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Girls in Physics Breakfasts, Science Lectures for Secondary Students

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

Photo of Katie MackEach 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. Every second year the lecturer comes from Australia. In the alternate years, the lecturer comes from overseas.

In 2017 the lecturer 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.

Two Girls in Physics Breakfasts are being organised.

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

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

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. There will be time for questions at the end, so bring your own!

Promotional material that can be downloaded.

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Poster for Girls in Physics Breakfast at Hawthorn. In 'Word' with space to teacher's name for contact.

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Poster for Girls in Physics Breakfast at La Trobe University. In 'Word' with space for teacher's name for contact.

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PDF poster for Girls in Physics Breakfast at La Trobe University. This poster features a different photo of Dr Katie Mack.

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PDF poster for Girls in Physics Breakfast at Hawthorn Arts Centre. This poster features a different photo of Dr Katie Mack.

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A letter addressed to the Head of Science explaining the Girls in Physics Breakfasts.

Teachers can book up to six girls per school. The cost is $15 per student, there is no charge for one teacher, the cost for additional teachers is $15 each. If a teacher would like to bring extra students, please contact Vicphysics.

Students will be seated at tables with students from other schools. At each table there will be two young women either in the early stages of a science or engineering career or still studying at university. Over breakfast, the students can query them about their life and work.

If you are a young woman in physics or engineering who would like to participate in this event and meet with other young women in your field, please contact Vicphysics or complete this file below and email it or go here to enter details on line. There is no cost.

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Invitation to young women to attend the Girls in Physics Breakfasts

School bookings need to be made through the Trybooking website for the particular date: 21st July and 15th August.

Note: Payment needs to be made at the time of booking, so a school credit card or personal credit card will be required. School Orders are not accepted. There is a small Trybooking surcharge. If a school subsequently needs an invoice number for their accounts, or if a teacher is making the payment and needs a receipt for reimbursement, please contact Vicphysics.

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are sponsored by the Vicphysics Teachers' Network, the Australian Institute of Physics (Victorian Branch), the ARC Centre for Excellence for Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET), Swinburne University of Technology and La Trobe Unbiversity.

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Science Lectures for secondary students

Dr Katie Mack will be giving day time talks at the following two venues. Her topic will be 'A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries): Everything humanity has ever seen or experienced represents a tiny speck in a vast and mysterious Universe. What else is out there, and how are we figuring it out? What puzzles wait to be solved? Come with your questions about dark matter, dark energy, black holes, or the ultimate fate of the Universe as we delve into some of cosmology’s most fundamental questions.

Geelong, 1:00pm, Friday, 21st July, Kardinia International College. This talk is sponsored by the School of Engineering at Deakin University.  These is bus parking available in the school grounds. For more details and to book please contact Vicphysics.

Bendigo, 12:00pm, Monday, 14th August, La Trobe University, Bendigo campus. This talk is part of a day's program. Schools may attend for just the lecture or for other activities. For more details and to book please contact Rachel Meredith.

A/Prof Jodie Bradby from ANU, the 2015 AIP Women in Physics lecturer, will be part of the program in Ballarat. Her topic is Diamonds are a scientist's best friend, 'Uncovering new materials under extreme pressure'. The other part of the program is the Hartung Chemistry lecture by Dr Martyn Poliakoff from the UK.

Ballarat, 10:30am - 2:00pm, Thursday, 20th July, Mt Helen Campus, Federation University. To book or further details, please contact Stephanie Davison, STEM Outreach Coordinator.

There is no cost for these lectures and they are not restricted to girls.

Evening Lectures: Dr Katie Mack gave an evening lecture on Thursday, 20th July as part of the VCE lecture series. The topic was 'Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask'. The lecture was videoed and can be seen here. It was an impressive overview, detailed, up to date and well explained.

Her next lecture is at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 15th August as a public lecture, also at the Hercus Theatre, where the topic is 'Dispatches from a Dark Universe: There’s more to the Universe than we can see – even more than we can ever see. I’ll give a tour of the edges of our knowledge of the cosmos, including where the frontiers are, and what might remain unknowable forever. Come for the Big Bang, stay for the possibility of the ultimate destruction of all of reality. Topics include dark matter, dark energy and recent research on Higgs vacuum decay.

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