Be inspired for a career in STEM by ANSTO’s Dr Helen Maynard-Casely as she discuses ‘how neutrons can save the world’ at the Girls in Physics Breakfast this August.
Held at Monash University (Clayton), the morning will consist of girls in years 10 to 12 meeting with fellow students, talking to women in various stages of science or engineering careers, and learning more about this engaging field.
Abstract: Neutrons are small, neutral and often in a spin, and so much more than ‘just’ part of the atom. They are made up of three quarks: two ‘Up’ quarks and and one ‘Down’ quark. Neutrons are the sub-atomic particles that are here to save the world. Whatever the challenge facing 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 are here to shed light and solve the grand challenges we face today.
National Science Week is happening from August 10 to 18 and is packed with many wonderful physics events. We’ve selected some of the best physics events around the country and listed them below.
“How neutrons will save the world” is the topic of our 2019 Women in Physics lecture, given by Dr Helen Maynard-Casely from ANSTO. Helen has now begun her tour in Tasmania and after 36 talks all over Australia will finish at the Girls in Physics Breakfast in Melbourne on Wednesday 28 August. Good luck Helen! More below.
The AIP national executive team were at ANU last week for a packed two days of strategic planning, priority-setting and discussions. We are working on a strategic plan and new opportunities to promote all things physics in Australia. Stay tuned for more in the coming months.
Several physicists were announced last week as finalists for the 2019 Eureka Prizes. Read all about them here. Winners will be announced at the end of this month. Good luck to all finalists!
I really enjoyed the great posts on the AIP Instagram account from the Australians attending the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany last month. SBS journalist Lydia Feng also attended the meetings and wrote about the young women levelling out gender imbalance in science. Women comprised eight out of the 13 physicists chosen by the Australian Academy of Science to attend.
Also this month: Nominate for the 2019 NSW Community Outreach to Physics award, read about the speediest quantum operation yet, meet Registered Patent Attorney Matthew Lay – our August Hidden Physicist, and find an opportunity in our Jobs Corner.
Kind regards, Jodie Bradby President, Australian Institute of Physics