Girls in Physics Breakfasts: Information for Students

A series of Girls in Physics Breakfasts have been organised for 2023. They will be held over the months from May to September. The events are for girls in Years 10 – 12.

The events are:

  • 25th May, William Angliss Institute, 555 La Trobe St, Melbourne Speaker: Prof Rachel Webster, Melbourne University Topic: Black Holes: a window to another universe. Closing date: Tuesday, 16th May.
  • 31st May, Mildura Speaker: Distinguished Professor Emeritus Frances Separovic AO, Melbourne University, Topic: MRI of Molecules where Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry. Closing date: Tuesday, 23rd May.
  • 2nd June, Wodonga Speaker: Emma Dyce, Medical radiation physicist, Topic: Treating skin cancer with radiotherapy. Closing date: Friday, 26th May.
  • 2nd August, Geelong Speaker: A/Prof Elizabeth Hinde, Melbourne University, Topic: Glow in the dark – Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell. Closing date: Friday, 26th July.
  • 16th August, Traralgon Speaker: Prof Rachel Webster, Melbourne University, Topic: Geothermal energy in Gippsland. Closing date: Tuesday, 8th August.
  • 25th August, Ballarat Speaker: Dr Taissa Danilovich, Monash University, Topic: Molecules in space. Closing date: Friday, 18th August.
  • 8th September, Bendigo Speaker: Dr Amanda Karakas, Monash University Topic: Stars as chemical element factories. Closing date: Tuesday, 1st September.

If you wish to attend an event, your school needs to make the booking, so please see your teacher. There is also a cost of $20, which you will need to pay or your school may pay on your behalf.

At each breakfast, you will be seated at tables with students from other schools. At each table there will be two or three women, either at university or in a career in physics or engineering. Over breakfast, you can query them about their life and work. There will also be a guest speaker, see above for details as well as the flyer. There are also activities on careers.

The purpose of the events is to give you:

  • an insight into aspects of physics and technology from speaking to the women about their work, and
  • an appreciation of the range of careers that are on offer from studying physics.