Physics in August 2010: exploring hairy and furry black holes, emission-free power and 50 years of the laser

AIP President’s blog, Australian Institute of Physics

Welcome to the AIP President’s monthly bulletin for people around the country with an interest in physics. It has news and events for August 2010 and beyond.

Do you know someone who would like to contribute to running the AIP? The current executive retires in February 2011, and you are invited to nominate an AIP member for a position on the new executive. Nominations close on 21 August. Details below.

This month the AIP is exploring hairy and furry black holes with the 2010 Women in Physics lecturer, Elizabeth Winstanley from the University of Sheffield in the UK. She’s giving 20 talks around the country to schools, academics and the public. Details below.

Another AIP touring speaker is Elizabeth Thomsen from ANU, who is giving the AIP Queensland Youth Lecture Tour, aimed at year 10 to 12 students and science teachers. Her topic is the need for emission-free power, and how solar energy can provide that power.

And the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics, William D. Phillips, is speaking in Sydney.

AIP branches are also talking about 50 years of the laser and its brilliant future; the 1910 Nobel Prize in physics; quantum physics; and the politics of fusion research.

These and many more events are listed below.

Don’t forget that the closing date for submitting papers to the AIP Congress is Friday 6 August. Registrations have now opened; the links are below.

And don’t forget our new online calendar of physics events. It’s at You can use the calendar to book events into your outlook or internet calendar, and you can submit events to the calendar.

You are welcome to contact me regarding AIP or other physics matters, just email

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Kind regards,

Brian James,

AIP President

In this bulletin:

1.. AIP events across the country

2.. Other activities: for the general public, students and teachers

3.. Nominations for the AIP executive officers 2011-13

4.. AIP 2010 Congress – registration now open!

5.. AIP email – temporary failure

6.. New convenor for ATMOP

7.. Remembering Graham Sorell

8.. Physicists awarded ALTC citations

9.. Competitions for school students

10.. National science week 14-22 August 2010

11.. Historical articles from Nature

12.. Science Prizes

13.. Seminars

14.. Conferences

15.. Submission deadlines for the bulletin and journal

National tour: 2010 Women in Physics – Elizabeth Winstanley

Black holes and the Large Hadron Collider will feature in a series of 20 talks around the country by the 2010 Women in Physics lecturer, Elizabeth Winstanley from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Elizabeth is an expert in general relativity, quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved space-time. Her research focuses on the physics of black holes, particularly ‘hairy’ (and more recently, ‘furry’) black holes in general relativity and on the Hawking radiation of black holes as might be produced at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. The latter topic will form the basis of many of her lectures in Australia. During August, Elizabeth is giving talks in New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia for the public, scientists and students.

Date/Time Title Venue Contact
2 Aug 2-3pm Discussion forum, followed by lecture: What can neutrinos tell us about quantum gravity Room 320, Physics, Sydney University, NSW
3 Aug, 6pm Public lecture: Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider Sydney Observatory, NSW (02) 9921 3485 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (02) 9921 3485      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or book online
5 Aug, 7pm Public lecture: Black holes in the LHC Wollongong Science Centre, NSW or (02) 4286 5000
9 Aug, 1.30pm School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Launceston College, Launceston, Tas
9 Aug, 7pm Public lecture: Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre (Building X, Theatre 5), University of Tasmania, Launceston campus, Tas John MacFarlane on or (03) 6327 4001
10 Aug, 12.45pm School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Don College, Devonport, Tas
11 Aug, 10am School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Hutchins School, Hobart, Tas
11 Aug, 2pm School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Elizabeth College, Hobart, Tas
11 Aug, 8pm Public lecture: Mini black holes at the Large Hadron Collider Physics Lecture Theatre 1, University of Tasmania, Hobart campus, 150 Churchill Ave Sandy Bay, Tas Elizabeth Chelkowska on or (03) 6236 5575
16 Aug, 9.45am School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Matthew Flinders Girls’ High School, Vic Ken Walker on
16 Aug, 1.30pm School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Geoffrey Blainey Auditorium, Mt Helen campus, University of Ballarat, Vic Stephanie Davison on
17 Aug, 10.30am Morning tea with Women in Physics Lecturer Professor Elizabeth Winstanley School of Physics, Monash University, Vic Amelia Liu on
17 Aug, 2.30pm School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions John Monash Science School, Monash University, Vic Alex Gavrilescu on
17 Aug, 6.30pm Public lecture: Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider The University of Melbourne, Old Geology, Vic Scott Wade on
18 Aug, 9.15am School talk: Black holes, spaghetti and explosions Pascoe Vale Girls’ College, Vic Zeita Hare on
18 Aug, 7.30pm Public lecture: Mini black holes at the Large Hadron Collider, and presentation of the Clare Corani Memorial Awards Napier Lecture Theatre 102, Adelaide University, SA Emma Heading on
24 Aug, 6pm Public lecture: Mini black holes in the LHC Parnell Building (7) in room 222, University of Qld, St Lucia campus, Qld Angela White on
26 Aug, 11am Colloquium: What can neutrinos tell us about quantum gravity? Centre for Quantum Physics, Nathan campus, Griffith University, Qld
31 Aug, 3.30pm Seminar: Mini black holes in the LHC Room 2.15, School of Physics, University of Western Australia, WA Gay Hollister on
1 Sep, 6pm Public lecture: Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider Ross Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of WA, WA Andre Luiten on

Australian Capital Territory

27 Aug 2010, 6:00 PM, refreshments available from 5:30 PM

AIP ACT branch meeting


SPEAKER: Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney

VENUE: Dunbar Lecture Theatre (PHYS T), Building 39a, The Australian National University

For more info click here.

New South Wales

17 Aug 2010, 6:00 PM

AIP NSW Branch meeting

TITLE: Declassification of fusion research in 1958: the politics, the physics and the Australian connection

SPEAKER: Brian James, University of Sydney

VENUE: Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney

• 6:00-6.30 pm refreshments, Slade Lecture Theatre.

• 6.35-7.30 pm lecture by Brian James.

• 8.00 pm dinner with the speaker at Buon Gusto (Italian), 368 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale.

E-mail Dr Fred Osman ( for more info, and if you will be able to join us for dinner.

For more info go to the AIP NSW branch website.

Upcoming branch meetings:

Date Speaker/s Title
23 Aug Phil Dooley, University of Sydney
NB Free public lecture at the Powerhouse Museum
Einstein’s unruly child: quantum physics
21 Sep 5:30pm: Felix Lawrence, University of Sydney Photonic crystals: light’s playground
7pm: David Coutts, Macquarie University Exploiting the colour variable in scientific imaging
26 Oct Richard Newbury, University of New South Wales Every thing you wanted to know about quantum transport but were afraid to ask
23 Nov Annual General Meeting, Postgraduate Day & Annual Dinner


3 Aug 2010, 1:00 PM- 2:00PM

AIP QLD Youth Lecture Tour

TITLE: Sparkly to sparky

SPEAKER: Elizabeth Thomsen, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian National University

VENUE: IMB Auditorium, University of Queensland

Aimed at year 10 to 12 students and science teachers, a one-hour lecture will focus on the need for emission free power, and how solar energy can provide that power. The size of the problem faced by the world will be discussed, as will the size of the solar resource, both in Australia and worldwide. Technologies covered will include photovoltaic, thermal, and concentrator solar, as well as strategies to deal with the intermittent solar resource. Some of the current research at ANU will also be discussed.
Subsequent lectures will be held in Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay area and Rockhampton.

More info: Stephanie Golding on or (07) 3365 3427.

17 Aug 2010, 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Tools of Science Series, Qld AIP and the School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland

TITLE: The 1910 Nobel Prize in physics

SPEAKER: Ross McKenzie, University of Queensland

VENUE: Rm 222,  Parnell Building, University of Queensland (St Lucia campus)

The lecture, illustrated where possible with items from the Physics Museum collection, will be followed by a discussion period where participants will be encouraged to show items they have brought along. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the School of Mathematics and Physics. The Physics Museum will be open from 5.30pm.

You can subscribe to receive email reminders about Tools of Science. Simply send an email message to containing  “subscribe tools-of-science” in the body of the email.

For more info go to the Tools of Science website.

Contact: Norman Heckenberg on or (07) 3365 3369


10 Aug 2010, 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

TITLE: AIP education committee (Victoria) meeting

VENUE: Kew High School, Kew

All teachers are welcome to attend this or any other meeting. If you would like to attend, please contact the chair, Sue Grant, at

More info here:

20 Aug 2010, 6.30PM

Hans Bachor. Credit: ACQAO

TITLE: 50 years of lasers and a brilliant future

SPEAKER: Hans Bachor, Australian National University

VENUE: Hercus Theatre, The University of Melbourne

For more info contact Scott Wade on

South Australia

6 Aug 2010, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

TITLE: Presentation of the AIP-SA (incl NT) branch excellence in physics teaching award at the SA national science week opening event

VENUE: Goyder Pavilion, Wayville Showgrounds

More info: Maria Parappilly on

17 Aug 2010, 7PM

Laserfest: The laser is 50!

TITLE: 50 years young with a brilliant future

SPEAKER: Hans Bachor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics, Australian National University

VENUE: Napier Lecture Theatre 102, Adelaide University

More info: Kris Rowland on

19 Aug 2010, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Title: AIP-SA branch super science quiz (for secondary school students)

VENUE: Rumours Café, Adelaide University

More info from Brian Parsons on

New South Wales

4 Aug 2010, 6.30PM – 7.30PM

TITLE: Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe

SPEAKER: William D. Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics

VENUE: The Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

To buy tickets, contact the Seymour Centre box office on (02) 9351 7940. Free for University of Sydney staff, students and Alumni (ID required).

19 Sep 2010, 10:00AM – 4:00PM (note: postponed from original date of 15 August)

TITLE: CSIRO Lindfield and NMI (National Measurement Institute) open day

VENUE: CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering Lindfield, Bradfield Road, West Lindfield, NSW 2070

Learn how important accurate measurement is to everyday life.

Hear about our research in measurement, physics, engineering and materials science.

Chat with our scientists about their work. Discover pathways to a career in science.

If that’s not enough …

Find out how modern movies such as Avatar use science, technology, engineering and lots of complicated maths.

Be entertained by ‘The Excited Particles’, Questacon’s theatre troupe, as they explore all things measurement.

More info: or contact Scott Martin on or 0407-897-561.

Follow it on Twitter: @NMIOpenDay or Facebook: NMI Open Day.


5 August 2010, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Talks for VCE physics students (Melbourne University)

TITLE: Light: waves or particles?

SPEAKER: Lloyd Hollenberg, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

VENUE: Laby Theatre, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

The topics are relevant to the VCE Study Design, and practising physicists have agreed to deliver them. The lectures, of about 1 hour duration, will be held on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Laby Theatre of the School of Physics. Some light refreshments will be available.

Upcoming talks:

Date Title Unit
19 Aug Achilleas Nicola: All about electricity VCE Unit 1, study 2 , Unit 4, study 1
2 Sep Roger Rassool and Andrew Bowen: Hi-fi and surround sound VCE Unit 4, study 3.3
16 Sep Mark Boland: The synchrotron: how and why VCE Unit 4, study 3.1
7 Oct The broadband network: optics and fibres VCE Unit 2 study 2, Unit 4 study 3.2
21 Oct Michelle Livett: Sustainable energy…. really? VCE Unit 1 study 3.5

For more info click here.

15 Aug 2010, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

TITLE: Australian synchrotron open day 2010

More info: or contact Melissa Moyle on (03) 8540 4291.

CAS public lectures (Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University)

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing holds regular free public lectures on the Hawthorn campus (usually in room EN313) at 6.30pm.

20 August 2010, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TITLE: From games to galaxies

SPEAKER: Christopher Fluke, Swinburne

VENUE: Room BA201, Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus

Free, but booking required

Contact: Elizabeth Thackray on or (03) 9214 5569

Upcoming public lectures:

Date Speaker Title
17 Sep Richard Ellis, Caltech Gravitational lensing: Einstein’s unfinished symphony
15 Oct Yuri Levin, Leiden Observatory Black holes in astronomy
5 Nov Robert Crain, Swinburne Galactic fireworks
19 Nov Charles Lineweaver, ANU The search for extra-terrestrials

For more info go to the Swinburne public astronomy lecture website.

22 Aug 2010, 12:00 – 3:00PM

TITLE: Medical radiations careers open day

VENUE: Peter Mac, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

This open day is for students interested in the medical radiations professions.  Staff will conduct tours of these departments and provide important career and professional information.

More info:

Western Australia

Gingin Observatory, Gingin

Stargazing fun. Credit: Gin Gin observatory

Gingin Observatory runs a variety of public events, many suitable for families, as well as regular stargazing tours. More info is available at the Observatory website or by contacting Carol Redford or Donna Vanzetti on (08) 9575 7740 or Contact Carol or Donna to book into events.

The Gravity Discovery Centre is open every day of the school holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Special events include:

Date Time Event
14 Aug 4:30 – 8:30 PM Scorpio’s treasure hunt
21 Aug 7:00 – 9:30 PM Aliens! where are they?
28 Aug 6:30 – 9:30 PM Parade of the planets!

The current executive retires from office at the AIP Council meeting in February 2011. In accordance with the constitution and by-laws the current executive makes the following nominations for the next executive:

President:                 Dr Marc Duldig
Vice-president:          no nominee at present
Treasurer:                Dr Judith Pollard
Secretary:                Dr Andrew Greentree
Registrar:                 Dr Bob Loss
Project officer:          Dr Olivia Samardzic
Project officer:          Dr John Humble

Members are also invited to make nominations for positions on the new executive. Nominations, seconded by a member and accompanied by written consent of the member nominated, should reach the AIP office by 21 August 2010.

Send the nomination to: AIP, 61 Danks Street West, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207 or fax: (03) 9645 6322

The AIP 2010 Congress (5 – 9 December 2010, Melbourne, Australia) presents a unique opportunity for the Australian physics community to come together, discuss cutting-edge research, share breakthrough ideas and showcase our achievements to the nation. Registration is now open and we encourage you to register prior to the early bird closing, Friday 24 September 2010.

A brief reminder…the call for papers will now close Friday 6 August and we encourage you to submit via the Congress website.

The system which forwards members’ email addressed to their address failed on or shortly after 14 July. We were notified of the failure on Monday 19 July. The problem occurred at the server in London and was fixed during 19 July London time. As far as we know no mail was lost. Would anyone who has an unresolved problem with their AIP email in that period please contact

Stephen Gibson, senior Fellow in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories at the ANU, has kindly agreed to take over the role of Group Convenor for ATMOP (Atomic and Molecular Physics Group of the Australian Institute of Physics). Stephen can be contacted on his email address

I note with sadness the death last October of Graham Sorell, distinguished medical physicist and active member of the AIP. He was chairman of the AIP South Australian branch in 1991, when he was instrumental in instigating the AIP Bragg Gold Medal for the best PhD thesis in physics by a student from an Australian University. Graham also actively supported the establishment of the Women in Physics program.

An obituary was published in the APESM Journal in December 2009, which can be found at the following link

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning to several physicists:

  • Jamie Quinton, Flinders University: For influencing, inspiring and motivating student learning through the design and delivery of engaging, interactive and fun physics curricula that focus on positive student experiences
  • Craig Savage, ANU: For implementing curricula that focus on thinking and acting like a physicist, especially through the development and scholarly evaluation of technology for physics education
  • Rachel Webster: University of Melbourne: For creating an exceptional research training culture, inspiring and supporting early researchers to achieve excellence in the astrophysics field, and more broadly as research scholars
  • Michael Tobar, UWA: For inspiring physics students to reach their full potential and transform to successful research scientists through participation in ground breaking research.

For more information, see

AIP photo and video contests

The AIP has prizes for the best photos of physics concepts and videos of physics in action, from school students (and teachers for the videos). The prize pool for each category is $1,000.

Details about the competitions are on the VicPhysics website: photocontest and videocontest.

Entries close on the last day of Term 3.

Poster design competition for space agency forum at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Strathmore

Students in age range 8 to 11 are invited to design a poster on the theme ‘Space Technology to help the Earth’.  Entries must be in to VSSEC by Monday 11th October.  A powerpoint presentation is available to assist teachers.  For more details go to

Australian students perform well at the physics olympiad

The Australian physics team has just returned home from Zagreb, Croatia, where teams of five high school students competed in the 41st International Physics Olympiad. The Australian team performed admirably against tough competition, winning three bronze medals and two honourable mentions.

The results were:

  • Madeleine Barrow, MacRobertson Girls High School, Vic – Honourable Mention
  • Hilary Hunt, MacRobertson Girls High School, Vic – Honourable Mention
  • Andrew Kam, Sydney Grammar School, NSW – Bronze Medal
  • Alexander London, Sydney Grammar School, NSW – Bronze Medal
  • Bob Wu, Sydney Grammar School, NSW – Bronze Medal

The week long Olympiad includes two gruelling five hour exams, one practical and one theoretical, as well as many opportunities to visit local attractions, including those with a scientific character. The team visited the birthplace and museum of Nikola Tesla, who is held in high esteem by the local people as well as the scientific community. Students who are selected for the team have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their studies in physics before undergoing intensive training at Monash University

Australia has been participating in the International Physics Olympiad since 1987. Australian Science Innovations, Inc. manages the Australian teams in the International Olympiads in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. For more info:

National science week events will take place in every state and territory. Many events are free and open to the public, so they are a great opportunity for all Australians to get involved in science. Over 650 events are already listed at

National tour guest speakers include National Measurement Institute nanotechnologist Jan Herrman, whose team at NMI is building an ultra precision atomic force microscope to image and measure nanoscale objects, and Chris Smith, creator of the Naked Scientists radio program.

The national project for this year’s Science Week is the The Big Sleep Survey. Join in the sleep survey online where you can contribute by answering questions on your sleep habits and fill in a sleep diary. Lie down and be counted for science!

For more info, or to register events, go to

The highly respected science journal Nature, established in 1869, has made some of the world’s most important physics and astrophysics research papers available online, including the discovery of the neutron, the first laser, the discovery of superfluidity, the explanation of quasars, the invention of holography, and much more.

Go to

Some papers include:

1896: Discovery of ‘Kathode rays’ by Jean-Baptiste Perrin

1896: Discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Rontgen

1910: The physics of golf by J J Thomson

1913: Isotopes and protons by Frederick Soddy

1921: A brief outline of the development of the theory of relativity by Albert Einstein

1923: Waves of matter by Louis de Broglie

1932: Discovery of the neutron by James Chadwick

1939: Nuclear fission discovered by Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch

VSSEC—NASA Australian space prize

This prize allows an Australian university student to participate in a 10-week program, including working directly with NASA scientists and engineers, on a project that relates to their thesis topic.

More information on the Victorian Space Science Education Centre website. Applications close Monday 6th December.

Last year’s winner was Elizabeth Blaber, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW, who investigated the influence of microgravity on human cellular function.

L’Oréal for Women in Science

The 2010 winners of the L’Oréal for Women in Science fellowships will be announced on Tuesday 24 August. For more info go to

Eureka Prizes – vote for the people’s choice

The winners of the many Eureka Prizes will be announced at the 2010 Award Dinner on 17 August in Sydney. You can still buy tickets to attend.

Until 15 August you can vote in the People’s Choice Award for ‘Australia’s favourite scientist’. One of the six finalists is CSIRO astrophysicist Naomi McClure-Griffiths, who is increasing our understanding of how galaxies evolve by mapping atomic hydrogen in our galaxy, the Milky Way, faster and in more detail than previous surveys.

New South Wales

Australian Telescope National Facility

The Australian Telescope National Facility holds regular colloquia on Wednesdays at 3.30pm (coffee at 3.15pm) in the ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre. More info here or contact Bjorn Emonts on or (02) 9372 4368.

Date Speaker Title
4 August Marcella Massardi, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) Planck & the ground-based telescopes sinergies (i.e. how can ground-based telescopes help CMB missions and viceversa?)
11 August Alex Hill, University of Wisconsin Warm ionized gas in the Galaxy

School of Physics, University of Sydney

The School of Physics holds regular colloquia on Mondays at 3.15pm (refreshments from 3pm) in the Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney. More info here or contact Bruce Yabsley (02) 9351 5970 or

Date Speaker Title
2 August Elizabeth Winstanley, University of Sheffield, UK What can neutrinos tell us about quantum gravity?
9 August Dragomir Neshev, ANU Nonlinear nanophotonics
16 August John O’Sullivan, CSIRO TBA
23 August David O’Connor, Bandwidth Foundry International TBA
30 August Wolfgang Lubitz, Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry TBA
6 September Melvin Hoare, University of Leeds TBA

School of Physics, University of NSW

The School of Physics holds regular colloquia on Tuesdays at 3-4pm in the School of Physics Common Room, Room 64, Old Main Building, University of NSW. More info here or contact Julian Berengut on or (02) 9385 7637.

None are currently timetabled – check the website for updates.


Physics Department, University of Queensland

The Physics Department holds regular colloquia on Fridays at 4pm (refreshments from 3.30pm) in Room 222, Parnell Building, University of Queensland. More info here or contact Chao Feng on or (07) 3346 7719.

None are currently timetabled – check the website for updates.


Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing holds regular colloquia, usually on Thursdays at 11.30am, in the Swinburne Virtual Reality Theatre (Room 104, AR Building). More info here or Jonathon Kocz on

Date Speaker Title
5 August TBA TBA
12 August Aidan Hogan, Curtin University of Technology TBA
19 August Peter McLeish TBA
26 August Bart Pindor, University of Melbourne TBA
7 September Hilton Lewis, Keck Telescope Strategic thrusts at WMKO

Western Australia

School of Physics, University of Western Australia

The School of Physics, UWA holds regular seminars on Tuesdays at 3.30-4.30pm in Room 2.15 (and also other times and locations, where noted). More info here or contact Gay Hollister on or (08) 6488 2738.

Date Speaker Title
3 August Du, Zhihui, Tsinghua University, China SPMD algorithms design in computational science and technology
5 August
(4-5pm, Clews lecture theatre)
Amy L.Oldenburg, University of North Carolina, USA Magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical imaging contrast and elastography using optical coherence tomography
10 August Heidi Reinholz, Johannes-Kepler-Universtität Linz, Austria Radiation from dense plasmas
17 August Klaus Regenauer-Lieb and Frank Horowitz, Western Australian Geothermal Centre, UWA TBA
24 August Nils Ross, UWA TBA
27 August Peter McLeish, Canadian-born international multi-media artist/filmmaker A collaboration based on Red Sprites

52nd International Field Emission Symposium (IFES2010)

Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach, Sydney, NSW

05 Aug – 09 Aug 2010

20th International Congress on Acoustics (ICA 2010)

Sydney, Australia

23 Aug – 28 Aug 2010

11th South Pacific Environmental Radioactvity Conference (SERA 2010)

Gold Coast, Qld

31 Aug – 04 Sep 2010

2nd UNTREF International Congress on Acoustics 2010

Buenos Aires, Argentina

08 Sep – 11 Sep 2010

10th Conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association

BEXCO, Busan, Korea

31 Oct – 04 Nov 2010

Early bird registration before August 15.

Joint Australian Physiological Society/Australian Society for Biophysics meeting

National Wine Centre, Adelaide, SA

28 Nov – 02 Dec 2010

2010 AIP Congress

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vic

05 Dec – 10 Dec 2010

4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP 2011)

Western Cape, South Africa

05 Apr – 09 Apr 2011

XXV International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly: Earth on the Edge

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vic

06 Jun – 08 Jul 2011

Register your expression of interest on the website to receive updates

XXII General Assembly and Congress of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)

Madrid, Spain

22 Aug – 31 Aug 2011

IQEC/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011

Sydney, NSW

29 Aug – 02 Sep 2011

NEW 2012 Queensland Astronomy Education Conference (QAEC)

Details to be on website early 2011

3 Mar 2012

Our next bulletin, to be sent out at the end of June, will cover events in July 2010. We welcome contributions about activities, conferences and announcements. Our next submission deadline is Wednesday 25 August. Please send your submissions to Niall Byrne or Margie Beilharz from Science in Public on or call (03) 9398 1416.

The AIP’s journal, Australian Physics, welcomes your articles. The deadline for the Jul-Aug issue is 28 August. Email your articles and ideas to the editor, Paulo De Souza on


For more information on physics events go to the AIP Events Calendar.

Kind regards,



Assoc. Prof. Brian James

President of the Australian Institute of Physics

Phone: +61 (2) 9351-2471


A 'furry' black hole. Credit: Dr. Elizabeth Winstanley