Events at Swinburne This National Science Week

Swinburne is celebrating National Science Week from 13th to 21st August.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides Swinburne with an opportunity to recognize and share the outstanding contributions of our scientists with the community.

Swinburne’s commitment to knowledge is driven by our research and our focus on real-world impact, transforming our global and local communities. As a trusted and respected world-class leader in research excellence, we are determined to make a real difference in the communities we serve.

Some of the best (and worst!) movies of all time include science debates, a story of forgotten women scientists, a Women in STEM networking night, and a free public astronomy lecture that reveals mysteries with James Webb Space. wants. The telescope is not to be missed!

See below for more information on these events:

Science Assembly – Superhero science from screen to lab

When: Monday 15 August from 19.00 to 20.00

Where: ATC101 Lecture Theater (Ground Floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorne

Science fiction matters. More people will be exposed to physics and science concepts than lessons in movies, so it’s important that Hollywood gets it right. As we’ll see, the accuracy of the science doesn’t take the fun out of the film, and in fact, the best films in terms of physics are often the best in terms of film quality. It’s also a great way to learn physics by seeing what works well and how some movies do it so badly.

Follow Swinburne professor Alan Duffy, astrophysicist, as he takes you on a science-discussed journey through some of the best (and worst!) movies of all time.

Register here.

Lunch Learn more: Hydrogen 101

When: Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August 12:30 to 1:30 p.m

Where: Innovation Precinct, Level 4, 66-68 William Street (enter via McLeod Lane), Hawthorne

Bring your lunch and join us during National Science Week for an exciting hour-long education – snacks included!

Hydrogen is a promising solution to tackling climate change and will also create new and exciting jobs in many sectors! But what is hydrogen? How does it apply to everyday life? why is it important; And, more importantly, how does it affect your future? Find out the answers to all these questions and more at the Victorian Hydrogen Hub’s Learn More: Hydrogen 101 session lunch.

Register here.

The Matilda Effect – A Story of Forgotten Women Scientists

When: Tuesday 16th August from 16:00 to 17:00

Where: ATC101 Lecture Theater (Ground Floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorne

From the COVID vaccine to nuclear fission to pulsars to computer programming, women are the source of many scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations that shape our lives. But in the stories we take for granted about these successes, women are often left out.

In this talk we will learn about the women behind some of the incredible scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations.

Register here.

Women in STEMM Infographic Contest – Online discussion and panel workshop

When: Thursday 18 August at 4.30pm

Where: Online

All are welcome to participate in the online Women in STEM panel discussion and the first workshop in the STEM infographic contest. Register for this online program or contact [email protected]

The panel discussion will be hosted by Dr. Beta Zaffranlu, Lead Shaping STEM Futures at Swinburne. This will include a presentation by Dr. Ruwangi Fernando and a Women in STEM networking panel delivered in collaboration with the Women in STEM Club.

The following topics will be considered:

  • Technology – What does the changing role of technology mean for women in STEM?
  • Women in STEM 2050 – What does the ideal future look like?
  • Contributing to sustainability – What role will women play in STEM?
  • Women as STEM Leaders – What unique qualities do women bring to STEM leadership?

By participating in the (STEM infographic) competition, participants will form an interdisciplinary team to create an infographic solution to a sustainability problem to increase community knowledge, encourage women in STEM careers, and make the world safer.

Learn more here.

Free Public Astronomy Lectures – Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe with JWST

When: Friday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

Where: ATC101 Lecture Theater (Ground Floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorne

Free Public Astronomy Lectures State of the Universe – Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe with JWST For National Science Week.

  • The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It was successfully launched on December 25, 2021, and its first images released on July 12 have shocked the universe!
  • Find out what secrets of the universe the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will reveal in this free public lecture by professors Carl Glazebrook, Dr. Themiya Nanayakara and Dr. Colin Jacobs from the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne.

free event. No reservation required.

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