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Claire Corani Memorial Lecture

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

A FREE PUBLIC LECTURE will be presented, in conjunction with the Women In Physics Group, by the Australian Institute of Physics (SA branch). It is the Claire Corani Memorial Lecture, being the South Australian lecture in the 2019 AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour. Dr Helen Maynard-Casely (an Instrument Scientist at ANSTO) will talk on “How neutrons will save the world”.

Abstract: They are small, neutral and often in a spin, and so much more than ‘just’ part of the atom. Neutrons are the sub-atomic particles that are here to save the world. This trusty particle can be called on to discover the details that no other can fathom. From the shape of a virus and how a drug can disable it, to keeping electrons flowing in the next generation of batteries. Neutrons truly are today’s super particle!

Biography: Dr Helen Maynard-Casely is an Instrument Scientist based at ANSTO (the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) where she uses neutrons to investigate the materials that make up our solar system. She has a PhD in high-pressure physics from the University of Edinburgh and has been lucky enough to have collected data in facilities all over the world.

The Claire Corani Memorial prizes, available for award to the top second-year female Physics student at each SA university in 2018, will be presented at the lecture.