PHYSCON 2023

Victorian Physics Teachers’ Conference – 24th Feb

The Vicphysics Teachers’ Network will be presenting PHYSCON 2023 with the support of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology. PHYSCON 2023 will be at the Hawthorn campus on Burwood Rd and online on Friday, 24th February.

The conference will feature:

  • live-streamed keynote addresses with Prof Jean Brodie, Swinburne University on ‘Astronomy at the Frontier’ and Dr Suzie Sheehy, University of Melbourne (see below for more details)
  • 3 sessions of workshops in person and online,
  • Access to exhibitors,
  • Round table activities on course planning of Units 3 & 4 for 2024,
  • Networking lunch,
  • VCAA update by Maria James, Science Manager,
  • Review of the Nov 2022 exam by the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen,
  • Laboratory tours of cutting edge facilities and visits to the Virtual Reality theatre,
  • Saturday Excursion Tasters to the Australian Synchrotron and VSSEC and a Peter MacCallum Medical Physics In-Service.

Suggesting a workshop: If you would like to propose an idea for a workshop for Vicphysics to develop, please email us with your suggestion.

Call for presenters
If you would like to present a workshop, please click here to enter the details of the workshop. Presenters and one co-presenter will not have to pay the conference fee. Submissions are requested by Friday, 16th September, so that registrations can open at the beginning of Term 4.

Sponsorship opportunities and Exhibitor information
If your organisation might be interested in sponsoring an aspect of the conference or you would like to display your company’s products at the conference, please download this document which has information of the various sponsorship options and exhibitor packages.

Keynote addresses:
Jean BrodieProf Jean Brodie, Director, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS), Swinburne University of Technology

Bio: Much of her work makes use of the fossil record embodied in globular star clusters (amongst the oldest radiant objects in the universe) to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies. Although she is primarily an optical/infrared observer with an instrumentation background, she works closely with theorists, particularly in the areas of stellar populations and simulations of galaxy formation in a cosmological context.

Abstract: In this talk, Jean will explore the frontiers of astronomy with the latest results from CAS’s areas of research

Suzie SheehyDr Suzie Sheehy. Senior Lecturer in Accelerator Physics at the University of Melbourne and visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford.

Bio: Her research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications with a focus on medicine.

Abstract: to follow.

This conference is being presented by Vicphysics Teachers’ Network and hosted by Swinburne University of Technology.