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April 2018

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

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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

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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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May 2018

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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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

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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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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

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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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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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5th Asian and Oceanic Congress on Radiation Protection – AOCRP5

May 20 - May 23
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, VIC 3006 Australia
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The Australasian Radiation Protection Society to invite you to the 5th Asian and Oceanic Congress on Radiation Protection – AOCRP5- in Melbourne, Australia during 20 – 23 May 2018. AOCRP5 follows on from extremely successful previous Asian and Oceanic Association for Radiation Protection Congresses in Seoul (2002), Beijing (2006), Tokyo (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2014). This Congress will be the international meeting for 2018 in the Asia-Pacific Region and offers the opportunity to meet and discuss radiation safety matters in…

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5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection

It is my privilege and great pleasure as Convenor on behalf of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society to invite you to the 5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection – AOCRP5- in Melbourne, Australia during 20 – 23 May 2018. AOCRP5 follows on from extremely successful previous Asian and Oceanic Association for Radiation Protection Congresses in Seoul (2002), Beijing (2006), Tokyo (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2014). This Congress will be the IRPA regional meeting for 2018 in the Asia-Pacific…

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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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