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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

Breakfast talk live streamed.

The talk by Dr Ceri Brenner was streamed live on Tuesday, 21st August. To access video click here.

The breakfast on Tuesday, 21st August, was fully booked.

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 was on Tuesday 21st August at Monash University, Clayton campus.

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

At each breakfast there was an address by a prominent scientist, who talked about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience. For the last breakfast of 2018 the speaker was Dr Ceri Brenner, the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics lecturer for 2018. Dr Brenner wass speaking as part of her national tour.  Her topic was '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 started at 7:30am and finished about 9:30am.

Program: There was an optional add on after the breakfast, which has two components.

  • 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 started at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00.
  • A set of three activities on Careers in STEM, each of which lasted for 30 minutes. The Careers on STEM activities are: i) People Like Me Quiz and Job Roles Analysis, ii) Panel of Guests and Case Studies analysis and iii) Video on 'Keeping Doors Open' and Activities with Careers posters

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

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

Bookings wwere made through Trybooking

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.

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

Previous Breakfasts in 2018

  • 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.

The program for 2019 will be announced in December 2018.

Interested in being a guest at one or more breakfasts next year?

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.

Interested in being a speaker at one of the breakfasts next year?

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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