Girls in Physics Breakfasts in 2024

Girls in Physics Breakfasts will held at venues in Melbourne and across regional Victoria.

At the breakfast students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three women who are either in 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 are seated with students from other schools.

At each breakfast there is an address by a prominent scientist, who talks about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience.

Wishing to share a table with students? register here to enter your details on line. There is no cost.
Making a school booking? Click the venue in the list below.

  • 8th March, Ballarat Speaker: Prof Emma Ryan-Weber, Swinburne University, Topic: Where does stuff come from? Flyers
  • 19th March, Mildura Speaker: Dr Gail Iles, RMIT, Topic: Aeroplanes and Rocket Science – your ticket into space. Flyers
  • 22nd March, Monash University Speaker: A/Prof Kaye Morgan, Monash University. Topic: Playing with Light: X-ray Imaging at the Synchrotron. Flyers
  • 9th May, Central Melbourne Speaker: Prof Susan Coppersmith, UNSW, The AIP Women in Physics lecturer for 2024. Topic: From Grains of Sand to Quantum Computers. Flyers
  • 17th May, Traralgon Speaker: Natalie Clements, Medical radiation physicist, Topic: Using physics to treat cancer. Flyers.
  • 30th May TBC, Wodonga Speaker: Dr Renee Goreham, University of Newcastle, Topic: Nanobiotechnology: Building the Future of Medicine and Beyond. Flyer to follow
  • Term 3, Bendigo Speaker: Dr Nadia Zatsepin, La Trobe University Topic: Making molecular movies with X-ray lasers. Flyer to follow.
  • 15th August, Geelong Speakers: Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Prof Wendy Timms, Deakin University, Topics: a) The Gentle Art of Breaking Stuff, b) Locking Carbon in the Ground: How, When Where?

There are two Flyers for each event, one giving basic details and one with an abstract and bio.
Times: The Breakfasts start at 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Closing dates: A week before the event.

Special Event: Live-Streaming

The presentation by Prof Susan Coppersmith on Thursday, 9th May will be live-streamed. Want to run your own in-school breakfast for more of your students? then check here for details.

Fees

Schools can book by clicking a link for their chosen venue, by clicking on the link in the list above. Two methods to book are available,

  • by credit card or
  • by bank transfer, an email is generated with the details of the Vicphysics bank account.

The table below shows the fee structure. The fee includes GST.

CategoryCost
First TeacherNo Charge
Second Teacher$25 / $10*
per Student$25 / $10*

* A discount was available for schools with a low ICSEA rank. Discounts could be applied for by emailing Vicphysics with subject ‘Breakfast discount’.
Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there was an initial maximum of six (6) students per school. For regional events up to 12 students could be accommodated.

Program:

The Breakfasts in most instances start at 7:30am and finish about 10:00am. Check the link for any variation.
There is a 45 min talk, starting about 8:20am followed by questions. After this there are two activities on Careers in STEM i) Quiz and Job Roles Analysis and ii) Case Studies analysis. A Q&A with a panel of guests rounds out the event.

Promoting the event to your students

The Flyer for each breakfast is two pages, one with basic information of date, speaker, topic, venue, etc. The other page with information about the speaker and her topic.

Interested in being a guest at one or more breakfasts?

If you are a 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 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?

Vicphysics is seeking speakers for breakfasts in 2024.

If you would like to be a speaker, click here for more details and the expression of interest form.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are organised by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network and supported by funding from the Invergowrie Foundation.