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October 2018

REDEFINING HOW WE MEASURE OUR WORLD at the Shine Dome in Canberra

October 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street
Acton, ACT 2601 Australia
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REDEFINING HOW WE MEASURE OUR WORLD How we define mass, distance, time, energy and more is going to change in May 2019. Join us at the Shine Dome to hear more about the once-in-a-lifetime revision to the international measurement system. Dr Barry Inglis is the first Australian to be elected President of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (the peak position in international measurement science) and his presentation will answer the following questions: How was the International System of…

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November 2018

QLD Branch AGM 2018

November 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UQ, St Lucia 50-S201 Brisbane, QLD Australia + Google Map
Free

We are pleased to announce that we will have two speakers bracketing the AGM, with the QLD nominee for the Bragg Gold Medal Dr Sarah Walden presenting her research; and the John Mainstone Youth lecture Tour presenter Dr Sean Powell. More information about their presentations are provided below. The expected timing of the proceedings will be as follows: 4.00pm – 4.50pm Dr Sarah Walden presents her research 5.00pm – 5.15pm AGM 5.15pm – 6.00pm Dr Sean Powell – “Physics is…

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PUBLIC LECTURE – Good vibrations: Using ambient seismic signals to explore deep continents and distant oceans

November 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Anya Reading, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania. Seismic ‘noise’, the background ambient signals recorded by seismic stations around the planet, can be utlised to infer the structure of the deep continents, the 3D architecture of the tectonic plates. Ocean storms, at incredible distances, also transmit signals to seismic stations on land. Archive seismic records can hence be used to investigate storms, and possible changes in storm patterns, over recent decades. This presentation will survey the variety of…

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April 2019

Public lecture from the Lead Scientist of Victoria, Dr Amanda Caples

Dr Amanda Caples will give a public talk about her role as the Lead Scientist for Victoria and her ambitious plans to project Victoria into the forefront of the space industry through partnerships with national space agencies, engagement with local companies and promoting the education of Victoria’s workforce. After the lecture, Amanda will meet with and greet AIP members over light refreshments. AIP Members only - Please register for catering purposes at: eventbrite.com.au/e/58412364956 Non-members, please check eligibility for membership and apply by clicking…

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May 2019

Public Talk: Biophysics at the nanoscale, one molecule at a time

May 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Wollongong, Building 28, Room 101, Northfields Ave
Wollongong, NSW 2522 Australia
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Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, Molecular Horizons, at the University of Wollongong will be giving a public talk Thursday May 30th.   Summary of talk: Advances in optical imaging and molecular manipulation techniques have made it possible to observe individual enzymes and record molecular movies that provide new insight into their dynamics and reaction mechanisms. In a biological context, most of these enzymes function in concert with other enzymes in multi-protein complexes,…

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June 2019

Physics in the Pub: Melbourne

June 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beer Deluxe, 329 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia
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Please join us at a very-Melbourne celebration of physics, co-sponsored by the AIP. Host, physics communicator Phil Dooley and half a dozen physicists will present short, entertaining views of their own field of physics. It's an informal, light-hearted night where physicists, astronomers, theoreticians, engineers and educators share their love of science. It’s also totally free form. There could be stand-up comics, dance, poems, acrobatics…

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Free Public Lecture: The Vivid Lives of Stars

June 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hear PhD Candidate Poojan Agrawal from Swinburne University's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing presnet an engaging talk on the Vivid Lives of Stars. For more, visit: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/outreach/?topic=freelectures

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Nominations Closing Soon: The Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences

June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Nominations close 5pm (AEST) 30 June 2019 The Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award is for excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences. It made possible from the generous bequest to the Society from the estate of the late Dr Phillip Garth Law AC. The award is open to suitably qualified post-doctoral candidates in the area of the Physical Sciences, which include Astronomy, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, all branches of Engineering, and related sciences.   Eligibility:…

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July 2019

AIP General Meeting

July 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join your fellow physicists Thursday 11th of July at 6pm, 5th floor, UWA Physics building tea-room. Map attached.   Please RSVP on this link OR via the calendar invitation so we can cater for the event.   Remember to bring a friend ! Also please pencil in future events listed below into your calendars. Focus on Medical Physics   Our guest speaker will be Dr Pejman Rowshanfarzad from The University of Western Australia discussing the items below. •    …

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August 2019

2019 Women in Physics Public Lecture hosted by the University of Tasmania

August 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The School of Physical Sciences at the University of Tasmania, along with the Australian Institute of Physics is presenting a FREE Public Lecture. Come along and listen to Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, from ANSTO. Dr Casely’s expertise is in the study of small molecules and ices under pressure – she completed her PhD in High Pressure Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working as an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high intensity powder diffractometer. Much of this work is…

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2019 Women in Physics Public Lecture hosted by Macquarie University

August 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Macquarie University, 7 Wally's Walk (E6B) 149
Sydney, NSW Australia
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University, along with the Australian Institute of Physics is presenting a FREE Public Lecture. Come along and listen to Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, from ANSTO. Dr Casely’s expertise is in the study of small molecules and ices under pressure – she completed her PhD in High Pressure Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working as an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high intensity powder diffractometer. Much of this work is motivated…

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2019 Women in Physics Public Lecture hosted by the Science Space

August 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Science Space, 60 Squires Way
North Wollongong, NSW 2500 Australia
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The School of Physics at the University of Wollongong, along with the Australian Institute of Physics is presenting a FREE Public Lecture, proudly hosted by the Science Space.   Come along and listen to Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, from ANSTO. Dr Casely’s expertise is in the study of small molecules and ices under pressure – she completed her PhD in High Pressure Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working as an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high intensity powder…

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2019 EINSTEIN LECTURE – Elisabetta Barberio on Dark Matter

August 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney, University of New South Wales, Anzac Parade
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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Free

There are phenomena in our Universe that are almost beyond our realm of understanding – what lies in the dark space between the stars? How can we measure things that are invisible? What prevents the galaxies from expanding into oblivion? One explanation is the existence of dark matter, otherwise undetectable because it is composed of particles that do not absorb, reflect or emit light. We can only assume that it is there because of its impact on ordinary matter, so…

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2019 Guild Research Awards Presentation Lecture Evening

August 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Boston University, Sydney Lecture Theatre, 15-25 Regent St
Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia
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The Annual Guild Research Presentation Evening is an opportunity to give teachers and post graduate students an opportunity to present their research work to a learned audience in the friendly environment of a school setting. It allows for reflection of the presenters' proposed research and progress achievements as well as provides the presenters the opportunity to liaise with other presenters, students, academics, staff, visitors and past students. These awards have been created to encourage excellence in research work, and all…

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Claire Corani Memorial Lecture

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…

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2019 Women in Physics Public Lecture hosted by the University of Western Australia

August 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Department of Physics at the University of Western Australia, along with the Australian Institute of Physics is presenting a FREE Public Lecture. Come along and listen to Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, from ANSTO. Dr Casely’s expertise is in the study of small molecules and ices under pressure – she completed her PhD in High Pressure Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working as an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high intensity powder diffractometer. Much of this work is…

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AIP Public Lecture – Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, Women in Physics Lecturer 2019

August 27, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr Helen Maynard-Casely from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is the 2019 Women in Physics Lecturer.  Helen is conducting a whirlwind tour of all 7 states of Australia in celebration of receiving the Women in Physics lectureship in 2019. At the end of August we are delighted to welcome Helen to Victoria, the last state on her tour, for a number of exciting events.   The public lecture event in Victoria will start at 6:15pm at Monash…

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Public Lecture: with Professor Eric Mazur

August 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

How would you reimagine education so every child has a better future? In a world that’s changing rapidly we often ask ourselves how we should best prepare the next generation. Schooling and education practices resemble a mixture of long standing conventions, sometimes new ideas, and often familiar approaches. Is the current model and approach fit for purpose? What is that purpose? And if not, what should we do better? How would you reimagine education so every child has a better…

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October 2019

A Space Adventure

October 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
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Free

AIP Free Public lecture “A Space Adventure” By Dr Daniel Tani Abstract: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Daniel Tani went on to spend 120 days living and working aboard the International Space Station. During his tour of duty aboard the station, he performed numerous robotic operations and logged a total of 34 hours and 59 minutes during five spacewalks. Come and hear about his amazing space adventure and what it is like to live and…

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November 2019

Universal Science

November 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
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Free

An evening with the experts on how we use basic research, globally distributed computing, and an internationally diverse set of scientists to answer humankind’s most fundamental questions. The event will feature short presentations on Particle Physics and High Performance Distributed Computing, followed by an open panel discussion on current and future possibilities in each area, and an informal cocktail mixer with a chance for you to talk one-on-one with the experts. This event has been organized by members of The…

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QLD Branch AGM 2019

November 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
QUT Gardens Point, Room E207, E Block, 2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4001 Australia
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We are pleased to announce that the QLD nominee for the 2019 Bragg Gold Medal, Dr Satya Undurti, will be presenting his research prior to the AGM. More information about his presentation are provided via the link below. The expected timing of the proceedings will be as follows: 4.00pm – 4.50pm Dr Satya Undurti presents his research 5.00pm – 5.30pm AGM For catering purposes it would be appreciated if you could register your attendance by Thursday the 14th of November…

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Public colloquium, Dr Steven Goldfarb from the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

November 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
QUT Gardens Point, Room 512, P Block, 2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4001 Australia
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Dr Goldfarb will present a free public colloquium entitled "Hidden Pieces: The Large Hadron Collider and our dark universe". People have been fascinated by scientific discovery since ancient times. Today, for the first time ever, we can discover and analyse phenomena that we can neither see nor feel directly. In this fascinating presentation Dr Goldfarb will talk about dark matter, antimatter, and dark energy. He will go into extra dimensions and will look into the 95% of the Universe that…

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Public Lecture – Prof Rachel Webster, Nobel Lecturer 2019

"The Origins of the Universe" - Prof Rachel Webster, University of Melbourne The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos" with one half to James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology", the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star." Every year, the Australian Institute of Physics, Victoria branch, invites a…

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PUBLIC LECTURE – 28 November 2019

November 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The quest for new physics Professor Raymond Volkas, School of Physics, The University of Melbourne The standard model of particle physics is an extremely successful theory, but we know that it is an incomplete description of nature. I will review the evidence for “new physics”: interactions and particles that extend the standard model. The evidence ranges from the experimental detection of neutrino masses through the existence of dark matter to puzzles such as the lack of antimatter in the universe…

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February 2020

CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CSIRO Lindfield, 36 Bradfield Rd,
Lindfield, NSW 2070 Australia
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We are pleased to invite our alumni, staff and friends to celebrate the new winner of the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics. Join us to congratulate the 2020 winner and hear from a panel of previous winners who will talk about their work and how the scholarship has helped their research and impacted the world of science. If you are interested in taking a tour of CSIRO Lindfield and seeing our research in action, please register for or 1.45pm tour…

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Bronze Bragg Presentation and Lecture

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
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Free

“A short history of the universe – as we understand it today” Professor Rachel Webster University of Melbourne Abstract: Most of the universe is made of Hydrogen; indeed, in the early universe, there were essentially no elements heavier than Hydrogen and Helium. During this talk Professor Webster will trace the history of the universe, using Hydrogen as the primary focus. She will explain the bits we understand and some of the key questions we are addressing today. The efforts of…

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No qualms about quantum theory

February 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Venue: Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Sandy Bay Campus Summary: Professor Berge Englert will argue that quantum theory is a well-defined local theory with a clear interpretation. Presenter(s): Professor Berge Englert Quantum theory has been singularly successful in the almost one-hundred years since its foundations were laid by Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, Paul Dirac, and others. Nevertheless, there is a debate – seemingly never ending – about the so-called “measurement problem” and other perceived problems.…

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March 2020

Canberra’s Volatile Summer: The New Normal?

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kingston Hotel, 73 Canberra Avenue
Canberra, ACT 2603 Australia
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Free

You are invited to join UNSW Canberra researchers, Dr Sophie Lewis and Dr Rachel Badlan, for a public talk exploring the climate crisis impacting the Canberra community and its wider effect across the globe.

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Working with Secondary Teachers to Improve High School Physics Teaching

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Register link: https://seamarch2020.eventbrite.com.au/ Working with Secondary Teachers to Improve High School Physics Teaching A Scientia Education Academy Lecture presented by Associate Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Angstmann, Director of First Year Physics, Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney --- What can we do to help address the shortage of physics trained school teachers? There is a persistent recognised shortage of discipline-trained high school physics teachers apparent in both Australia and worldwide. Qualified and motivated physics teachers are essential in the secondary education system…

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June 2020

What comes after CMOS?

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us 5 June for a discussion of experts: —Paolo Gargini, ex-Intel, semiconductor roadmap —Michelle Simmons UNSW / Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology —Michael Fuhrer Monash Uni / FLEET https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-comes-after-cmos-a-discussion-with-experts-tickets-104296754400 This discussion celebrates the inauguration of IEEE EDS Chapter in NSW – hosted by Francesca Iacopi (University of Technology Sydney) and David Cortie (University of Wollongong). Discover the future of electronics #beyondCMOS and the role semiconductors/quantum materials play through radical, novel approaches.

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