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AIP NSW Physics in the Pub

Join us as we head down to one of Sydney’s great pubs at The Orient Hotel. Catch up with other physicists and engage in conversation in a relaxed social setting. This is a free event; however, attendees will need to cover the cost of their own food and drinks.
Local scientists will give eight-minute presentations about their research, the colourful history of physics and quirky phenomena that pique their interest.

From outlandish inventions to the charismatic cosmos to graphic life-saving operations, physicists will join us from all over the town.

Your MC Your Host
Phil Dooley will steer you through standup, demos, songs and poems.

Cyntia Franco (Uni of Sydney) is a star builder – she’ll teach you how, and you can take one home to Mum and Dad that’s virtually indistinguishable from a real one.

Casey Edwards (Westmead Hospital) is part of a team that’s pioneering surgery on chilled out humans. Literally. Although their patients’ temperatures are so low you’d think they’re dead, the team perform extraordinary operations that save lives – she’ll explain the physics of their techniques.

In 2018 we farewelled Stephen Hawking. Retired lecturer Ian Bryce will pay tribute to the work of the wheelchair-bound genius.

Ed Simpson (Nuclear@ANU) discussed carbon-dating, polonium-210 and bananas with a customs official. It didn’t go well.

Heather Catchpole (Refraction Media) is inspired by the poetic side of physics. Bring your artistic thoughts – she’ll be improvising some poetry on the spot.

Playing with shadow puppets is a profession for Jesse Van de Sande (Uni of Sydney) – it helps him visualise the 3D shape of distant galaxies based on their silhouette.

Graeme Melville (UNSW) wants to know if 40,000 volts is a lot – sit in the front row to get a great view of his live experiments to find out. Or perhaps don’t…

Patent attorney Phil Burns (Wrays) will take us on a tour of inventions such as antigravity machines, patented by physics greats such as Einstein, Tesla and Michael Jackson.

Schrodinger’s cat was thought up to show how confusing quantum mechanics is. But now the cat’s got a few words to say, says Phil Dooley (Phil Up on Science)

Petr Lebedev (Uni of Sydney) is studying science communication, so he knows what not to do. Or does he?

For more information please contact:
Dr Phil Dooley (philuponscience@gmail.com) or
Dr Frederick Osman (fosman@trinity.nsw.edu.au)

Laser-driven beams: the next generation of accelerator technology

Dr Ceri Brenner is continuing her Women in Physics Lecture tour and will be speaking at a lecture at The University of Queensland on 16 August 2018.

Dr Ceri Brenner is a physicist using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. She has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Institute of Physics’ Clifford-Paterson Medal and Prize for her significant early career contributions to the application of physics in an industrial context.

A graduate of Oxford University and PhD from University of Strathclyde, Ceri has established a unique position working in the UK’s Central Laser Facility, in which her passion for application-focused research works alongside pursuing fundamental understanding of extreme condition physics.

She is a highly experienced and popular science communicator and is a strong advocate of physics engagement to reach new audiences within the public, academia and industry. She especially enjoys inspiring the next generation into this exciting profession. Ceri is also an active member of the physics community with leading committee roles within the Institute of Physics and British Science Association.

PUBLIC LECTURE – Why Should I Care About Physics? From Atoms to Cancer Therapy and More!

Dr Catalina Curceanu
National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Frascati, Italy
What a wonderful world! And how many different structures, from stars to human beings! We have learned about atoms, Higgs bosons, black holes and the Big Bang; we have internet, computers, satellites, GPS and so many amazing technologies! Who needs more? But how do they work? One may think we should not care about the physics beyond technology; it is not our business how technology works! But this is not true! Amazing things happen if we try to understand the physics behind our technology: GPS works due to…Einstein; computers work due to…quantum mechanics; we can cure cancer with particle accelerators. But even more important, we can explore the Universe – inside and outside us – because we are curious beings, we are all born physicists! The adventure of physics will last as long as humanity – we will never stop asking questions. Stay hungry, stay foolish? No! Stay curious. Albert Einstein once said: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”.

AIP Women in Physics lecture – Wollongong

Special Public Lecture Event – at Wollongong Science Centre
“Innovation with the most powerful lasers in the world”

Women in Physics Lecture Series
Each year the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) funds a national tour by an eminent female physicist. This year’s AIP Women in Physics lecturer will be Dr Ceri Brenner, an experimental physicist from the UK. Ceri’s AIP lecture in Wollongong is in partnership with the School of Physics at Wollongong University.

Ceri Brenner is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter and is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel! The extreme physics she studies can also be applied for understanding supernova explosions in space or how we can ignite a star on earth for clean electricity generation.

When Ceri shines the CLF’s super-intense lasers at a solid, liquid or a gas, they super-heat to millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second and rip apart the material structure to transform into plasma—the fourth state of matter.

Island Physics 2018

Held at Peppers Blue Resort on Magnetic Island QLD between August 6-9, Island Physics will bring participants from academia and industry together to advance quantum technologies in Australia.

The format will be a mixture of invited and contributed talks together with plenty of discussion.

Women in Physics Public Lecture – UWA

Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world

The Australia Institute of Physics proudly presents Dr Ceri Brenner as the 2018 Women in Physics Lecturer. Dr Brenner is a physicist working in the UK’s Central Laser Facility, using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technologies by creating creating small, high powered particle accelerators that produce x-rays, neutrons, and ions. She especially enjoys inspiring the next generation into this exciting profession and takes physics concepts that everyone learns at school to a whole new level.

Glitch – Investigating the densest matter in the universe: The 2016 glitch of the Vela pulsar

Public lecture by Jim Palfreyman, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania.

Pulsars are neutron stars that are the remnants of supernova explosions. They are highly dense and rotate rapidly, some with accuracy better than atomic clocks. The Vela pulsar famously “glitches” or speeds up in rotation roughly every three years. No glitch has ever been observed in-action with a radio telescope large enough to see individual pulses, until now. Some remarkable events occurred and these will be covered in detail. The presentation will be aimed at people who have a general interest in astronomy.

Physics in the Pub

Physics in the Pub is an informal, lighthearted night where physicists, astronomers, theoreticians, engineers and educators share their love of science

Grab a drink and a snack, and hear local researchers talk and laugh about their science in a relaxed setting.

Some presenter slots available: You’ll have eight minutes to entertain the audience with stand up, a poem, a song or just a damn good science talk. Email philuponscience@gmail.com now!


Public Lecture – Shedding Light on Dark Matter

Professor Chris Power of the University of Western Australia will review what the latest observations and numerical simulations are telling us about dark matter. He will also speculate on what we might learn in the coming years, especially as observation, theory, and experiment place more stringent limits on what the dark matter can be.

2018 QLD Branch Committee confirmed

At the recent Branch Annual General Meeting (26th October, 2017 held at UQ), the 2018 Branch committee was proposed and accepted.

Our 2018 Committee is:

Till Weinhold (Chair) (UQ)
Joanna Turner  (Secretary) (USQ)
Joel Alroe (Vice-Chair) (QUT)
Igor Litvinyuk (Treasurer) (GU)
Scott Adamson (All Hallows)
Simon Critchley (Qld Health)
Austin Lund (UQ)
Nunzio Motta (QUT)
Carolyn Brown (USQ)

The contact email addresses for the executive positions are provided on the Committees page found here.

Feel free to chat (to) or contact our committee members if you want to be involved in, or introduce events that you would like QLD AIP to consider being part of.

Bracketing our AGM were two marvelous talks! If you would like to be on the newsletter that is sent out about events we are running, please contact our Branch Secretary to have your name added.  We look forward to hearing from you!