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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

The Vicphysics Teachers' Network received federal funding to expand the Girls in Physics Breakfasts program for 2018. So far there have been two breakfasts in the Melbourne metropolitan area, Sunshine and Hawthorn, and three in regional Victoria, in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The last one for 2018 will be on Tuesday 21st August at Monash University, Clayton campus.

At the next breakfast, as with the others, students from Years 10 to 12 will share a table with two or three young women who are either in the early stages of a career in physics or engineering, or are at university as an undergraduate or a postgraduate. The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like. Students will be seated with students from other schools.Ceri Brenner

There is also an address by a prominent scientist, who will talk about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience. For the next breakfast the speaker is Dr Ceri Brenner, the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physis lecturer for 2018. Dr Brenner is speaking as part of her national tour.  Her topic is 'Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world'.

Dr Brenner is a physicist, using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. She has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society. Her website has information about her research and her outreach activities.

Times: The Breakfast will start at 7:30am and finish about 9:30am.

Program: After the breakfast for those staying on, there are two additional optional activities:

  • A 90 min tour of the Australian Synchrotron, a walk away in Blackburn Rd. There is a maximum group size for the Synchrotron Tours with tours starting 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30.
  • Activities on Careers in STEM. For students in the first tour the activities will be held at the Synchrotron after the tour. For students booked in for later tours, the activities will be held at Monash University prior to walking across to the Synchrotron.

Cost per student is $15 with teachers free. The cost for additional teachers is $15 each. There is no extra cost for the additional optional activities.

Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there is an initial maximum of six (6) students per school.

Bookings will be through Trybooking and will open on the first day of Term 3The booking form will include choice of times for the tour.  Please note: Trybooking transactions require a credit card. The Trybooking link will be listed here when bookings open.

Note: Payment will need 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.

Promotion: These are flyers for the breakfast with more details about the venue, the topic and the speaker. It comes in two styles: a more formal text based version and a more graphic version.

Previous Breakfasts

  • 13th March, Hawthorn Speaker: Dr Sue Barrell, Chief Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Topic: Severe weather: How we forecast its impact.
  • 28th March, Ballarat Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hinde, University of Melbourne Topic: Glow in the dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell.
  • 20th April, Sunshine Speaker: Dr Laura Wolz, University of Melbourne Topic: Radio Astronomy through the eyes of a Cosmologist.
  • 27th April, Bendigo Speaker: Prof Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne Topic: MRI for Molecules, Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry
  • 4th May, Geelong Speaker: Dr Gail Iles, RMIT Topic: Human spaceflight and science in space

Interested in being a guest at the next breakfast?

If you are a young woman studying physics or engineering or working in these fields and would like to participate in this event, share a table with secondary students and meet with other young women in your field, please contact Vicphysics or go here to enter your details on line. There is no cost.

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are organised by the Vicphysics Teachers' Network and supported by funding under the Maker Projects: Scheme B of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and sponsorships from ANSTO, the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET), the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swinburne University, the School of Engineering at Deakin University in Geelong, the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University, the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University and the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University.

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