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Welcome to the WA branch of the AIP

We have a few events coming up this year, and we are also planning the AIP Congress 2018 in Perth. If you are interested in having an active role with the AIP, please contact Gerd Schröder-Turk at
We have a few General Meetings for you to hear about physics in Western Australia and we are planning on building our ties with other science communities in Perth.

The Committee for 2017 is;
Gerd Schröder-Turk
Andrea F Biondo
David Parlevliet
Dean Leggo
Diana Tomazos
Elaine Walker
Hữu Đặng
John Chapman
John Ferreirinho
Marjan Zadnik
Peter Metaxas
Mitchell Chiew
Rick Hughes

Bronze Bragg presentation and lecture

The Australian Institute of Physics (SA branch)

Physics, Power and Climate Change

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 at 6.30 to 7.45 pm
Napier 102 lecture theatre
1st floor, Napier Building,
University of Adelaide (off Victoria Drive)

Professor David Jamieson
University of Melbourne

Although the human responses to climate change are volatile, the laws of Physics are not. Since the 1905 Chemistry Noble laureate Svante Arrhenius first modelled the greenhouse effect on the temperature of our planet little has changed from his prediction of a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature rise for a doubling of the 1905 carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  Today, with greatly improved physical models, the prediction is between 2 and 4.5 degrees under the same scenario.  Physics helps us understand the past, present and future scenarios for the climate of our planet.  Working out what to do about our emissions and climate change requires us to look at our present and future energy budget.  But it is power that drives our civilisation, not energy.  The paths from energy to power are constrained by the unbreakable laws of entropy.  This lecture explains entropy and the big challenges involved in charting the uncertain future.  Please bring your smartphone to participate in the online polling during the lecture!

The Bronze Bragg medal and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture. The medal is awarded for the best performance in 2016 in Physics in the Stage 2 SACE assessments, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit.

The presentation and lecture will be held in the Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, Napier Building, 1st floor, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, north from Pulteney St., at 6.30pm. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend. We are obliged for security reasons to keep the front door of the building attended, so please arrive before 6.30pm. Bookings are not available. The doors must be closed if all seats are taken. Refreshments will be available from 6:00 pm.

Enquires: Email via  mob: 0427 711 815.

Physics in the Pub

Date: Friday 24th March 2017
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Venue: Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax St
Cost: Hopefully zero

Grab a drink and a snack in a relaxed pub environment and listen to local physicists talking and laughing about their research. Eight snappy physics acts, eight minutes long from local physicists working on astronomy, quantum physics, geophysics and more.

Register at: Eventbrite

Silver Bragg Medal 2016

Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Joshua Crilly in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Jordan Wray in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at Flinders University.

Bronze Bragg Medal 2016


Professor Gunther Andersson (SA branch Chair) presented the Bronze Bragg medal to James Petchey for outstanding achievement in Physics in the 2015 SACE Stage 2 assessments. Following the presentation A/Prof. Gary Hill (right) gave a public lecture titled “Neutrinos, the Nobel Prize and a New Window on the Universe”.

Welcome from the QLD Branch Committee 2017

The newly elected QLD Branch committee for 2017 will take up its activities with its first branch meeting in February.

Planned activities for the year are:

John Mainstone Yourh Lecture Tour, for which we have secured our two speakers Helen Maynard-Casely  from ANSTO. Helen will be our main speaker for 2017 and travel the vast stretches of Queensland from the south east corner starting at the Gold Coast to the far north reaching Cairns.
Our second speaker is Sean Powell of QUT   who also presented at our Careers Evening in 2016. Sean will do the Mt. Isa part of our tour this year and will do the main tour in 2017.

If you are a teacher at a QLD high school and would like to discuss the possibility of the John Mainstone Lecture Tour visiting your area either this year or in 2018, please contact the Branch Chair or secretary.

We will also be holding a careers evening again this year with speakers and location to be determined. If you are interested in attending, please like and follow our Facebook Page, and watch the announcements for future details.
If you would like to propose potential presenters, please email the Branch Chair.

Women in Physics: We will also be hosting and coordinating a lecture series of the AIP’s Women In Physics Lecturer. The timeline for these will be published once the lecturer has been selected and their availability has been confirmed. If you are interested to host the WiP lecturer for either a school presentation, a public talk or a colloquium, please contact the Branch Chair.

During August the Branch Committee will also select the Queensland Nominee for the Bragg Gold Medal. The Bragg Gold Medal is awarded each year for the graduating student from an Australian University with the best PhD thesis in Physics.

We will also again be awarding the Queensland Branch  AIP Certificates for Excellence in Physics. These awards are made to high school students achieving a VHA4 or higher at Verification.
The call for nominations will be made in September 2017.





Victorian Branch Nobel Lecture and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 1 Dec

Due to a clash with the Australian Synchrotron User’s Meeting, the Victorian Branch Nobel Lecture and Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been postponed. They will now be held on Thursday 1stDecember at Swinburne.

The Nobel Lecture will be given by Prof. Michael Fuhrer.

 Date: Thursday the 1st of December 2016

Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, BA building, BA201 (enter from Burwood Road)

Time: lecture 6.30 – 7.30 pm, AIP AGM 7.30 – 8:00 pm


The AGM will be held directly after the lecture at the same location. Please find attached a poster (2016_Nobel_Lecture_MFuhrer) on the lecture and  a map showing the location of the lecture hall at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus.