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Women in Physics Lecture Tour 

The AIP Women in Physics (WIP) Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. This annual award recognises a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics.  This year, the WIP lecturer will give talks in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, TAS, SA and WA. 

Read about this year's Women in Physics Lecturer, A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic. See the Women in Physics Lecturer page for information on nominations, closing dates and previous WIP lecturers.

Have a question about the 2022 Women in Physics Lecture tour dates and venues? Please email for info. 

2022 WIP Lecturer

  • A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic

Upcoming Lecture Talks

Dates and locations for the public lectures below. Updated as more are confirmed.
  • 1 Jul 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Free public talks by Women in Physics Lecturer Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic in Brisbane and Melbourne in July.

    Women invited to participate in Girls in Physics Breakfasts in VIC.

    The 2022 Women in Physics (WiP) Lecture Tour continues with events in QLD from 18-20 July and in VIC from 27-28 July.

    The title of the WiP lecture is ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ and will give given by planetary scientist A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic (Curtin University). She will describe her work on impact processes, cratering mechanics, and shock physics applied to geological materials.

    She’s already given lectures at high schools, universities and public venues in NSW and ACT, including Science Space (Wollongong) and Questacon.

    This month, A/Prof Miljkovic will give free talks open to the public on:

    Click on the event venues for more details and to register.

    A/Prof Miljkovic will also participate in the Girls in Physics Breakfasts occurring across VIC. These events are an opportunity for students in years 10 – 12 to share a table with women in physics or engineering and ask them about their work and lives.  She will participate in the event on 28 Jul at the William Angliss Institute, Melbourne.

    Women in physics or engineering (including those studying these subjects at university) are invited to attend and participate in the Girls in Physics Breakfasts by registering here.

    A/Prof Milkovic will also give private talks at senior high schools in QLD and a colloquium at the University of Queensland (UQ).

    More information

    To read more about A/ Prof Miljkovic and her work, as well as the lecture tour, visit here.

    Further requests for information about the Girls in Physics Breakfasts can be directed to the organiser, Dan O’Keefe.

    Further requests for information about QLD events can be directed to the AIP QLD branch chair, Joel Alroe
  • 20 May 2022 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic will be giving free talks open to the public at the following NSW and ACT venues:

    Click on the events for more details and to register.

    She will also be giving at talk at the follow event but it is only open for physicists at the Australian National University:

  • 2 May 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022 Women in Physics Lectureship tour kicks off at the end of May and runs through to September.

    Planetary scientist Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic from Curtin University will be giving a lecture series entitled ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’.

    The Women in Physics Lectureship is awarded annually to recognise and publicise significant contributions by a woman to advancing a field of physics and to inspire future physicists.

    A/Prof Miljkovic will be giving her lecture to schools, academics, and the general public.

    Catch a speak peek of what she’ll be talking about in Impact: Beyond the Night Sky (2020), a short documentary written and directed by Kath Dooley. This immerse, 360, virtual-reality documentary was a finalist in the best experimental film category at the 2022 Atom Awards

    The currently confirmed dates for the lecture tour are:

    • NSW: 30 May – 1 Jun
    • ACT: 2 – 3 Jun
    • QLD: 18 – 20 Jul
    • VIC: 27 – 28 Jul
    • TAS: 8 – 10 Aug
    • SA: 6 – 8 Sep
    • WA: 22 Sep

    Further tour dates in WA are TBA. Watch out on social media and in next month’s newsletter for venues and times.

    “When imagining the space in our Solar System, many people think of a dark silent void but the space around us is not empty; it is filled with particles, with dust, and with rocks – some very small and some large.  The history of our Universe is a history of impacts when things collide.” – A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic in Impact: Beyond the Night Sky (2020).

    Photo credit: TAKE2STEM.

Meet A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic

The AIP is delighted to announce Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic (Curtin University) as the winner of the 2022 Women in Physics Lectureship.

She is a planetary scientist with expertise in numerical and experimental impact physics and a passionate advocate for studying science.

The title of A/Prof Miljkovic’s proposed public lecture is ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’.

It was only during the mid-20th century that impact craters on Earth were confirmed as originating from rocks which arose in outer space. Since then, space missions have brought back data from similar phenomena affecting the crusts of other planetary bodies. These impact events play a key element in planetary evolution, including that of Earth.

In her lectures, A/Prof Miljkovic will outline her modelling work on impact processes, cratering mechanics and shock physics applied to geological materials. She will further discuss how her numerical modelling compares with data from space missions such as NASA’s GRAIL and InSight.

A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic joined Curtin University in 2015 under a Curtin Research Fellowship. She is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and she teaches in the Advanced Science course.

Prior to joining Curtin, she graduated from the University of Belgrade in 2006 in astrophysics and obtained her PhD from the Open University in the UK in 2010. She has held postdoctoral roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris in France, and Imperial College London in UK.

A/Prof Miljkovic has won several competitive awards, including an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship, an Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship and a WA Tall Poppy Young Scientist of the Year award.

The Women in Physics Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Lecturers offer presentations, including school lectures, public lectures and research colloquia, in Canberra and each of the six Australian State capital cities and surrounding regions.

The 2021 winner of the Lectureship was medical physicist A/Prof Susanna Guatelli (University of Wollongong).

Photo credit: Take2STEM

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