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April 2018

Chemical Answers Now: Safer food, water and environment through chemistry on a chip

Summary Royal Society of Tasmania April lecture Start Date 10th Apr 2018 8:00pm End Date 10th Apr 2018 9:00pm Venue Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. (Entry from Dunn Place) RSVP / Contact Information No RSVP necessary. Enquiries: royal.society@tmag.tas.gov.au or 6165 7014 About the talk: The development of smart phones, smart watches and our always-connected lifestyle has meant that we are able to obtain information about a myriad of things in an instant of a second.  You can…

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From Mad Scientists to Eco-Warriors: The changing image of scientists in fiction and film

April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adjunct Associate Professor Roslynn Haynes School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales For approximately 600 years, from 1380 to 1980, scientists or their predecessors, the alchemists and natural philosophers, fared ill at the hands of writers and, later, film makers. They were obsessed to the point of madness, or evil, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faustus and…

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Tasmanian Youth Science Forum 2018

April 17, 2018 - April 19, 2018

The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum is a program for Tasmanian Year 11 and 12 students with an interest in science, engineering and technology. Participants will spend three days during the Easter break at the University of Tasmania taking part in a variety of workshops with University researchers and students. The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum offers participating students an insiders' perspective on university life and an opportunity to discuss future course options with key people. Students will be able to connect…

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Celebrating Light – Respecting Darkness

April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Two talks about night lighting in the city and how it affects our use of the outdoors and the impacts it has on our health and the environment around us. Featuring Landon Bannister President International Dark-Sky Association (Tasmania) - “Reclaiming the Dark” Lisa Monaghan Landscape Architect, Brimbank City Council - "Shining the Light in Sunshine" “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view…

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Climate Show

April 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mr Kole will demonstrate five amazingly simple, yet powerful experiments that will show before people's very own eyes, how the greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere by humans, are changing our climate in ways that are not only affecting our very livelihoods today, but if not addressed, will drastically affect them in the future as well. While some of the demonstrations have also been performed by others around the world, at least two of them have been uniquely developed by Mr…

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Sensing galaxies


Can galaxies influence their neighbors? How can research on honey bees help us learn about Mars? All the answers can be found at the Republic Bar and Café on the first night of Pint of Science in Hobart. Come on down, grab a pint, and learn about astronomy and microsensors from a CSIRO expert and a local University of Tasmania researcher.There will be trivia, there will be games! To Mars and beyond Professor Paulo de Souza (OCE Science Leader, Data61, CSIRO)…

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June 2018

Sistema Huautla: Cave diving for exploration & science in one of the world’s most spectacular deep caves

ummary Royal Society of Tasmania June Lecture Start Date 5th Jun 2018 8:00pm End Date 5th Jun 2018 9:00pm Venue Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. (Entry from Dunn Place) RSVP / Contact Information No RSVP necessary. Enquiries: royal.society@tmag.tas.gov.au or 6165 7014 Dr Klocker will talk about recent caving and cave diving expeditions he has led to Sistema Huautla, one of the world's deepest cave systems located in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. He will focus…

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Glitch – Investigating the Densest Matter in the Universe : The 2016 Glitch of the Vela Pulsar

June 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Summary Australian Institute of Physics Public Lecture Start Date 7th Jun 2018 8:00pm End Date 7th Jun 2018 9:00pm Venue Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Sandy Bay RSVP / Contact Information E: Simon.Ellingsen@utas.edu.au or T: 03 6226 7588 Presented by Jim Palfreyman School of Natural Sciences University of Tasmania ABSTRACT: Pulsars are neutron stars that are the remnants of supernova explosions. They are highly dense and rotate rapidly, some with accuracy better than atomic clocks. The Vela pulsar famously “glitches” or…

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Mega Volcanic Eruptions and the Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Summary The Royal Society of Tasmania - 2018 Launceston Lecture Series Start Date 24th Jun 2018 1:30pm End Date 24th Jun 2018 2:30pm Venue Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk RSVP / Contact Information No RSVP required. Presented by Dr Karin Orth Five near extinguishments of life on Earth have been related to changes in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. Extra-terrestrial meteorites are often blamed, but Earth’s own forces may be suspect. Heat within the Earth builds volcanoes. Even small volcanic eruptions…

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July 2018

Lasers And Super Exciting Research: It’s all in the name!

July 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

2018 AIP Women In Physics Public Lecture Dr Ceri Brenner Senior Application Development Scientist for High Power Lasers, UK Research and Innovation Lasers are the greatest multi-taskers; from telecommunications to surgery, from space missions to cutting through steel, they’re used everywhere! But did you know that we are also using the most powerful lasers in the world to tackle some truly global challenges? We’ll explore how lasers are key to providing for our rapidly growing energy demands, how they will…

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August 2018

PUBLIC LECTURE – Why Should I Care About Physics? From Atoms to Cancer Therapy and More!

August 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - August 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Dr Catalina Curceanu National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Frascati, Italy What a wonderful world! And how many different structures, from stars to human beings! We have learned about atoms, Higgs bosons, black holes and the Big Bang; we have internet, computers, satellites, GPS and so many amazing technologies! Who needs more? But how do they work? One may think we should not care about the physics beyond technology; it is not our business how technology works! But this is not…

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November 2018

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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March 2019

Cosmic Voids: What’s in there?

March 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Universe on its largest scales (i.e. scales of billion of light years) has the form of a web. The cosmic web permeates the entire Universe. On these cosmic scales matter is distributed along filaments. The nodes of the cosmic web (where the filaments cross) are occupied by clusters and groups of galaxies. In one such place our own galaxy resides. Cosmic voids are places between filaments. These are vast, seemingly empty regions, almost devoid of galaxies. Cosmic voids could harbour hundreds of thousands…

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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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November 2019

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

No qualms about quantum theory

February 26, 2020 @ 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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