Girls in Physics Breakfast in Wodonga

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: 30th May .
Venue: The Cube, South Auditorium, Wodonga
Times: 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.
Speaker: Dr Renee Goreham, School of Information and Physical Sciences, College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle
Bio: Dr Renee Goreham, a Senior Lecturer in physics at the University of Newcastle, is an expert in Nano-Biotechnology. Originally from Port Augusta, a small town in South Australia, Renee now explores the world of the minuscule (nano-sized!). After earning her PhD in 2014 from the University of South Australia, she continued her research through post-doctoral positions at Flinders University, the University of South Australia, and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Returning to Australia, Renee joined the University of Newcastle in 2019, where her contributions were honoured with the Women in Research Fellowship in 2020. Recently, she received the AIP NSW Community Outreach Award in Physics for her remarkable efforts in sharing science with the community. Join us as Dr. Renee Goreham takes us on an exciting journey at the intersection of nanotechnology and healthcare, unlocking new possibilities for early disease detection.
Topic: Breath of Discovery: Nanotechnology – A Disease Breathalyser
Abstract: Imagine living in a world where diseases like lung cancer could be identified even before symptoms appear, offering patients a crucial head start in their fight against illness. Currently, there’s no efficient screening for lung cancer until symptoms emerge, often at an advanced stage. Renee’s research is on using nanotechnology and transforming the act of breathing into a diagnostic tool for lung cancer. The unique approach zeroes in on distinctive particles present in breath, acting as markers for cancer. Renee’s research group is actively working on designing a portable and affordable device that can revolutionise early detection. Just envision the profound impact of identifying lung cancer sooner, well before any symptoms manifest – all through the simple act of breathing! Renee will discuss what nanotechnology is and how she uses it in her research to make new technologies.
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 twelve (12) 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.

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Sponsors and Supporters

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