Girls in Physics Breakfast at MonashUniversity

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: 21st July .
Venue: Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk, Monash University, Clayton
Times: 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Speaker: Dr Karen Livesey, University of Newcastle
Dr Karen Livesey is the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecturer for 2023. Karen is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, specialising in magnetic nanomaterials. Her research looks at magnetisation dynamics in thin films and in nanoparticles, for a wide range of applications in biomedicine and in information technology. She is an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET).
In 2023, Karen is one of 60 Superstars of STEM (Science and Technology Australia).

Topic: To be advised

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.

First TeacherNo Charge
Second Teacher$20 / $5*
per Student$20 / $5*

* 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 Laby Foundation and the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics. The program is also supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.