Category Archives: NSW


Welcome to the website of the NSW branch of the Australian Institute of Physics. The NSW branch is very active and this will indeed be another exciting year.

AIP NSW Office Bearers for 2021:

Chair: Dr Scott Martin
Deputy Chair:  Dr Timothy Van der Laan
Secretary: Dr Fred Osman 
Treasurer: Dr Phil Burns
Committee Member: Dr Graeme Melville (listen to some of his radio interviews: Exoplanets;   Earth’s Pole Reversal – ABC Wollongong;  Earth’s Pole Reversal – ABC Adelaide
Committee Member: Associate Professor Matthew Arnold
Committee Member: Associate Professor Michael Lerch
Committee Member: Danica Solina
Website Manager: Dr Graeme Melville
Please view our calendar and details of coming and past events below. More details will become available as we get closer to the event.

 2021 NSWAIP Event Calendar

Stay posted


Past 2020 Events:

  • Frontiers of Science Forum: Fri 6 March 2020. 5.15pm-refreshments 6.00pm-presentations. Boston University Sydney Campus, 15-25 Regent Street Chippendale. COST: Nil Includes light refreshments. See FLYER.  

  • Einstein Lecture – Monday 17 Aug ‘ at 6:30 pm. Live Streaming – ‘Life Among The Stars’ by Prof Chris Tinney (Prof of Astrophysics) and Prof Martin Van Kranendonk (Prof of Geology and Director of ‘Australian Centre for Astrobiology’).       FLYER  TICKETS .  See on youtube.

  • 2020 NSW Australian Institute of Physics in the CLOUD 

    Nominations have now closed for physics enthusiasts to express interest in presenting a Five-minute ZOOM entertaining presentation of various forms, (e.g. comedy, quiz, demonstrations) on some aspect of physics at the 2020 NSW Australian Institute of Physics in the Cloud – an online version of Physics in the Pub with added quiz component. 

    The 2020 event is proudly supported by Laboratories Credit Union and will be held by ZOOM for viewing on Friday 21st August from 6:00pm.

  • AIP Industry Day – 

    In 2020 it is not possible to host the annual AIP Industry Day at CSIRO Lindfield as we have done for many years. Neither did we entertain the concept of an all-day virtual alternative. Instead, we will be hosting three virtual events which we hope you will find engaging:

    “Three Faces of Physics”

    Tuesday 3rd November 11am. Three young physicists each a recipient of the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics will talk about their research careers.

    “Podcast Club – Does Time Exist?

    Wednesday 4th November 8:00pm          FLYER

    Step one: (beforehand) listen to the Infinite Monkey Cage podcast “Does Time Exist?” (hosted by Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince on the BBC)

    Step two: Join the Zoom conversation with Tibor Molnar and Prof. Geraint Lewis to ponder the nature of time.

    “Start-ups in Lockdown”

    Friday 6th November 11am

    Three high-tech start-ups will describe how the pandemic has impacted them – from disrupting development activities, imposing cash-flow problems, supply chain issues, disruption in their intended markets – to new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. Katie from CSIRO’s Lindfield Collaboration Hub will talk about how the pandemic has affected the hub as well as talking about some of the government initiatives and incentives that are being offered for advanced manufacturing to play a major part in recovery.

Past 2019 Events

  • Public Talk by Prof Heinrich Hora Initiative Against Climatic Change by Lasers Based on 2018 Physics Nobel Prize?’ Friday 8 March 2019 at 6 pm. See flyer for details.
  • Public LectureBiophysics at the nanoscale, one molecule at a time by Prof Antoine van Oijen on Thurs 30 May, University of Wollongong. See FLYER.
  • ANSTO Tour and Public Lecture – Tues 25 June 5 pm. See FLYER. The Square Kilometre Array: Australia’s international mega science project by Dr Sarah Pearce. Sarah manages the CSIRO SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Centre that co-ordinates CSIRO SKA activities.
  • Dirac Lecture – 2019 Dirac Medal and Lecture with Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau (Harvard University). This event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Physics in the Pub – Wed 7th August from 6:30 pm. The Physics Free-For-All Variety Night!!    FLYER
  • The 2019 event will be held at the ‘Friend in Hand Hotel’, 58 Cowper St, Glebe, on Wednesday 7th August from 6:30 pm. Bookings.
  • WIP Lecture – ‘How neutrons will save the world’  Dr Helen Maynard-Casely – Instrument Scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Venues: Macquarie Uni (8 Aug) – 14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Lecture Theatre 4 and Science Space (9 Aug), 60 Squires Way, North Wollongong. Bookings.
  • Einstein Lecture – Thursday 15 August at 6.30 pm. UNSW. Professor Elisabetta Barberio – School of Physics, University of Melbourne. Very popular event so places are limited. Bookings.
  • AIP Industry Day 2019– Thurs 7 Nov 2019 at CSIRO Lindfield. ‘Solving Global Challenges’. LINK to website. Free registration.
  • Careers Exploration – Tues 12 Nov 2019 UTS. See FLYER.
  • Postgrad Day – Tues 12 Nov 2019 UTS. FLYER. This day will include the NSWAIP AGM as well as a talk by Prof Jodie Bradby in the evening. See below for details.
  • Public Talk – Tues 12 Nov 2019 UTS at 6.30 p.m. Speaker is AIP President – Prof Jodie Bradby.  See FLYER.

NSWAIP 2019 Annual Chair Report

Student Prizes

The NSWAIP gives out a number of  prizes each year including:

2019 Community Outreach to Physics Award – this has been won by past ‘Wollongong Science Centre, Director Glen Moore.