Girls in Physics Events

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

For 2019 the Girls in Physics Breakfasts will be held in May. There will be one Breakfast in central Melbourne and several in regional Victoria. Details of dates, venues and speakers will be announced in December this year. There will also be an additional Breakfast with the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer for 2019. The date and venue for this event will decided once the lecturer has been selected.

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 program for 2019 will be announced in December 2018.

Times: The Breakfasts start at 7:30am and finished 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.

Bookings must be made through Trybooking. Bookings will open at the end of January, 2019

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 next year?

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.

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

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. Ceri Brenner

The Vicphysics Teachers' Network received federal funding to expand the Girls in Physics Breakfasts program for 2018. There were two breakfasts in the Melbourne metropolitan area, Sunshine and Hawthorn, and three in regional Victoria, in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The last one for 2018 was on Tuesday 21st August at Monash University, Clayton campus.

Breakfasts in 2018

  • 13th March, Hawthorn Speaker: Dr Sue Barrell, Chief Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Topic: Severe weather: How we forecast its impact.
  • 28th March, Ballarat Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hinde, University of Melbourne Topic: Glow in the dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell.
  • 20th April, Sunshine Speaker: Dr Laura Wolz, University of Melbourne Topic: Radio Astronomy through the eyes of a Cosmologist.
  • 27th April, Bendigo Speaker: Prof Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne Topic: MRI for Molecules, Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry
  • 4th May, Geelong Speaker: Dr Gail Iles, RMIT Topic: Human spaceflight and science in space.
  • 21st August, Clayton Speaker: Dr Ceri Brenner, UK Topic: Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world.