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Girls in Physics Breakfasts: An Invitation

Photo of Katie MackTwo Girls in Physics Breakfasts are being organised. The events are for girls in Years 10 - 12.

Friday, 21st July, 7:00am - 8:45am at Hawthorn Arts Centre, 350 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn Now fully booked.

Tuesday, 15th August, 7:00am - 8:45am at La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus

We invite young women who are either in the early stages of their career in physics or engineering, or doing a PhD or are an undergraduate, to share breakfast with the girls. There is no cost.

The students will be seated at tables with students from other schools. At each table we will place two young women. Over breakfast, the students can query them about their life and work. The speaker will be Dr Katie Mack from the University of Melbourne, see details below.

If you would like to be involved, please complete the details below or email them to Vicphysics.

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Qualification (achieved or in progress): *

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Breakfast(s) you wish to attend:*

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Feedback from last year's event indicated that the young women would have liked their own time to talk to the speaker. Some possibilities this year are:

• After the breakfast at 9:00am,

• At dinner with the speaker after the evening lecture on Tuesday, 15th August at Melbourne University.

In 2017 the speaker will be Dr Katie Mack from the University of Melbourne. Dr Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the Universe. Katie is also an active science communicator and is passionate about science outreach. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and other popular publications, and has been a columnist for Cosmos Magazine.

Dr Mack will speak on Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask. Dark matter: It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. But what it is it really? Are we sure it exists at all? Can it really be explained by tiny invisible particles? I’ll get you up to date on what we know so far about dark matter, how we’re searching for it, and how it differs from the other big cosmic mystery of the day, dark energy.

Each year the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) appoints a 'Women in Physics' lecturer. Her role is to visit each state and territory to give a series a talks at schools and universities. Dr Mack will be speaking as part of a national tour.

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