Girls in Physics Breakfasts: Information for Students

A series of Girls in Physics Breakfasts have been organised for 2024. They will be held over the months from March to September. The events are for girls in Years 10 – 12.

The events are:

  • 8th March, Ballarat Speaker: Prof Emma Ryan-Weber, Monash University, Topic: Where does stuff come from? Flyers
  • TBC March, Mildura Speaker: TBC, Topic: TBC. Flyer to follow
  • 22nd March, Monash University Speaker: A/Prof Kaye Morgan, Monash University. Topic: Playing with Light: X-ray Imaging at the Synchrotron. Flyers
  • TBC, Bendigo Speaker: Dr Nadia Zatsepin, La Trobe University Topic: Making molecular movies with X-ray lasers. Flyer to follow.
  • 17th May, Traralgon Speaker: Natalie Clements, Medical radiation physicist, Topic: Using physics to treat cancer. flyer to follow.
  • 30th May TBC, Wodonga Speaker: Dr Renee Goreham, University of Newcastle, Topic: Nanobiotechnology: Building the Future of Medicine and Beyond. Flyer to follow
  • 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.
  • 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?

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 $25, 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.