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Public Lecture – Prof Rachel Webster, Nobel Lecturer 2019

“The Origins of the Universe” – Prof Rachel Webster, University of Melbourne

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos” with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” Every year, the Australian Institute of Physics, Victoria branch, invites a distinguished speaker to present the Nobel Lecture in Melbourne. The AIP Nobel Lecturer is selected due to their knowledge in the same field as that for which the prize was awarded.
Professor Webster has taught and researched Astrophysics for over 20 years in Australia, UK and Canada.
Tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aip-public-lecture-prof-rachel-webster-nobel-lecturer-2019-tickets-82143002933

Public colloquium, Dr Steven Goldfarb from the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

Dr Goldfarb will present a free public colloquium entitled “Hidden Pieces: The Large Hadron Collider and our dark universe”.
People have been fascinated by scientific discovery since ancient times. Today, for the first time ever, we can discover and analyse phenomena that we can neither see nor feel directly. In this fascinating presentation Dr Goldfarb will talk about dark matter, antimatter, and dark energy. He will go into extra dimensions and will look into the 95% of the Universe that we still know nothing about.

Please register for attendance at:

About the speaker:
Dr. Steven Goldfarb is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1991, for research carried out on the L3 experiment on CERN’s Large Electron Positron collider, and began his current participation on the Large Hadron Collider in 1998. He served as ATLAS Muon Software Coordinator and participated in preliminary studies of the Higgs boson search. Most recently, Dr. Goldfarb has focused effort on the challenges of large-scale science communication. He served as ATLAS Outreach Coordinator, overseeing worldwide communication of the Higgs boson discovery in 2012, and launching the award-winning ATLAS Virtual Visit system. Dr. Goldfarb currently chairs the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, coordinates the University of Michigan REU CERN Summer Student and Semester Abroad programs, serves on the US National Science Foundation’s QuarkNet advisory board and the American Physical Society Committee for Informing the Public. Dr. Goldfarb discussed the necessity of scientific exploration for human survival at TEDxTUM, attempted to answer how humans measure what we cannot see at TEDxOporto, and played the role of a purple worm in the production of a TED Ed animation, in which he and his friend Dave (try to) explain how the Higgs boson gives particles mass. He also fronts the popular Geneva-based Canettes Blues Band.

QLD Branch AGM 2019

We are pleased to announce that the QLD nominee for the 2019 Bragg Gold Medal, Dr Satya Undurti, will be presenting his research prior to the AGM. More information about his presentation are provided via the link below.
The expected timing of the proceedings will be as follows:
4.00pm – 4.50pm Dr Satya Undurti presents his research
5.00pm – 5.30pm AGM
For catering purposes it would be appreciated if you could register your attendance by Thursday the 14th of November to aip_branchsecretary_qld@physics.org.au . Catering will involve pizza and cold drinks.
Announcement available here: https://physics.org.au/2019-annual-general-meeting-qld-branch/

CANCELLED: Robotics from the point of view of Woodside and NASA employees

Unfortunately our speakers are unable to speak, so we have cancelled the event.

Apologies all, will have another event for you soon.


Please join your fellow physicists on Tuesday 30th of April at 6pm, UWA Physics, 2nd floor Lecture Theatre 2.15. Following the lecture reconvening 5th floor UWA Physics building tea-room, for the fun, interesting talks, food, drinks and conversation that make up your AIP General Meeting.

Please RSVP right away as places are limited on the Eventbrite site via this link, so we can cater for the event. Remember to bring a friend!

  • We are pleased to announce that you will have the pleasure of two guest speakers discussing Robotics from the point of view of Woodside and NASA employees. 
  • This is a joint AIP and AYAA (Australian Youth Aerospace ) event.
  • Kyle Saltmarsh – Robotics Engineer at Woodside Energy.
  • Craig Kourku – Johnston space centre.

See eventbrite link above for more details.

Call 0447 112 358 if you need directions.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.