like to begin by highlighting the achievement of AIP member Dr Mohsen Rahmani from the ANU, who has won the 2017 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics (Fundamental Aspects).

Australia plays an important international role in the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics with a number of members of IUPAP Commissions and, indeed the chair of IUPAP is currently an AIP member—Professor Bruce McKellar.

Diversity in our workplace and in our collaborations is a way of bringing new ideas and approaches into what we do. Sometimes diversity in areas other than gender representation gets overlooked in the discussion, but diversity in nationality, and to some extent ethnicity, is one that science and physics has traditionally incorporated intuitively—for instance through the many large scale international physics collaborations that are undertaken.

In this bulletin there are two items relating to diversity: first, an opportunity to assist researchers running a research project to find out what drives the success and well-being of indigenous and non-indigenous professionals; and second, some important information about the recent 457 visa changes, which may impact the future ability of institutions to continue current levels of international collaboration and training.

Also related to the future of physics—members and non-members alike who are looking for a career in physics would be well advised to take a look at the Institute of Physics 2017 edition of Physics World Careers. If you are an AIP member, remember one of the benefits of membership is a healthy discount on the IOP membership fee.

Being informed and active in the areas highlighted in the bulletin, and more, are part of being a member of the AIP. If you would like to become a member or to renew your membership, go to aip.org.au/joining-the-aip

Kind regards,

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

Continue reading Diversity in science; Aussie physicists recognised by IUPAP; where could physics take your career – a new guide; and more – Physics in May

Katie Mack is the 2017 Women in Physics lecturer; space films & podcasts; physics prizes; and more – Physics in April

Professor Andrew PeeleInterim Director, Australian SynchrotronOne of the special things an organisation like the AIP can do is to support people doing wonderful things for physics. One way we do this is through the Women in Physics lecture tour, which celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics is selected to present lectures in venues arranged by each participating state branch of the AIP.

The AIP has been running the Women in Physics lecture series since 1997 and this edition of the bulletin introduces a new Women in Physics lecturer—Dr Katie Mack—who is not only doing world-leading research but is also an inspired and effective communicator. More on Katie below.

Another important way to support physics is by being informed about issues that affect our discipline, and science more broadly, and by being prepared to advocate for science. Some of our members have taken this to heart and have decided to join in the March for Science on April 22.  The AIP endorses the March objectives. More below on how you can be involved.

While on the topic of being informed, the Australian Government has recently released its National Science Statement, which sets out a framework to guide investment and decision making in the longer term. The document is part of a process to formulate and support a strategic plan for the innovation, science and research system to 2030. I encourage all AIP members to be aware of and to have opinions about the National Science Statement. More on this below.

Being informed and part of all these areas, and more, are part of being a member of the AIP. If you would like to become a member or to renew your membership, go to aip.org.au/joining-the-aip

Kind regards,

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

Continue reading Katie Mack is the 2017 Women in Physics lecturer; space films & podcasts; physics prizes; and more – Physics in April

Welcoming a new committee; a review of the Physics Decadal Plan; physics prizes; and more: Physics in March

Professor Andrew PeeleInterim Director, Australian SynchrotronThere is a lot to be excited about in physics and the Australian Institute of Physics in 2017. We have some new members and people in new roles on the AIP executive committee this year and I am delighted to welcome them to the team. We are looking forward to exploring physics in Australia throughout the year and bringing it to this audience. More on the new committee below.

I recently had the pleasure of writing my first president’s column for the Australian Physics magazine and there is nothing like reflecting on what we do as an organisation to bring the inherent strength and value of the AIP into focus.

We are an institute that has a rich tradition of promoting, protecting and practicing physics and Australian Physics is a great example of this. Under the guiding hand of Brian James, this magazine is a fascinating mix of physics from around the country and provides real insight into the varied research and achievements of our colleagues.  Continue reading Welcoming a new committee; a review of the Physics Decadal Plan; physics prizes; and more: Physics in March