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Welcome to the Queensland (QLD) branch of the AIP. Watch this space for local events and news in QLD! 

QLD 2021 Committee

QLD Awards and Prizes

The QLD Branch celebrates its physicists by giving out awards and prizes. 

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News and Upcoming Events

  • 18 Oct 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Queensland Branch is announcing its Annual General Meeting. 
    The Meeting will be both, in person and via zoom. 

    We ask that you register your attendance via this google form:

    The in person meeting will be catered and held at 

    Owen J Wordsworth Room
    S Block, Level 12
    QUT Gardens Point Campus
    Brisbane QLD 4000

    Zoom meeting link has been emailed to our branch members. If you require the meeting ID and password, please contact our branch secretary or chair .

  • 20 Sep 2021 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Queensland Branch is preparing for their annual general meeting and we are calling for applications form interested members that would like to join the committee for the 2022 calendar year. 

    The committee is looking to diversify the professional base of its members, and is therefore especially encouraging applications from members not employed in the academic sector. Industry, secondary school educators, student members (PhD or undergraduates) or members working in the government sector are especially encourage to apply. 

    To apply, please send a short! (2 page max) CV and a short motivational statement to the secretary ( or chair (, by no later than the 28th of September 16:00h AEST. 

  • 20 Sep 2021 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    After the recent lockdowns and smaller local outbreaks across Queensland, we had to again sadly reschedule the JMYLT. Dr. Stringer delivered his first presentation to All Hallows in Brisbane, but we had to postpone or cancel other venues and the uncertainty has forced Martin to step aside from this years lectureship role to ensure he can be there for his family! We wish them all the best in these trialing times! 

    Dr. Ginges also had to reschedule her trip to Mt. Isa, and has now offered to also take over presentations in Weipa and Cairns this year, ensuring we can reach some of our most remote communities! 
    Jacinda will present at Cairns SHS on Wed. 6/10, in Weipa on the 7th and in Mt. Isa on the 13th of October! 

  • 15 Jul 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    The John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour takes  a young and inspiring academic to tour the states far and wide!  They will present their work to Queensland HighSchool students and engage them about what a career in science is all about, and how it all started!  This tour is returning in 2021 after having to take the year off in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

    This years Lecturer is Dr. Martin Stringer from the Sustainable Mineral Institute at the University of Queensland talking about his research on sustainability and energy usage. (More details below!)

    If you would be interested in hosting Martin at your High School, please contact the branch chair Till Weinhold via

    Martin is available between the 9th of August and 20th of August to deliver his lecture. If a time slot outside of this window is required, please contact Till Weinhold to see if your request can be accommodated.

    Converting hydrogen to humans

    This year’s John Mainstone Youth Lecture is about the physics of our planet’s sustainability. It took over 10 billion years for the universe to create the resources that we, the Earth and the Sun are made of. But is it enough to power 10 billion people? For ever?  To answer this question, we start at the very beginning, at the formation of the Universe, and end up right here and now in Queensland, to try to understand how our life here compares with the resources that our planet has left, and how our future could be powered.

    Martin is a theoretical physicist whose research career originally focussed on cosmology and galaxy evolution, until his mounting concern for our own planet bought him back down to Earth to work on terrestrial problems. Since then, he has been applying the various mathematical modelling techniques developed over a ten-year career studying the formation of galaxies to a variety of other systems, from models of island reforestation and interacting wildlife populations, to future systems of power generation, resource supply chains, and energy markets.


  • 7 May 2021 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Radiation protection of astronauts in human missions to Mars: simulation and reality

    **Please note: Venue details for the Public Colloquium at UQ have changed.

    If you wish to attend in person, to comply with COVID-Safe plans we require you to register via Eventbrite ( Seating capacity is capped at 170 seats and we have already over 80 of those seats allocated to schools.

    Live stream options are now available for the colloquium and the School seminar at Ipswich SHS. See the flyer below for details.**

    This year A/Prof Susanna Guatelli will be presenting school seminars at 4 schools across Cairns, Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba, in addition to a public colloquium at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

    All events are free, although school events are open to school students and teaching staff only. Full details regarding times, venues and RSVP contacts are available in this flyer, or by contacting the QLD AIP branch at:

    A/Prof Guatelli trained as a nuclear physicist at the University of Genova, Italy, worked with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and is now the academic director of the Medical Radiation Physics bachelor degree at the University of Wollongong.

    In 2003, she undertook a PhD at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), investigating possible radiation protection solutions for human missions to Mars (a project led by the European Space Agency). Since there are no particle accelerator facilities capable of reproducing the complex cosmic radiation fields encountered in space, she has developed simulations to predict radiation interactions for astronauts and space mission habitats.

    In these seminars, she will discuss the nature of these radiation hazards and the simulation tools used to address this challenge to space exploration.

  • 15 Feb 2021 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    The AIP-QLD is looking for nominations of Physics teachers that have made a positive impact to teaching Physics to students at the high school level by anyone of the following criteria.

    Promote student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning.

    Use, develop or write innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of physics.

    Be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics.

    Participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continuous development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.

    If you have a colleague, a former teacher of your own, or have heard of an inspiring teacher in your circle of friends, please consider nominating them for this years award by filling out the nomination form and sending this nomination (or any inquiries) by email to:

    The award consists of a cash prize, plaque and certificate.

    Nominations close Friday 4 June 2021.

  • 14 Jan 2021 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    The AIP QLD branch would like to congratulate Shane MacDonald, from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School who was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Prize for 2020 . Shane was awarded the 2020 prize, due to the range and depth of work he has displayed across all the criteria the award is assessed upon. This criteria includes:

    • promoting student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning,
    • using, developing or writing innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of Physics,
    • be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics
    • participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continued development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.

    Shane MacDonald receives the Queensland Excellence in Teaching Prize for 2020

    Congratulations Shane!

    Do you know a deserving Physics teacher in Queensland you would like to nominate for this award in 2021?

    In other news, the 2019 winner Richard Walding was acknowledged for receipt of his Excellence in Physics Teaching Award in a ceremony earlier in 2020. Moreton Bay College has kindly shared this ceremony and the presentation of the award. The ceremony can be viewed at the AIP YouTube channel or below.

If you wish to see past QLD events, please click here.

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