Girls in Physics Events

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

For 2019 the Girls in Physics Breakfasts will be held in May, except for the Ballarat Breakfast, which will be held in March. There will be one Breakfast in central Melbourne and several in regional Victoria. There will also be an additional Breakfast with the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer for 2019 in August.

At the breakfast students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three young women who are either in the early stages of 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 talked about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience. The flyers below are aimed at students with space for a teacher's name as a point of contact.

Breakfasts in 2019

  • 22nd March, Ballarat Speaker: Dr Dianne Ruka, Monash University Topic: Future Computing and Low Energy Electronics. Flyer, to book: click here. Fully booked
  • 3rd May, Geelong Speaker: Dr Ellen Moon, Deakin University Topic: Science in the Antarctic: Where can STEM take you? Flyer To book: click here. Closing date: 26th April.
  • 10th May, Warrnambool Speaker: Dr Gail Iles, RMIT Topic: Human spaceflight and science in space. FlyerTo book: click here. Closing date: 1st May.
  • 17th May, Bendigo Speaker: Dr Judy Hart, University of New South Wales Topic: Developing new materials for renewable energy. Flyer To book: click here. Closing date: 7th May.
  • 24th May, Wodonga Speaker: Dr Estelle Wright, ANU Topic: Nuclear Fusion: An Australian Perspective. One page flyer, Two page Flyer with more images. To book: click here. Closing date: 16th May.
  • 30th May, Central Melbourne Speaker: Dr Suzie Sheehy, University of Melbourne and Oxford University Topic: Colliding worlds: Using particle physics to cure cancer. Flyer To book: click here. Closing date: 21st May.
  • 28th August, Clayton Speaker: Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, ANSTO Topic: How neutrons can save the world. Flyer To book: click here. Closing date 19th August.

Times: The Breakfasts start at 7:30am and finish about 10:00am.

Program: There is a 45 min talk, starting about 8:20am followed by questions. After this there are two activities on Careers in STEM i) People Like Me Quiz and Job Roles Analysis and ii) Panel of Guests and Case Studies analysis.

Cost per student is $15 with teachers free. The cost for additional teachers was $15 each. A discount to $5 per student is available for schools with a low ICSEA rank. Discounts can be applied for by emailing Vicphysics with subject 'Breakfast discount'.

Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there was an initial maximum of six (6) students per school. The regional events now accept bookings of up to 12 students.

Bookings must be made through Trybooking at the link against each event above.

Note: Payment needs to be made at the time of booking, so a school credit card or personal credit card will be required. School Orders are not accepted. There is a small Trybooking surcharge. If a school subsequently needs an invoice number for their accounts, or if a teacher is making the payment and needs a receipt for reimbursement, please contact Vicphysics.

Promotion: Flyers for each breakfast will be available by the end of January. They will include details about the venue, the topic and the speaker.

Interested in being a guest at one or more breakfasts?

If you are a young woman studying physics or engineering or working in these fields and would like to participate in this event, share a table with secondary students and meet with other young women in your field, please contact Vicphysics or go here to enter your details on line. There is no cost.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are organised by the Vicphysics Teachers' Network and supported by funding from the Laby Foundation and sponsorships the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET), the School of Engineering at Deakin University in Geelong, the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University and the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University. The program is also supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.


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The 2018 Breakfast Program: Final Breakfast talk for 2018 live streamed.

The talk by Dr Ceri Brenner was streamed live on Tuesday, 21st August. To access video click here. Her topic was 'Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world.' Ceri Brenner