Girls in Physics Breakfast in Central Melbourne

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.
Date: 9th May .
Venue: William Angliss Institute, 555 La Trobe St, Melbourne
Times: 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Speaker: AIP Women in Physics lecturer for 2024, Prof Susan Coppersmith, UNSW
Topic: What do Theoretical Physicists do?
Abstract: Physics is important because of its intellectual depth and beauty, and also because understanding physics leads new technologies that can greatly enhance our lives. But how does physics get done, and what is like to be a physicist?

The physics focus of the talk is quantum mechanics, which says that every subatomic particle has both particle-like and wave-like properties. Quantum mechanics has enabled advances including lasers and smartphones and continues to give rise to new technologies such as quantum computers. The talk will describe the back-and-forth between theory and experiment that is critical to progress. It will also discuss the process for becoming a physicist and what working as a physicist is like.

Please note: Unaccompanied students are not accepted. Bookings must indicate the name and contact details of the adult, either teacher or parent, who will accompany the student(s).

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

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’.


Two methods to pay are available,

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

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



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.

Sponsors and Supporters

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