Welcome to my monthly newsletter to those with an interest in physics around Australia.
I will present the Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics and the AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia to Christian Rosberg and Hans Bachor, respectively, in Canberra on 29 October.
NSW is planning two major events in November: the Physics in Industry Day on 19 November, which this year showcases medical physics; and a big day on 24 November with postgraduate awards, the AGM, a guest lecture by the AIP’s Marc Duldig and the annual dinner.
And the International Year of Astronomy is still going strong with public lectures, the Great World Wide Star Count, sidewalk astronomy, photographic exhibitions, film and theatre.
Details of these events below.
Nominations for the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer close this month, and nominations open for the Kavli Prizes. One is awarded in each of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and the recipient receives $US1 million.
I am also calling for expressions of interest for a new editor for the AIP journal, Australian Physics. Details below.
Also, in the Jobs and Scholarships section we have information on PhD scholarships in Quantitative Marine Science as well as a number of opportunities in the Bureau of Meteorology.
The bulletin has grown over the last few years. This issue is over 5,000 words. Over the next few weeks we’ll be thinking about the best ways to develop it – perhaps, for example, by splitting it into two bulletins, one on events, another with other news, or by making better use of weblinks. I’d welcome your thoughts on how useful you find the bulletin.
Please also encourage others to subscribe to the bulletin. It is freely available to members and non-members. Non-members can subscribe via the AIP website. I’d also encourage you to pass it on to non-members who are interested in physics.
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In this bulletin:
AIP events across the country
Editor for Australian Physics – expressions of interest invited
2009 Laby medal awarded to Dilani Kahawala
The 60 Second Science Challenge – Australian Science Video Competition
International Year of Astronomy
AIP Victorian Branch Education activities
Physics activities across the country – general
Physics activities across the country – seminars
Jobs and Scholarships
Submission deadlines for the bulletin and journal
Australian Capital Territory
ACT: Wednesday 14 October, 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm), ACT AIP
TITLE: The astronomy of Aboriginal Australians
SPEAKER: Ray Norris, Australian Telescope National Facility
Ray will discuss the astronomical component of ancient Aboriginal cultures. Many of their stories and ceremonies are linked with celestial cycles, which also provide tools for navigation, calendars and life.
Sources for research in this new field include the thriving Aboriginal cultures in Australia’s top end, and artefacts from the Aboriginal people of South East Australia.
More info on the ACT AIP website.
ACT: Thursday 29 October, 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm), AIP
TITLE: Presentation of the Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics and the AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia.
Brian James, AIP President, will present the Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics to Christian Rosberg, formerly a student in the Non-Linear Physics Centre at the Australian National University.
And Brian will present the AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia to Hans Bachor, Director of the Australian Centre for Quantum-Atom Optics and former ACT Branch Chairman.
SPEAKER: The award ceremony will include presentations by both prize winners.
More info on the ACT AIP website.
New South Wales
NSW: AIP NSW branch meetings, held in conjunction with the University of Sydney
The NSW branch holds meetings in the Slade Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney, from 6.30pm. Refreshments are available from 6pm and entrance to all events is free. More info at the NSW AIP website or contact Frederick Osman on email@example.com.
|27 October||Iver Cairns, University of Sydney||Space science in Australia: the next 10 years|
See below for event details
|Marc Duldig, Australian Antarctic Division||Particle astronomy – the second window|
NSW: Thursday 19 November, Physics in Industry Day 2009, NSW AIP
TITLE: NSW Medical Physics Showcase
VENUE: CSIRO, Lindfield facility, Sydney
Healthcare in Australia and around the world is too expensive. It is horrendously labour intensive and access is far from equitable. While new technology has improved health, it has done nothing to reduce overall cost — quite the opposite — healthcare expenditure is rising alarmingly as a percentage of GDP.
Effective new medical products and therapies tend to be expensive and drive up demand. If our future health systems are going to keep us healthy at a reasonable cost, then we must find new delivery models.
Speakers from research, industry and government will provide their perspectives on this challenge, as well as industry trends, new developments in the lab/clinic, and some local commercial successes, at this Australian Institute of Physics event.
NSW: Tuesday 24 November, Postgraduate Awards Day, AGM, guest speaker and annual dinner, NSW AIP
VENUE: Lecture Room 1, The Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, followed by dinner at Buon Gusto
2009 Postgraduate Awards
These awards have been created to encourage excellence in postgraduate work. Each New South Wales University is invited to nominate one student to compete for the $500 prize and Postgraduate medal.
Students are asked to make a 20 minute presentation on their postgraduate research in physics. The students will be judged on the scientific quality, clarity and their presentation skills.
The Awards are sponsored by the Australian Institute of Physics and the Astronomical Society of Australia as part of the International Year of Astronomy, CSIRO and Campus Review.
Nominations close on Friday 16 October. The application form is here.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at 6–6.30pm.
TITLE: Particle astronomy – the second window
SPEAKER: Marc Duldig, Australian Antarctic Division
Marc will discuss cosmic rays, particles travelling almost at the speed of light that bring information about their sources and where they have been in their travels to Earth. Cosmic rays are used for practical purposes, such as sample dating and climate change research, and give us information about the sun. Also, they are still interacting with the big bang!
VENUE: Buon Gusto, 368 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
To attend the dinner, book by Friday 13 November.
More info and payment form (for the dinner) is here.
QLD: Tools of science series, The Physics Museum, Qld AIP and School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
Tools of science talks are held on Tuesdays in Room 222, Parnell Building, St Lucia campus, University of Queensland, at 6-7pm. 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.
|20 October||Kim Hajek||Science and literature in the late nineteenth-century France|
QLD: International Year of Astronomy events, Qld AIP and the School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
For more info contact Lynelle Ross (07) 3346 9935 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
|12 November||Brian Boyle, Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, will explain the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest proposed radio telescope, and Australia’s involvement in this ambitious project.|
SA: Wednesday 25 November, 9.30am-2.30pm, SA AIP – event booked out
TITLE: IYA09 AstroFest
VENUE: Flinders University
The Astronomy Festival (IYA09 AstroFest) is for year 9 students. This event consists of a lecture (The Milky Way in a Different Light) given by astrophysicist Dr Gavin Rowell from the University of Adelaide, followed by a number of interesting astronomy-related activities including Q&A sessions with several university students, a discussion on an astronomy/space-related topic (such as new missions to the Moon, Mars, how to see black holes) and telescope viewing of the Sun and planets (weather permitting).
More info at the SA AIP website.
TAS: Thursday 8 October, 8pm, Tas AIP and the Astronomical Society of Australia
TITLE: Galileo’s invention of the astronomical telescope and his remarkable discoveries: moons, stars and a new planet
SPEAKER: David Jamieson, University of Melbourne
VENUE: Physics Lecture Theatre 1, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay
David looks at Galileo’s technological breakthrough with the invention of his astronomical telescope and investigates the avalanche of new discoveries and knowledge that it produced. Some of these discoveries are well known, like the discovery of Jupiter’s moons and the lunar landscape. But he also noted the position of Neptune, and may have known that it was a planet, 234 years before its official discovery!
More info on the Tas AIP website.
TAS: Tuesday 20 October, 8pm, Tas AIP and the Astronomical Society of Australia
TITLE: Is there more than one universe?
SPEAKER: Charley Lineweaver, Australian National University
VENUE: Physics Lecture Theatre 1, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
Charley will explain why the crazy idea that our Universe may be embedded in a larger hierarchy of parallel universes called the Multiverse actually makes sense.
CharleyDear Adrian, will also give presentations to several Tasmanian high schools on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 October, under the auspices of the Tas AIP branch. More info from Elizabeth Chelkowska Elizabeth.Chelkowska@environment.tas.gov.au.
VIC: Thursday 15 October, 6.30pm, Vic AIP
TITLE: Nobel Prize lecture – topic TBA
VENUE: Hercus Theatre, School of Physics, University of Melbourne
WA: International Year of Astronomy public lecture series
The Astronomical Society of Australia has chosen speakers to communicate the excitement of astronomy to the general public in Perth, as part of the International Year of Astronomy. The public lectures are at 6pm, at venues shown below.
For more info go to the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, website or call (08) 6488 1340 or email email@example.com.
|14 October||Marc Duldig, Australian Antarctic Division||Particle astronomy – the second window||Bankwest Theatre, Building 200, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley|
|4 November||Paulo de Souza, Tasmanian ICT Centre, CSIRO||From Mars to Earth: a journey fostered by science, technology and fascination||Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA|
The lecture series is hosted by the Astronomical Society of Australia, with the AIP, University of Western Australia, Scitech, Curtin University of Technology Institute of Theoretical Physics and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.
John Daicopoulos will be leaving the position of Editor of Australian Physics, the AIP journal, in 2010. Accordingly we are seeking a new Editor to take up the position in early 2010 to allow for some overlap.
The Editor is expected to:
- provide editing services for Australian Physics (6 issues per year)
- in consultation with the editor-in-chief, seek material for publication
- liaise with advertisers
- prepare layout for the printer using appropriate software (knowledge of currently used ‘Indesign’ is desirable but not essential)
- check printers proofs.
Remuneration for this part-time activity is by means of an honorarium, the amount of which is subject to negotiation. Expressions of interest, including a CV should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief, Marc Duldig, at Marc.Duldig@aad.gov.au by 30 September 2009.
Congratulations to Dilani Kahawala from Monash University, who received the 2009 Thomas H. Laby medal for the most outstanding Honours physics thesis in Victoria at last Thursday’s Vic AIP branch meeting.
Students in all Australian schools are invited to conduct an experiment or test a scientific theory, film it, edit it down to 60 seconds and enter it into the 2009 Science Video Competition.
There’s $8,000 in prizes. Register by 30 September and upload your video by 30 October.
More information at the 60 Second Science website.
I have listed a number of public lectures (above) that come under the IYA banner, but there is a lot more happening. Don’t forget to check out the IYA website for activities in your state.
Highlights of upcoming activities include:
- Open day at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran on 25 October 2009.
Siding Spring Observatory opens its telescopes to the public for a free exclusive peak behind the scenes. You are invited to meet the astronomers and learn how they explore the Universe at Australia’s largest astronomy research facility. A free bus leaves the Exploratory Centre (Siding Spring Visitor Centre) every 15 minutes, taking you to the observatories.
- Look! Up In The Sky! – a showcase of short astronomy films at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, from 7 to 18 October. The Powerhouse also has children’s shows on astronomy over the school holidays.
- The Great World Wide Star Count – join thousands of other students, families and citizen scientists from around the world counting stars from 9 to 23 October.
- Galilean nights on 23 and 24 October, with astronomy events at: Coonabarabran, Mt Stromlo, NSW; Runaway Bay Library, Gold Coast, Qld (on 22 October); Gingin Observatory, WA (on 24 October).
- The David Malin Awards – an annual exhibition of works by amateur astrophotographers. Touring locations here.
- Light Years: Photographs and Space at the National Gallery of Victoria International in Melbourne.
- Astronomy in a nutshell exhibition at Monash Science Centre, Clayton, Victoria.
- Online, do have a look at the Ilgarijiri project (http://ilgarijiri.wordpress.com/), a collaboration of the Yamaji Arts indigenous arts cooperative in Geraldton, WA, and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth.
- Transit Theatre’s production of Copernicus, a new work about the astronomer Nicholas Copernicus that incorporates mime and animation, will run to 4 October at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
- The Re-Trial of Galileo will be held by the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales on Monday 26 October.
Please consider if you know people who would be appropriate candidates for the following science prizes.
2010 Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience
The biennial Kavli Prizes, one each in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience, recognise scientists for their outstanding research achievements. The international prizes are a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Kavli Foundation.
Each Prize consists of US$1 million, a medal and a scroll. Nominations are open until 15 December and more info can be obtained from www.kavliprize.no.
AIP Women in Physics Lecturer
The AIP Women in Physics Lecturer, a woman who has made a significant contribution to physics, will give a series of lectures to a non-specialist audience to interest students in studying physics.
Nominations are now open for Australian and international nominees, and close on 15 October 2009. For criteria and a nomination form, please visit http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/wip/Main/Wiplecturer.
Vic AIP Education Committee
The Victorian AIP Education Committee usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5-7pm. All teachers are welcome to attend.
VENUE: Camberwell High School
If you would like to attend, contact the Chair, Sue Grant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Action on Climate Change, Thursday 5 November, 12–4.30pm
Victorian teachers are invited to participate in an initiative to raise public awareness of climate change. The AIP Education Committee has developed a presentation package for you to use. David Karoly, University of Melbourne, will brief participants on the latest climate change science.
The Vic AIP Education Committee will cover your teacher replacement cost and assist rural teachers with travel. It will be held in an inner city location.
Contact the AIP at email@example.com to get involved.
Australian Student Mineral Venture (ASMV 2101), 9-20 January 2010
The ASMV is a 12 day tour of Victoria and Tasmania visiting mine sites, mineral processing plants, geological locations, research laboratories and university facilities. For students in Years 10-12 (particularly 10 and 11).
More info on the University of Ballarat website.
Excursions to the Australian Synchrotron for Unit 4 VCE Physics classes
The Australian Synchrotron is offering school excursions daily until Friday 2 October. The excursion is only available for Unit 4 VCE Physics students. The 2½ hour excursion includes a tour of the Synchrotron and an opportunity to do a range of practical activities for the Detailed Study “The Synchrotron and its applications” and the Area of Study “Interactions of light and matter”. These include:
- Bragg diffraction with microwaves
- laser diffraction from a CD and a DVD
- photoelectric effect
- spectroscopy and energy level analysis.
Each day there will be morning and afternoon sessions starting at 9am and 1pm respectively. The current availability of sessions is on the AIP website at www.vicphysics.org/synchrotron.html.
Bookings can be made with Melodie Aitken, Tours coordinator, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Excursion booking” in the subject. Please include the following:
- School’s Name
- Teacher’s Name
- School’s phone number
- Teacher’s mobile phone number (if available)
- Number of students
- Session Time
Melbourne University Physics Day: A Focus on the VCE Physics Study-Design – “FAQs”
Friday 13 November 2009 from 9am to 3.30pm, Laby Theatre, School of Physics
Cost: $99 (incl. GST) – Lunch, writing materials and notes provided
During this year VCAA has issued a series of FAQs and answers designed to clarify the Study Designs for Einstein’s Relativity and The Synchrotron. Specialists will examine some of these in detail. All the speakers have been selected to provide professional guidance and insight relevant to the VCE study design. You will also have the opportunity to inspect areas of physics research in this School, with the expectation that you might encourage some of your students to see physics as an exciting profession.
For more details and the registration form go to www.vicphysics.org/forthcomingevents.html
Medical Physics In-Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Saturday 5 December
The program will feature a one hour talk on:
- the physics aspects of the effect of radiation on the human body and of the medical technology at Peter Mac
- how the technology is used in diagnosis and treatment
- information on the training and career paths associated with medical physics
The second hour will be an extensive tour of the facilities at Peter Mac.
Teachers can register by sending their name, school and phone/fax/email details to the Australian Institute of Physics (Victorian Branch) Education Committee at email@example.com or PO Box 304, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
VCE Physics Days at Luna Park: Dates for 2010
The VCE Physics Days next year are Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, and Thursday 4 March. Reservations can be made now with an indication of approximate numbers as well as a tentative date, which can be changed once 2010 timetables are known. To make a reservation contact Luna Park by phone on (03) 9525 5033. Our website, www.vicphysics.org/lunapark.html has details of the worksheets and arrangements for each of the days.
Entries open for 2009 AIP Physics Video Contest
Students in Victorian schools can submit a video demonstrating physics concepts. Teachers may also submit a video in a separate category.
Entries close on 30 October.
For more information go to the events page at Vicphysics.
Call for presenters: 2010 Physics Teachers Conference, Victoria
Next year’s conference will be on Friday 5 February at Monash University. If you would like to:
- present a session
- suggest a topic for a session
- nominate a presenter from a previous conference
please contact the Vic AIP Education Committee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “2010 Physics Teachers Conference” as the subject.
VIC: Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University, public lectures
The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing holds regular free public lectures on the Hawthorn campus (AR Building, Room 104) at 6.30pm. Bookings are essential. More info here or contact Carolyn Cliff at email@example.com or phone (03) 9214 5569.
|21 October||Duncan Forbes, Swinburne University||The Universe as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope||AGSE207|
|18 November||Karl Glazebrook, Swinburne University||The origin of galaxies||AGSE207|
WA: Gingin Observatory, Gingin
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Carol or Donna to book into events.
|1 October||6–8.30pm||Tiwest Night Stalk 2009 and stargazing|
|4 October||6.30-8.30pm||Space Games and Stargazing – see Jupiter and the Moon|
|11 October||7-9.30pm||Zadko stargazing night – the Zadko is the largest telescope available for public access in the Southern Hemisphere|
|10-18 October||Space Trail 2009
This self-drive trail showcases what’s on offer in the world of astronomy in and around Perth. 9 days of activities feature night sky stargazing, solar observing, guided tours, special talks and the wonder of WA’s natural astronomical phenomenon! More info here.
|14 October &
|7-9.30pm||Seniors’ Stargazing nights, in the lead up to Seniors Week 2009|
|17 October||7-9.30pm||Journey to Jupiter with Peter Birch. Part of the Space Trail.|
|18 October||BBQ dinner and stargazing at the Observatory; be collected and dropped off in Perth by Funseeker Tours so you can experience the stars without night time country driving. Book with Funseeker Tours on (08) 9440 1770|
|24 October||Dinner from 5pm
|During Celebrate WA Week 2009, dine on local produce at the Gravity Discovery Centre’s Stargazers’ Café, followed by stargazing|
|25 October||7-9.30pm||Free Lotterywest Stargazing Night|
WA: Astrofest 2009, Saturday 28 November, 2-10.30pm, Astronomy WA
Astrofest is a huge, free astronomy festival for the general public, featuring portable planetariums, astrophotography exhibitions, talks, stalls, displays, activities, rocketry, solar observing, night sky observing and telescope demonstrations.
The venue is to be advised. More info at AstronomyWA.
WA: LotteryWest-Scitech Big ‘Scope viewing nights, Astronomy WA
Hosted by astronomer Peter Birch, the Big ‘Scope viewing nights provide advice on getting involved in astronomy and viewing from home. View stars and planets with high quality telescopes and discuss what you can see.
|23 October||Galilean nights in the Perth CBD||Forrest Place|
|27 October||Big ‘Scopes at ECU Joondalup||Edith Cowan University, Joondalup|
|7 November||Darlington Arts Festival||Darlington Oval|
|19 November||Big ‘Scopes at Dwellingup Town Centenary||TBA|
|23 November||Big ‘Scopes at Northam||Northam Senior High School|
|4 December||Joondalup Concert Event||Joondalup CBD|
More info at AstronomyWA.
Check the institution websites for any late changes
New South Wales
NSW: School of Physics, University of NSW
The School of Physics holds regular colloquia on Tuesdays at 4-5pm in the School of Physics Common Room, Room 64, Old Main Building, University of NSW. More info here or contact Peter Reece on email@example.com.
|6 October||Michael Tober, University of Western Australia||Precision oscillator, clocks and interferometers with applications in space, industry and fundamental physics|
|27 October||H. Hoe Tan, Australian National University||Growth of III-V nanowires and quantum dots for optoelectronic applications|
|10 November||Michael Murphy, Swinburne University of Technology||Precision spectroscopy in astrophysics|
NSW: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|28 September||Maitreyee Roy, National Measurement Institute||Seeing under the surface: 3D optical imaging via interferometry|
|12 October||Tony Gherghetta, University of Melbourne||Understanding the origin of mass at the Large Hadron Collider|
|19 October||Reza Hashemi-Nezhad, University of Sydney||TBA|
|26 October||Alan Mark, University of Queensland||TBA|
NSW: 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 Patrick Weltevrede Patrick.Weltevrede@atnf.csiro.au.
|30 September||Dhruba Saikia, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, India||TBA|
|Roopesh Ojha, US Naval Observatory||TBA|
|14 October||Peter Tuthill, University of Sydney||ELT: the Emperor’s Large Telescope?|
VIC: 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 (AR Building, Room 104). More info here or George Hau on email@example.com.
|1 October||Daniel Bayliss, Australian National University||Searching for southern transiting planets|
|8 October||Adam Deller, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA||Milliarcsecond resolution radio “surveys” to shed light on galactic evolution|
|15 October||Dhruba Saikia, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, India||TBA|
|22 October||John Dickey, University of Tasmania||TBA|
|29 October||Jean-Pierre Marquart, Curtin University||TBA|
|12 November||Virginia Kilborne, Swinburne University||TBA|
|19 November||Martin Stringer, Durham University||Analytic and numerical realisations of a disk galaxy|
|26 November||Serena Bertone, University of California at Santa Cruz||The metal line emission of the intergalactic medium in OWLS|
QLD: Physics Department, University of Queensland
|16 October||Tad Sama, Institute of Molecular Biology, Jagiellonian University, Poland||TBA|
|23 October||Sean Barrett, Macquarie University||TBA|
|30 October||TBA||Nobel Prize in Physics|
|6 November||Ben Upcroft, University of Queensland||TBA|
WA: School of Physics, University of Western Australia
The School of Physics holds regular seminars on Tuesdays at 3.30-4.30pm in the Physics Lecture Room 2.15, Physics Building, University of WA. More info here or (08) 6488 2738.
PhD Scholarships in Quantitative Marine Science
Up to four scholarships valued at $30,000 per annum are available for a PhD in Quantitative Marine Science at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, in conjunction with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
Suitable students will have a strong quantitative background, for example, in mathematics, physics or statistics, from the physical sciences, life sciences or engineering.
Applications close 30 October 2009.
For more info contact Ms Denbeigh Armstrong, Quantitative Marine Science Program Manager on (03) 6226 2838 or Denbeigh.Armstrong@utas.edu.au.
Graduate opportunities in the Bureau of Meteorology
Graduates in physics, maths, meteorology, science or electronics may be interested in these positions, which begin with 10 months specialised training in Melbourne.
Earn a world-recognised Graduate Diploma in Meteorology and, after training, transfer to one of the Bureau’s Forecasting Centres located in capital cities across Australia to work as a weather forecaster.
Requirements: Bachelor degree or higher, majoring in a physical science, meteorology or mathematics, with maths and physics to second-year university level.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 1 October. Training starts late January 2010.
Trainee technical officer – electronics
Learn to install and maintain the Bureau’s range of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment for its extensive national observations network. You’ll be based at a Bureau Maintenance Centre, and travel to meteorological sites, often at remote localities, by car, 4WD, light aircraft, boat and sometimes by helicopter.
Requirements: Diploma of Engineering (Electronics) or higher with good subject results. TAFE graduates with a diploma or advanced diploma in Electrotechnology or IT are also encouraged to apply.
Closing date for applications: Friday 2 October. Training starts mid-January 2010.
Trainee technical officer – observer (weather observer)
Work in one of the Bureau’s many meteorological offices located across Australia, using a range of instrumentation and electronic equipment, radars and computers to collect, monitor and record a range of meteorological data.
Requirements: A diploma, or higher, in a physical science with some maths. Some additional IT studies would be a plus, as would an aptitude for electronics or engineering.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 15 October. Training starts in March 2010.
For more information on all of these graduate and trainee opportunities, and to apply online, go to www.bom.gov.au/careers/graduates/
Melbourne Convention Centre, Vic
27/09/2009 – 02/10/2009
18/10/2009 – 24/10/2009
Waterloo, Canada and online
15/10/2009 – 25/10/2009
All events will be streamed online live and on demand 24 hours a day. Sign up to interact online with speakers and exhibits.
22/10/2009 – 24/10/2009
08/11/2009 – 12/11/2009
24/11/2009 – 26/11/2009
National Institute of Education, Singapore
24/11/2009 – 26/11/2009
Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology in association with the International Workshop on Dissipative Solitons (ACOLS ACOFT DS 2009)
The University of Adelaide, SA
29/11/2009 – 03/12/2009
Early bird registration closes 12 October 2009
Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW
07/12/2009 – 09/12/2009
14/12/2009 – 16/12/2009
Abstracts are due by 2 October 2009
14/12/2009 – 16/12/2009
15/12/2009 – 19/12/2009
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
16/12/2009 – 18/12/2009
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
15/02/2010 – 18/02/2010
Early bird and abstract deadline is 27 November 2009
Held concurrently with the conference on Medical Applications of Synchrotron Radiation, below
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
15/02/2010 – 18/02/2010
Early bird and abstract deadline is 27 November 2009
Held concurrently with the conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation, above
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
22/02/2010 – 26/02/2009
22/06/2010 – 25/06/2010
Session proposals are open until late October 2009
Our next bulletin will be for November 2009. We welcome contributions about activities, conferences and announcements. Our next submission deadline is Friday 23 October. Please send your submissions to Niall or Margie Beilharz from Science in Public on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9398 1416.
And the AIP’s journal, Australian Physics, welcomes your articles. The deadline for the November/December issue is 12 October. Email John Daicopoulos on email@example.com.
For more information on physics events visit http://www.aip.org.au and click on ‘physics events’ or on your state branch.
If you know of anyone who would like to receive these updates, please feel free to forward this to them.
Assoc. Prof. Brian James
President of the Australian Institute of Physics
Phone: +61 (2) 9351-2471