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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. 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!

Additional Optional Feature for 21st July: The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University is offering a free viewing of their 3D Astro Tour. The 3D Tour lasts 50 minutes and the theatre has a capacity of 55. The viewing will start at 9:00am. To be confirmed.

Promotional material that can be downloaded.

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Poster for Girls in Physics Breakfast at Hawthorn

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A letter to the Head of Science - Girls in Physics Breakfasts

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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 woemn in your field, please contact Vicphysics or complete this file and email it. There is no cost.

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Invitation to young women to attend the Girls in Physics Breakfasts

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Invitation to young women to attend the Girls in Physics Breakfasts

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.

Science Lecture for secondary students

Geelong, Friday, 21st July, Deakin University,

Bendigo, Monday, 14th August, La Trobe University, Bendigo campus

Ballarat, Thursday, 20th July, Mt Helen Campus, Federation University,

Further details and information on how to book these lectures will be available shortly.