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March 2018

World Science Festival Brisbane

Free – $100

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’, the World Science Festival – founded by renowned Physicist Professor Brian Greene and Emmy award-winning journalist Tracy Day – has been held annually in New York for a decade. World Science Festival explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations. Queensland Museum Network has secured the exclusive licence to host World Science Festival…

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April 2018

Grand Challenge Lecture: Innovation Must Become the Core of National Priority Settings @ GP

Free

Join us as we hear from Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA), discuss ISA’s strategic plan for Australia to thrive in the global innovation race. OVERVIEW Innovation Must Become the Core of National Priority Settings Released in January 2018, Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation is a strategic plan for Australia’s innovation, science and research system out to 2030. It provides a national roadmap for action to strengthen Australia’s innovation performance, with the goal of transforming Australia into an…

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ET phone Dalby

April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$6

The search for extraterrestrial life is happening within our own backyard! Toowoomba astronomers are pushing the planetary frontier, assisting NASA in discovering planets and potential liveable worlds beyond our solar system. Come to Dalby's Mary Commerical Hotel, on a journey through time and space, exploring where life might arise within our own galaxy and discover how astronomers search for these mysterious worlds. Planet hunting Belinda Nicholson (PhD Candidate, University of Southern Queensland)  @austronomer We're going on a planet hunt... we're…

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Quintessential quantum physics

$6

What makes the universe tick? Can atoms cast shadows? The second night of Pint of Science will provide answers to these and other quantum physics questions as two researchers from Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics present their work. Be sure to bring a friend, because on Tuesdays the kitchen at Parky puts on an awesome deal: buy one main meal, get the second for $7. What makes the Universe tick? Professor Joan Vacarro (Professor, Griffith University)  @JoanVac I'll show how time…

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UQ Physics Colloquium

April 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Professor Michael Hudson, University of Waterloo

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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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Rethinking energy and coal

April 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$6

It won't take much energy to enjoy these talks! Come to the Catchment where beer will help us learn about Australia's electricity network, and coal will teach us about the history of evolution. Test your trivia skills for some Pint of Science prizes and enjoy some delicious food and drink! Electricity is (sort of) like beer Dr John Gardner (Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO)  @CSIROnews Using beer as an example, I'll explain how the electricity network in Australia operates, why prices have…

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The many faces of venom and art

April 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$6

Want to enjoy a pint, but not sure which science you want to hear about? The Catchment Brewing Co. has got you covered on Tuesday, with an incredible double hitter - one talk on how spider venoms can be used for drugs, and one talk about science communication and art. You won't want to miss this. Art + Science = ? David Harris (Artscience Researcher, QCA-Griffith University/Physics Museum Curator, University of Queensland)  @physicsdavid When art and science meet, what comes out…

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May 2018

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

May 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

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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Physics Careers Evening

May 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
QUT Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, QUT, 2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4001 Australia
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Free

This is a free public event aimed at undergraduates and high school students in the SE QLD region. Four qualified physicists, representing a diverse selection of careers, will share their experiences of successfully finding opportunities in both research and other professions. This will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for further informal discussion with the speakers. RSVP required by 27 Apr 2018.

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Australian Tour | “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” featuring Apollo 16 astronaut, Charlie Duke, and Apollo mission control flight director, Gerry Griffin, live on stage

May 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The producers of 'THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON', HAVILAND DIGITAL, in association with LIVE ON STAGE AUSTRALIA, proudly present the Australian film premiere of: MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo Including a special Q&A with Brigadier General USAF (Ret.), legendary Apollo 16 astronaut and Moonwalker, CHARLIE DUKE, and Apollo mission control flight director, Gerry Griffin, live on stage in Australia during May 2018. With a special producer's tribute to CAPTAIN GENE CERNAN. Hosted by acclaimed Australian astrophysicist, Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith.

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Light Play

Free

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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Here comes the future: AI and 3D printing

May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$6

See into the future with us at the Normanby! Our sources say there will be talks on strategic foresight and the medical applications of 3D printing. Eat, drink, and have a go at trivia to win some cool Pint of Science prizes. We're predicting an all-around good time! Seeing the future Dr Stefan Hajkowicz (Principal Scientist, Data61, CSIRO)  @stefanhajkowicz Ok, so we can't see the future. But we can use scenario planning, horizon scanning, megatrends analysis, statistical forecasting and other tools…

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Scintillating tech

$6

Can smart phones help those who suffer diseases like diabetes and heart disease? How do shiny mirrors aid our quest in cosmic exploration? Toowoomba's Irish Club Hotel will have pint's filled with science, exploring smartphone technologies use in disease management and what shiny things astronomers use to allow us to explore the universe from the comfort of our own planet. An app a day keeps the doctor at bay Dr Marlien Varnfield (Research Team Leader, CSIRO) I will show how smartphone…

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Farming fuel

$6

$10 Pizza and agricultural advances. Opportunity from a menace: a feral problem Dr Justin Perry (Research Scientist, CSIRO) Feral animals are a massive problem in Australia. Every year land managers, state and federal governments spend millions of dollars controlling feral animals with limited long term success. Can we turn the menace into an opportunity? A new sprayable biodegradable technology Dr Keith Bristow (Team Leader, Soil Physics and Hydrology, CSIRO) A new sprayable biodegradable product to replace petroleum based plastic mulch films used…

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Astrocamp 2018

May 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$50

Stars, a borderline mythical sky object to us city dwellers. Beautiful objects apparently littered throughout our night sky forming beautiful nebula and galaxies which can supposedly be seen with our naked eye. The only way for us to see this amazing nighttime spectacle is to leave the confines of the city lights and go somewhere darker. Come and join PAIN over the mid year break for the 20th Anniversary special edition of Astrocamp. We venture out of the city to…

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June 2018

The Julia Scientific Computing Language – And a Statistics Book

June 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Julia scientific programming language is making a positive impression on numerical analysts, data-scientists and even statisticians. This high level language aims to break the “2 language problem” by allowing development that is almost as easy as with Matlab, R or Python and execution running at speeds comparable to C or Fortran. There is no introductory statistics book for this language, so together with Hayden Klok, we embarked on the fun adventure of writing one. We are now at the…

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Hitchin Systems in Mathematics and Beyond – Steven Rayan (University of Saskatchewan)

June 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Hitchin system, discovered in 1987, is a moduli space arising from the geometric study of the Yang-Mills equations on Riemann surfaces. Over the past 30 years it has become both a unifying structure and an important tool for probing many questions at the interface of complex algebraic geometry, representation theory, and integrable systems. A strong case can be made for the claim that all roads lead to the Hitchin system, at least so far as these subjects are concerned.…

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An entropy-based measure for comparing distributions

June 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this talk, I will develop an entropy-based measure called case-based entropy which can be used to compare the diversity of distributions. The measure is based on computing the support of a Shannon-equivalent equi-probable distribution. It also has the capacity to compare whole or parts of distribution in a scale-free manner. I will develop the main idea from scratch and will keep the talk accessible to graduate students and researchers alike. The utility of the measure is still being explored,…

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Manufacturing the Future – Queensland

Free

Manufacturing in Australia must adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies, digitalisation, global competition and changing markets. CSIRO Futures published a roadmap for the Advanced Manufacturing sector in November 2016, endorsed by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. The Queensland Government released a Queensland specific Advance Manufacturing roadmap in December 2016. These roadmaps identify the developments in science and technology that will enable the sector to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities. They are well aligned…

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Manufacturing the Future – Queensland

June 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

More information Manufacturing in Australia must adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies, digitalisation, global competition and changing markets. CSIRO Futures published a roadmap for the Advanced Manufacturing sector in November 2016, endorsed by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. The Queensland Government released a Queensland specific Advance Manufacturing roadmap in December 2016. These roadmaps identify the developments in science and technology that will enable the sector to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities. They are…

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Manufacturing the Future – Queensland

More information Manufacturing in Australia must adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies, digitalisation, global competition and changing markets. CSIRO Futures published a roadmap for the Advanced Manufacturing sector in November 2016, endorsed by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. The Queensland Government released a Queensland specific Advance Manufacturing roadmap in December 2016. These roadmaps identify the developments in science and technology that will enable the sector to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities. They are…

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July 2018

2018 Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad

July 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
$260

About Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five-day (non-residential) program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics. The program aims to develop your problem-solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics. By presenting physics in a format that complements Senior Physics, Queensland JPhO will: introduce you to the formal study of physics through lectures and tutorials give you hands-on experience of physics through experiments and workshops provide you…

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August 2018

Laser-driven beams: the next generation of accelerator technology

August 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The University of Queensland, Building 7 (Parnell) – Room 234, The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia
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Dr Ceri Brenner is continuing her Women in Physics Lecture tour and will be speaking at a lecture at The University of Queensland on 16 August 2018. Dr Ceri Brenner is a physicist using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. She has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society.…

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November 2018

QLD Branch AGM 2018

November 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UQ, St Lucia 50-S201 Brisbane, QLD Australia + Google Map
Free

We are pleased to announce that we will have two speakers bracketing the AGM, with the QLD nominee for the Bragg Gold Medal Dr Sarah Walden presenting her research; and the John Mainstone Youth lecture Tour presenter Dr Sean Powell. More information about their presentations are provided below. The expected timing of the proceedings will be as follows: 4.00pm – 4.50pm Dr Sarah Walden presents her research 5.00pm – 5.15pm AGM 5.15pm – 6.00pm Dr Sean Powell – “Physics is…

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