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April 2018

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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The Quantum Revolution in Science and Technology

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Miegunyah Lecture in Physics Modern research instruments can measure spectacularly small changes of length, time or energy. These devices use the quantum behaviour of atoms and light to achieve their extraordinary sensitivity, and that in turn is being used to probe the quantum world with ever more subtlety. For example, by studying the shape of the electron we can learn about high-energy physics that gave birth to our universe; by sensing weak forces between objects on earth we can find…

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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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UQ SASS – Bar Trek

$30

Space, the big black thing... These are the voyages of the Starship SASS. It's one night mission: To crawl around Brisbane, explore new dance floors, and to seek out strange new beverages. To boldly go where no pub crawl has been before...the RE. Embark aboard the Starship SASS on its maiden voyage as the club begins its trek into deep space. To get there, WE NEED YOU! Enlist in Starfleet on the 3rd of April, select your crew position and…

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Director’s Colloquium Neutrino window on the universe

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Associate Professor Jenni Adams University of Canterbury, New Zealand Neutrinos offer a unique view of the high-energy Universe. Unlike photons or charged particles, neutrinos can travel across the Universe without interference as they are not absorbed by matter, nor are their trajectories bent by magnetic fields. IceCube is the world's largest neutrino detector, instrumenting a cubic kilometre of ice below the South Pole. With IceCube, we use neutrino observations to study the high-energy universe and, in particular, to investigate the…

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May 2018

Telstra’s Power of Engineering event for year 9 and 10 female students

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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QUT's Power of Engineering event is a fully funded, one-day program for female students in Years 9 and 10.  We are excited to partner with Telstra to run this event. Do you think engineering has the power to change the world? More and more women in Australia are making a real difference through a career in engineering. You’re invited to nominate female students in Years 9 and 10 from your school to attend this FREE one-day event. The event will…

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Testing cosmological foundations

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The nature of dark energy is the biggest problem in cosmology. But the answer may not be very different to what most cosmologists assume. General relativity is not a complete theory. It leaves many important questions unanswered, including the nature of gravitational energy. This is directly relevant to an important observational fact: the Universe is a very inhomogeneous cosmic web on the small scales on which general relativity is actually tested. How one fits one geometry inside another to arrive…

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Colloquium: Self-consistent UV emission and absorption line diagnostics

May 3 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Swinburne University Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

UV diagnostics are critical for the study of high-redshift galaxies, given that commonly-used optical emission line diagnostics become observationally unavailable as they redshift out of wavelength regimes accessible from the ground. UV emission in galaxies is dominated by flux produced by young massive stars, along with line and continuum emission from ionized gas in the ISM. In this work, I assess the diagnostic potential of both absorption and emission features in the UV, using models that simultaneously and self-consistently consider…

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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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Colloquium: Evolution of star formation and dust properties of galaxies over cosmic time

Sarah Leslie (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) It is now well established that the star-formation activity of our Universe increased from the very early epochs, peaked around z=2, and then decreased by an order of magnitude until present age. However, the exact contribution of different galaxy populations to the total SFR budget is not yet well-defined. Further progress in this area requires both a better understanding (or calibration) of SFR tracers used as well as deep observations of such tracers. The…

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Light Play

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Play with light at our International Day of Light event with QUT’s leading light-driven chemistry team, and hear from world-leading experts on the use of light in new and innovative applications. Switch on your knowledge by experimenting with light at our interactive displays. Light is life, from the colour of flowers to the photosynthesis in plants and the production of vitamin D in humans. As science has progressed, light-driven technologies have become an integral part of everyday life and advanced…

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Closing in on the HIdden universe

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Dr. Michelle Cluver, ARC Future Fellow, Senior Lecturer Swinburne University Email: michelle.cluver@gmail.com As the experiments looking to detect dark matter close in (coming from different directions on the Feynman Diagram), a small fraction of the baryon community is quietly anticipating a window on the universe (21cm neutral hydrogen) to de-fog a little. While theoretical simulators continue to grapple with the challenges of “mocking the universe”, observers can focus on refining (or even just beginning to understand) the prescriptive, previously sub-grid, physics and…

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The lithium-rich giant star puzzle

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Dr. Andy Casey, Postdoctoral Fellow Monash University Email: andrew.casey@monash.edu All theoretical models of stellar evolution predict that most of the lithium inside a star is destroyed as the star becomes a red giant. However, observations reveal that about 1% of red giants are peculiarly rich in lithium, often exceeding the amount in the interstellar medium or predicted from the Big Bang. With only 151 lithium-rich giants discovered in the past four decades, and no distinguishable properties other than lithium enhancement, the origin…

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