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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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Street Science!

March 24 @ 10:00 am - March 25 @ 4:00 pm
Free

On the 24th and 25th March, Physics students from the University of Queensland will be running some demonstrations inside the UQ tent. The shows will include: Liquid nitrogen balloon animals, Levitating Superconductor,  Rijke tube. And more. In 2018 the cultural forecourt at South Bank Parklands will again turn into a science playground with dozens of FREE immersive and family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy. Take part in hands-on activities and explore the science behind robots, fossils, bubbles, slime, spiders, solar energy, drones,…

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SEMINAR: Reigniting the role of physics in medicine

Medical Physics is a highly interdisciplinary field at the intersection between physics and medicine and biology. Medical Physics is aiming at development of novel applications of physical processes and techniques in various areas of medicine and biology. Medical Physics had and continues to have profound impact by developing improved imaging and treatment technologies, and helping to advance our understanding of the complexity of the disease. The general trend in medicine towards personalized therapy, and emphasis on accelerated translational research is…

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March Public Meeting | MoonshotX: The Space Business in Australia — It’s Not Rocket Science

Free

The meeting will be streamed live here and then made available on-demand via the Space Association's YouTube channel - SAA.TV. Troy McCann | Founder and Managing Director at MoonshotX MoonshotX cultivates early stage startups seeking to build or use next-generation space-based infrastructure to solve real problems on Earth and beyond. Its mission is to help entrepreneurs validate, grow and scale promising space technology based business models with support from a world-class network of experienced mentors, advisers and partners. Moonshot was founded mid-2016 and is on…

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Monash Physics Public Lecture Series

March 27 @ 6:30 pm

The School of Physics and Astronomy is introducing a monthly public lecture series on the last Tuesday of every month. A practical activity will precede the lecture, beginning at 6.30pm, with the lecture starting at 7pm. These sessions are appropriate for teachers or VCE students. All sessions are held at the Clayton Campus: Getting to Monash Clayton Campus | Clayton Campus Map Note: Parking is available free after 5pm in N1. If you have questions about the talks, please contact: Dr Dianne Ruka Contact Details Talks for 2018 Professor Kris Helmerson Particles vs Waves Tuesday, 27 March - 6.30 pm Lecture Theatre S2,…

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Girls in Physics Breakfast

March 28 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
$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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April 2018

Laura Wolz Colloquium

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Melbourne Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia + Google Map

The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium 15:00-16:00 Wed 18 Apr 2018 Marsfield Lecture Theatre Laura Wolz (Melbourne Uni) Contact Juan Madrid juan.madrid@csiro.au

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3D AstroTours

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10

Experience the Universe in 3D during the April 2018 school holidays. The 50-minute session will take you on an amazing journey starting in the solar system and then on to explore a Universe that is ‘Bigger than Big’. AstroTours feature the amazing 3D movies, created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team, and all sessions are presented by the Centre’s astronomers or post graduate researchers. Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus,…

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The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join award-winning climate scientist and writer Joëlle Gergis as she shares her fascinating journey through Australia to unearth our climate history. Joëlle's new book, Sunburnt Country (MUP, 2018), pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability, gives an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard. Sunburnt Country…

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

Free
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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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3D AstroTours

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

Experience the Universe in 3D during the April 2018 school holidays. The 50-minute session will take you on an amazing journey starting in the solar system and then on to explore a Universe that is ‘Bigger than Big’. AstroTours feature the amazing 3D movies, created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team, and all sessions are presented by the Centre’s astronomers or post graduate researchers. Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au NB: Please note that sessions…

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Physics Designed

How can we create effective learning experiences that are engaging for contemporary physics students? I will discuss the development of a variety of original physics learning resources that have been shown to positively impact on students’ learning behaviours and attitudes. One example is “5-Minute Physics”, a comprehensive suite of online learning modules that make use of interactive simulations. Based on the principles of active learning, these resources have been developed through a conscious process. They are Physics, designed. As well…

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3D AstroTours

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10

Experience the Universe in 3D during the April 2018 school holidays. The 50-minute session will take you on an amazing journey starting in the solar system and then on to explore a Universe that is ‘Bigger than Big’. AstroTours feature the amazing 3D movies, created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team, and all sessions are presented by the Centre’s astronomers or post graduate researchers. Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au NB: Please note that sessions…

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Public Lecture – From Mad Scientists to Eco-Warriors: The changing image of scientists in fiction and film

April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Adjunct Associate Professor Roslynn Haynes School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales For approximately 600 years, from 1380 to 1980, scientists or their predecessors, the alchemists and natural philosophers, fared ill at the hands of writers and, later, film makers. They were obsessed to the point of madness, or evil, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faustus and…

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Chemical Answers Now: Safer food, water and environment through chemistry on a chip

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Summary Royal Society of Tasmania April lecture Start Date 10th Apr 2018 8:00pm End Date 10th Apr 2018 9:00pm Venue Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. (Entry from Dunn Place) RSVP / Contact Information No RSVP necessary. Enquiries: royal.society@tmag.tas.gov.au or 6165 7014 About the talk: The development of smart phones, smart watches and our always-connected lifestyle has meant that we are able to obtain information about a myriad of things in an instant of a second.  You can…

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From Mad Scientists to Eco-Warriors: The changing image of scientists in fiction and film

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Adjunct Associate Professor Roslynn Haynes School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales For approximately 600 years, from 1380 to 1980, scientists or their predecessors, the alchemists and natural philosophers, fared ill at the hands of writers and, later, film makers. They were obsessed to the point of madness, or evil, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faustus and…

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3D AstroTours

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

Experience the Universe in 3D during the April 2018 school holidays. The 50-minute session will take you on an amazing journey starting in the solar system and then on to explore a Universe that is ‘Bigger than Big’. AstroTours feature the amazing 3D movies, created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team, and all sessions are presented by the Centre’s astronomers or post graduate researchers. Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au NB: Please note that sessions…

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Small scale structure of the IGM: A Dark Matter Tale

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Dr. Vid Irsic, Postdoctoral Fellow University of Washington Email: irsic@uw.edu The intergalactic medium (IGM) plays a unique role in constraining the (small scale) matter power spectrum, since the low-density, high redshift IGM filaments are particularly sensitive to the small scale properties of dark matter. The main observable manifestation of the IGM, the Lyman-alpha forest, has provided important constraints on the linear matter power spectrum, especially when combined with cosmic microwave background data. This includes, most notably, the tightest constraints on warm dark…

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3D AstroTours

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10

Experience the Universe in 3D during the April 2018 school holidays. The 50-minute session will take you on an amazing journey starting in the solar system and then on to explore a Universe that is ‘Bigger than Big’. AstroTours feature the amazing 3D movies, created by the award-winning Swinburne Astronomy Productions team, and all sessions are presented by the Centre’s astronomers or post graduate researchers. Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au NB: Please note that sessions…

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Colloquium: The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science

April 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Swinburne University Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

Connecting planetary systems at different stages of stellar evolution helps us understand their formation, evolution and fate, as well as provides us with crucial insights about their dynamics and chemistry. Post-main-sequence stars -- pulsars, white dwarfs and giant branch stars -- all host planetary systems, which often include remnant debris discs. Here I provide a review of our current knowledge of these systems. I show how this interdisciplinary field incorporates several facets of stellar physics and chemistry as well as…

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SEMINAR: Maths and Stats Colloquium

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maths and Stats Colloquium : Have you ever wondered what is a fluid theory? Fluid models are widely employed in many fields of science, ranging from astronomy and physics to biology and chemistry. The fundamental principle, and motivation, behind fluid models is to provide an effective macroscopic representation of the collective behaviour arising from a large number of microscopic events. Thus, the main advantage of fluid models is a reduction in complexity, while still capturing the essential characteristics of the macroscopic…

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Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service

April 13
Kew High School Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map
Free

Vicphysics will be running a full day in-service on Tuesday, 4th April at Kew High School.  The event is free, lunch is provided and travel support is available for country participants. The event is for: Teachers beginning their teaching career, Teachers returning to physics teaching and Teachers who have been asked by their school to take a VCE Physics class The program will include: Information on course planning, resources, advice of teaching specific topics and suggestions from some of last…

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Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service

April 13
Kew High School Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map
Free

The event is free, lunch is provided and travel support is available for country participants. The event is for: Teachers beginning their teaching career, Teachers returning to physics teaching and Teachers who have been asked by their school to take a VCE Physics class The program will include: Information on course planning, resources, advice of teaching specific topics and suggestions from some of last year's participants after teaching physics for the first time in 2017, Andrew Hansen, Chief Assessor for…

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Search for the Higgs boson in the WH production mode with H→ WW* decay using the ATLAS detector

TBA Presenter Pere Rados, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

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Tasmanian Youth Science Forum 2018

The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum is a program for Tasmanian Year 11 and 12 students with an interest in science, engineering and technology. Participants will spend three days during the Easter break at the University of Tasmania taking part in a variety of workshops with University researchers and students. The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum offers participating students an insiders' perspective on university life and an opportunity to discuss future course options with key people. Students will be able to connect…

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School of Physics Annual Student Awards Evening

April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Business School Lounge (Level 6, Business School Building) The School of Physics will hold its annual student awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 17th  April to award academic prizes to the top performing students of 2017. Please join us to in the Business Lounge, level 6, Business School Building to celebrate the academic achievements of our outstanding students.  Refreshments will be served from 4:00pm. For catering purposes, please ensure you register below

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The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science

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Dr. Dimitri Veras, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow University of Warwick Email: d.veras@warwick.ac.uk Connecting planetary systems at different stages of stellar evolution helps us understand their formation, evolution and fate, as well as provides us with crucial insights about their dynamics and chemistry. Post-main-sequence stars -- pulsars, white dwarfs and giant branch stars -- all host planetary systems, which often include remnant debris discs. Here I provide a review of our current knowledge of these systems. I show how this interdisciplinary field incorporates…

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Celebrating Light – Respecting Darkness

Two talks about night lighting in the city and how it affects our use of the outdoors and the impacts it has on our health and the environment around us. Featuring Landon Bannister President International Dark-Sky Association (Tasmania) - “Reclaiming the Dark” Lisa Monaghan Landscape Architect, Brimbank City Council - "Shining the Light in Sunshine" “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view…

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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 Physics Colloquium

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

Professor Michael Hudson, University of Waterloo

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