Category Archives: VIC

February VIC Branch Event

On 11 February 2019 at the School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, Prof. Elisabetta Barberio spoke about Australia’s contribution to discovering the Higgs Boson and future experimental research on detecting dark matter such a WIMPs. We also learned that bananas are a potent source of background radiation!

It was poetic that Prof. Barberio spoke on the International Women In Science Day as she is the first female Australian Institute of Physics Walter Boas Medal recipient.

Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Amanda Caples also showed her support by attending the talk and congratulating Prof. Barberio on her Boas Medal afterwards.
AIP-Feb2019-51126586_2535178313176558_4946797504508198912_Prof. Elisabetta Barberio, Boas Medal Winner (Hercus Theatre, Uni. of Melb.)

AIP-Feb2019-52120225_2536250253069364_862112898242052096_nDr Gail Iles (AIP Vic Branch Chair), Prof. Elisabetta Barberio (Uni. Melb.), Dr Amanda Caples (Lead Scientist Victoria)

2019 Victorian Branch Committee

Happy New Year!
We hope that you are returning to work fully-charged and ready to take on 2019.
This year we have a new Victorian branch committee with office-holders and general members as follows:
  • Chair               Gail Iles (RMIT)
  • Vice-Chair      Daniel Langley (Swinburne)
  • Secretary       Matthew Lay (FB Rice)
  • Treasurer       Geoffrey Cousland (Melbourne Uni.)
  • General          Amanda Perdomo (Royal Children’s Hospital),                                                                          Mark Edmonds (Monash), John Thornton (DST),                                                                      Anton Tadich (Australian Synchrotron)
We are planning lots of exciting events this year, allowing you to make full use of your membership, and to bring your friends and colleagues to public events too. 
  • February: Professor Elisabetta Barberio (University of Melbourne) will deliver the BOAS Medal lecture coinciding with the AIP AGM
  • March: we will have a stand within the Victorian Government pavilion at the Avalon Airshow.  Many physicists are also pilots, aspiring or otherwise, so this is a good opportunity to combine physics, fun and flying. 
  • April: we will have a talk by the Lead Scientist for Victoria, Amanda Caples, with a members-only event afterwards, giving you the chance to talk to Amanda directly.
For dates, locations and updates, please check the website regularly and/or follow us on twitter or Facebook.
The committee will be meeting regularly throughout 2019 and we are always happy to hear suggestions for events that you – the members – would like to see offered.
Wishing you all the best for a fruitful 2019,
Kind regards,
Branch Chair – Australian Institute of Physics (Victoria)

WIP Public Lecture 2017

“Dispatches from a Dark Universe”

Presented by Dr Katie Mack, University of Melbourne

The Victorian Branch is delighted to announce the Women in Physics public lecture for 2017, “Dispatches from a Dark Universe”, presented by Dr Katie Mack of the University of Melbourne.


When: Tuesday 15th August 2017, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Laby Theatre, David Caro Building, University of Melbourne

 Light refreshments provided from 6pm


There’s more to the Universe than we can see – even more than we can ever see. I’ll give a tour of the edges of our knowledge of the cosmos, including where the frontiers are, and what might remain unknowable forever. Come for the Big Bang, stay for the possibility of the ultimate destruction of all of reality.

About the speaker:


Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the Universe. Katie is also an active science communicator and is passionate about science outreach. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Sky & Telescope, Scientific American, and other popular publications, and has been a columnist for Cosmos Magazine.


As this event is expected to attract a number of people, in order to plan for catering it would be ideal if you could register via the following Google Forms link:

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Anton Tadich

AIP Victorian Branch Chair


Dr Katie Mack – Women in Physics Lecture Tour 2017 – VIC 14 -15 August

Dr Katie Mack is the Women in Physics Lecturer for 2017.

See if she is coming to a location near you!


14th August – Bendigo, Victoria

Event: Public lecture

Topic: A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)

Where: La Trobe University

When: 12.00pm


15th August – Bundoora and Melbourne, Victoria

Event: Girls In Physics Breakfast

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask.

Where: La Trobe University, Bundoora

When: 7am


Event: Public Lecture

Topic: Dispatches from a Dark Universe

Where: The Laby Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne

When: 6.30pm

AIP Laboratory Tour: IMBL Beamline @ the Australian Synchrotron


Dear AIP Member,

The AIP Victorian Branch is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to visit the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron!

Amongst the world’s synchrotron light source laboratories there are only a few examples of a dedicated beamline working in the field of medical radiography and radiotherapy research. The Imaging and Medical beam line (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron is just such a purpose built facility. The x-ray beams from the synchrotron provide bright, low bandwidth, coherent, and polarised radiation which IMBL uses to create a useful tool. IMBL was designed and built to investigate ways in which the qualities of synchrotron x-ray beams can be exploited for bio-medical research. The highly collimated nature of the beam allows spatial modulation with feature sizes down to the ~10 micron scale. High lateral and transverse coherence enables phase contrast planar imaging and computed tomography (CT) for both bio-medical and materials radiography. IMBL’s bright illumination can also be exploited for dynamic x-ray imaging over large areas and with frame times of a few milliseconds. IMBL has three radiation enclosures for experiments. Together these host a wide range of studies, from broad bandwidth fine structured beam radio-biology projects, to monochromatic (narrow bandwidth) computed tomography, large animal pre-clinical and eventually clinical human x-ray imaging. The latter will be enabled with a new Patient Positioning System (PPS) installed and commissioned in early 2017.

The evening will begin with presentations from IMBL Senior Scientist Dr Chris Hall (Australian Synchrotron) and ARC Future Fellow Dr Marcus Kitchen (Monash University). Following this, a tour of the IMBL beamline will commence which will cover the experimental hutches, beam transfer tunnel, and the newly installed robotic patient positioning system.

Tour Details

Where : Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton. Meet at the reception area of the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS)

When: Monday July 3rd, 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm. Guests are requested to arrive prior to 6:30pm for visitor sign-in.

Format: ~ 1 hour of presentations by IMBL scientists, followed by ~ 1 hour tour of the IMBL beamline. IMBL staff will be in attendance during the event.

Visit Schedule

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Arrival and sign-in
  • 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm: Presentations from IMBL scientists and users
  • Dr Chris Hall (IMBL Scientist, Australian Synchrotron) “Introduction to the IMBL at the Australian Synchrotron”
  • Dr Marcus Kitchen (ARC Future Fellow, Monash University)
  • “X-ray computed tomography with dose reduction factors in the thousands”
  • 7:30pm ~ 8:30pm : Tour of IMBL beamline

Registration: Registration is required as places are limited, and attendee names are required prior to the event in accordance with visitor regulations at the Australian Synchrotron. All registrants will be emailed an information pack closer to the date, containing important information about the visit.

Please note: For those who arrive on the night who have not registered, the AIP Victorian Branch cannot guarantee you will be able to attend the tour. We thank you for your understanding.

To register for the event please access the following Google Form link:



Anton Tadich

AIP Victorian Branch Chair

Flyer Attachment:


Victorian Branch Nobel Lecture and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 1 Dec

Due to a clash with the Australian Synchrotron User’s Meeting, the Victorian Branch Nobel Lecture and Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been postponed. They will now be held on Thursday 1stDecember at Swinburne.

The Nobel Lecture will be given by Prof. Michael Fuhrer.

 Date: Thursday the 1st of December 2016

Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, BA building, BA201 (enter from Burwood Road)

Time: lecture 6.30 – 7.30 pm, AIP AGM 7.30 – 8:00 pm


The AGM will be held directly after the lecture at the same location. Please find attached a poster (2016_Nobel_Lecture_MFuhrer) on the lecture and  a map showing the location of the lecture hall at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus.