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Is superconductivity just a laboratory curiosity? Why all the hype?

March 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Superconductivity was discovered over 100 years ago serendipitously. Since then there has been multiple Nobel Prizes awarded to those who have unravelled the science and progressed the research field. But what really is superconductivity? Why has it been heralded as a property that if used could have major technological impacts? Does superconductivity have any relevance today?

This talk will explain the science of superconductivity and how it touches your life every day. It will do this weaving some history, personal stories and fun demonstrations.

Dr. Cathy Foley is the Deputy Director and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing. Previous to her current appointment, Cathy was Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in superconducting devices and their application.
Cathy has been involved in developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, terahertz imaging, UXO detection and low noise wide bandwidth receivers. The most successful application has been LANDTEM™ which has assisted in unearthing over $6B in mineral worldwide.
Cathy has a world-class reputation in her field as recognised by Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK; Past-President of the Australian Institute of Physics; Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE); Past President of Science and Technology Australia (formally Federation of Australian Science and Technology Societies, FASTS); and Past Member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

Detailed Schedule for Tuesday, 13th March 2018:

  • 6.00-6.30 pm REFRESHMENTS, Slade Lecture Theatre
  • 6.35-7.30 pm LECTURE by Dr Cathy Foley
  • 8.00 pm DINNER with the Speaker at Buon Gusto (Italian),    368 Abercrombie Street, ChippendaleE-mail Dr Fred Osman (fosman@trinity.nsw.edu.au) if you will be able to join us for dinner.

Enquiries: Dr Frederick Osman on fosman@trinity.nsw.edu.au or refer to the attached flyer


March 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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