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SA 2022 Committee

News and Upcoming Events

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  • 7 Nov 2022 10:58 PM | Anonymous

    To be held on Wednesday Nov. 30th in the Public Schools Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide:

    6:00 pm   Pre-meeting drinks

    6:30 pm   Annual General Meeting

    7:30 pm   Annual Dinner


    Menu: 3 courses, alternate drop of one of each. (See menu below).

    We need to give seven days' notice for vegans, vegetarians and or any other dietary considerations (lactose free, peanut allergy, gluten-free).


    Bookings for the dinner are essential and should be made with Dr Laurence Stamatescu by Wednesday November 23rd, by email to lstamatescu@gmail.com


    The cost of the 3-course dinner (to be paid on the night) is:

    AIP members and guests: $75 per person

    AIP student members: $40 per person


    The mid-dinner speaker will be Professor Glen Solomon, 

    Hicks Chair of Quantum Materials, The University of Adelaide



            MENU
    SANDFORD HOUSE DINING 


            ENTREÉ

    Pan Fried Halloumi

    Salt and Pepper Squids


             MAIN 

    Sirloin Char Grilled, Mash Potato – Greens – Red Wine Jus

    Barramundi, Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin – Citrus Sauce


            DESSERT

    Chocolate Paradise, White Chocolate Ice Cream – Whipped Cream & Choc Sauce

    Mini Fruit Pavlovas, Whipped Vanilla Cream

  • 13 Sep 2022 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    Radiation protection is critical for the future human exploration of Mars. Learn about the health hazards and current research in Australia.

    Attend In-Person: Click here for Tickets. Theatre tickets are only required if you wish to attend this meeting in-person. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained online via Eventbrite. Ticket numbers may be limited to ensure compliance with SA Govt indoor seating restrictions. Please cancel your tickets if you are unable to attend in-person.

    About this event

    Members of the general public are most welcome to attend this joint meeting of the Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP).

    Speaker: A/Prof Susanna Guatelli, Centre for Medical Radiation Physics, University of Wollongong

    Abstract: Human missions to Mars have been identified as a main goal of human exploration by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group in 2013. The roadmap to the human exploration of Mars started with the International Space Station mission about twenty years ago and is envisaged to continue with a human outpost on the Moon and finally with a mission to Mars within the next twenty years. A human mission to Mars would expose astronauts to serious health hazards, including acute and late risks caused by exposure to cosmic radiation, eventually leading to cancer and death. The design of shielding solutions and of powerful and accurate radiation monitoring systems are subjects of research to facilitate the human exploration of the Solar System. However, the testing of proposed novel technologies is limited on Earth as there are no accelerator facilities capable to reproduce the complex cosmic radiation field the astronauts would encounter in space. In the past fifteen years, Monte Carlo simulations, capable to describe cosmic radiation interactions in space mission habitats and in astronauts, demonstrated to be an extremely useful tool for radiation protection studies of astronauts. This seminar will begin with a description of the health hazards in astronauts caused by cosmic radiation and of Monte Carlo simulations for space exploration. The speaker will then illustrate her research in this field aimed to develop simulation tools to improve the prediction of health hazards in astronauts.

    Bio: A/Prof Guatelli trained as a nuclear physicist at the University of Genova, Italy. In 2003 she had the opportunity to undertake a PhD in physics, based at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Her enthusiasm for medical physics drove her to study possible radiation protection solutions for human mission to Mars (a project led by the European Space Agency) as her PhD research topic. In 2007 she moved to Australia and since 2009 she has been an academic at the School of Physics, University of Wollongong where she is the academic director of the Medical Radiation Physics Bachelor Degree. She is an internationally recognised expert of Monte Carlo simulations for medical applications, including radiation protection of astronauts. In 2021 she was awarded with the prestigious Women in Physics Award of the Australian Institute of Physics, which celebrates female physicists that have made a significant contribution to research in physics. In 2022 she became a member of the ARC (Australian Research Council) Panel of experts. Susanna has been chair/co-chair of several international workshops and conference sessions dedicated to Monte Carlo codes applied to medical physics. She is Associate Editor of Physica Medica and of Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

    More Info: https://scholars.uow.edu.au/display/susanna_guatelli

  • 28 Aug 2022 11:19 PM | Anonymous

    Presented by Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic,
    Space Centre & Technology Centre, School of Earth and Planetary Science, Curtin University

    6:30-7:45 PM Tuesday 6th September

    in The Braggs lecture theatre, The Braggs building
    The University of Adelaide (North Terrace Campus)

    Please register at:
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/impacts-rocks-from-space-colliding-with-planets-tickets-407387315427




  • 21 Jul 2022 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) invite you to the 2022 AIP/IPAS Physics Industry Night!

    Curious about Science and Physics? Wondering what careers can come from studying Physics? Not sure if you should choose to study Physics in year 11, year 12 or University?

    Hear from six local organisations and companies who hire Physics graduates. Listen to the experiences of experts in their field who have used their physics education to leap into exciting and rewarding careers.

    Stay around after the lecture for free pizza and a chance to meet our speakers from:

    Date: Thursday 11 August 2022

    Lecture: 6:00PM - 7:00PM, The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide

    Pizza and networking: 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Mezzanine, Hub Central, The University of Adelaide

    We ask that all attendees please register individually with an Eventbrite ticket, including students, parents, and presenters to assist us with catering.

  • 14 Jul 2022 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics will be holding its mid-year dinner and awards night at The Bombay Bicycle Club on Thursday 28th July. Come along for an informal evening with your fellow physicists including students, academics and researchers. Drinks will be from 6:30 pm with the dinner commencing at 7.00 pm.

    We will be presenting the Excellence in Physics Teaching award which is presented to a Physics teacher who has had a positive impact on teaching Physics to students at the high-school level.

    We will also be presenting the Silver Bragg Awards to the top final-year students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2021 with a major in Physics from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

    Please book before July 26th via Eventbrite at:

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aip-mid-year-dinner-and-awards-presentations-tickets-382403859237


  • 6 Feb 2022 10:52 PM | Anonymous

    6:30 pm, Wednesday February 23rd 2021

     The Braggs lecture theatre, Braggs building,

    University of Adelaide (North Terrace campus)

     The climate has always changed - so why are we concerned now?

    Katrin Meissner
    Director of the Climate Change Research Centre,

     University of New South Wales


    I am interested in abrupt climate change events as well as thresholds and feedbacks in the climate system. I use Climate Models together with past climate records to improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying climate variability and climate change.


    The Bronze Bragg medals and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture.


     

    The medals are awarded for highest achievement in Physics in 2021 in the SACE Stage 2 assessments and IB Higher Level Physics, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit or a grade of 7.

     

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seats are limited and bookings are essential through this Eventbrite link.

  • 26 Aug 2021 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    8:00 pm, Wednesday September 1st 2021
    The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The Braggs building, University of Adelaide.


    Meeting Agenda: (in-person TICKETED event). No Ticket, No Entry.

    "Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole"
                by A/Prof. Gary Hill
    "The Sky this Month" by Joe Grida
    ASSA Astrophotography Winning Entries
    Announcements for September 2021
    Coffee/Tea, Supper & Conversation (TBC)

    Attend In-Person: A LIMITED number of theatre seat tickets are available for this meeting. Tickets are FREE and must be obtained from Eventbrite to gain entry to the theatre. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE RETURN YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE so those on the waitlist can then access tickets. No Ticket, No Entry.

    The Eventbrite link is
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exploring-the-universe-with-high-energy-neutrinos-by-aprof-gary-hill-tickets-166462404533?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

    The Braggs LT entrance is located at E10 on the map (doors face the Barr Smith Lawns).

    Watch Live on YouTube or Facebook. Please Subscribe/Follow to be notified of other live events.

    Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole

    by A/Prof. Gary Hill, Department of Physics, University of Adelaide

    Summary: The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was constructed at the South Pole over seven summer seasons from 2004/5 to 2010/11. Consisting of over 5,000 basketball-sized optical sensors instrumenting a cubic kilometre of the deep Antarctic ice, the observatory has detected thousands of high energy neutrinos from beyond the Earth, and identified a type of black hole powered active galaxy (a blazar) as the source of some of these events. In this talk we will discuss the history of neutrino astronomy, the construction of IceCube, and how the observatory is being used to learn much about our Universe, from the nature of the most powerful galaxies, right down to the fundamental properties of elementary particles.

    Bio: Gary Hill completed his PhD in high energy neutrino astronomy in 1996 at the University of Adelaide, and then spent the next year at the South Pole as part of the team constructing and operating the original AMANDA neutrino detector. He then worked for 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, analysing data from AMANDA and planning and building IceCube, including another 10 summer trips to the South Pole. He returned to the University of Adelaide in late 2011, spending his first official day on the job at the South Pole during his 12th visit. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Adelaide, continuing IceCube research in high energy neutrinos, and more recently has joined the team constructing a dark matter detector, SABRE, to be installed deep in the Stawell mine in Victoria.

  • 8 Aug 2021 6:45 PM | Anonymous

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics will be holding its mid-year dinner and awards night at The Archer (60 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006) on Thursday, 12th of August 2021, 6:30 pm

    To reserve a spot, please book your free ticket through this Eventbrite link.

    Come along for an informal evening with your fellow physicists including students, academics and researchers. Drinks will be from 6:30 pm with the dinner commencing at 7.00 pm.

    We will be presenting the Excellence in Physics Teaching award which is presented to a Physics teacher that has made a positive impact on teaching Physics to students at the high school level.

    We will be also presenting the Silver Bragg Awards to the top final year students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2020 with a major in Physics from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

  • 13 Jul 2021 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    Physics industry night: lecture and networking event

    Date and time

    Tue., 27 July 2021
    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ACST

    About this event

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) invite you to the 2021 AIP/IPAS Physics Industry Night!

    Curious about Science and Physics? Wondering what careers can come from studying Physics? Not sure if you should choose to study Physics in year 11, year 12 or University?

    Hear from six local organisations and companies who hire Physics graduates. Listen to the experiences of experts in their field who have used their physics education to leap into exciting and rewarding careers.

    Stay around after the lecture for free pizza and a chance to meet our speakers from:

    Date: Tuesday 27 July 2021

    Lecture: 6:00PM - 7:00PM, The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

    Pizza and networking: 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Ingkarni Wardli Atrium, University of Adelaide

    All attendees must register individually with an Eventbrite ticket, including students, parents, and presenters.

    Due to covid limits in the lecture theatre we kindly request that students attending bring no more than one parent or guardian.

     AIP / IPAS Physics Industry Night image

    Location

    The Braggs Building

    Victoria Drive

    Adelaide, SA 5005

  • 1 Mar 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Astronomical Society of South Australia has invited AIP members to a special General Meeting:

    The Astronomical Society of South Australia is hosting a special General Meeting starting at 8pm Wednesday 3rd of March 2021 featuring an in-person presentation by Prof. Lisa Kewley discussing galaxy formation research as well as equity & diversity initiatives. The ASSA will also be launching a new initiative to engage more women into the science of Astronomy through our Society.

    Eventbrite registration for free tickets:
    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/public-lecture-astro-3d-by-prof-lisa-kewley-tickets-141081451419

    Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/488225119218624/

    Additional info:
    https://www.assa.org.au/events/meetings/general-meeting-march-2021/


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