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The AIP Women in Physics (WIP) Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. This annual award recognises a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics. This year, the WIP lecturer will give talks in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, TAS, SA and WA.
See the Women in Physics Lecturer page for information on nominations, closing dates and previous WIP lecturers.
Read about this year's Women in Physics Lecturer, Dr Karen Livesey below. Do you have a question about the 2023 Women in Physics Lecture tour dates and venues? Please email WIP@aip.org.au for info.
Meet Dr Karen Livesey
Did you know that tiny magnets, 1000 times thinner than a human hair, are used in cancer treatments, computers and even in self-repairing paints? Theoretical physicist Dr Karen Livesey is designing new nano-sized magnets to address global technological challenges, such as reducing the energy that today’s computers use, and heating inoperable tumours to improve health outcomes.
Dr Karen Livesey was the first in her family to finish high school and went on to study Physics at the University of Western Australia, completing a PhD in 2010. For almost 10 years, she worked at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs reaching the rank of Associate Professor.
While the covid-19 pandemic was raging, she moved to Newcastle NSW with her family in 2020. She is currently a Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Newcastle, and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies.
Karen loves to share her passion for physics and mathematics through university teaching, pub talks, media interviews, and public lectures.
She has received research and teaching awards in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia. In 2023-24, she is a Superstar of STEM awarded by Science and Technology Australia.
We are so excited to welcome Karen as our 2023 Women in Physics lecturer. Catch her talks around the country below.
11 Sep 2023 - Public Lecture: Nano-magnets for biomedicine
21 July Girls in Physics Breakfast – Nano-Magnets: New Materials to Address Biomedical and Technological Problems (Breakfast event for women and girls in physics)
20 July, 7PM | RMIT University | Nano-magnets: new materials to address biomedical and technological problems (Public Lecture)
28 June, 7PM | University of Western Australia | Nano-magnets: new materials to address biomedical and technological problems (Public Lecture)
28 June , 12PM | Curtin University | Magnetic Nanoparticles for the 21st Century Lecture (Technical seminar + Lunch)