Events taking place at Swinburne this National Science Week

Swinburne is celebrating National Science Week from 13th to 31st 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 contribution of our scientists with the community.

Swinburne’s commitment to knowledge is driven by our research and our focus on making 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.

Events like talks discussing the science in some of the best (and worst!) movies ever made, the history of forgotten female scientists, a women’s STEM networking night, and a free public astronomy lecture trying to unlock secrets with James Webb Space The telescope is not to be missed!

See below for more details on these events:

Scientists Assemble – Superhero science from screen to lab

When: Monday 15 August 19.00-20.00

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

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

Join Swinburne Professor Alan Duffy, astrophysicist, as he takes you on a journey, discussing the science of some of the best (and worst!) movies ever made.

Register here.

Lunch and Learn: 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), Hawthorn

Bring your lunch and join us during National Science Week for an hour of exciting learning – snacks included!

Hydrogen is a promising solution to tackle climate change and will also create new and exciting jobs in various 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 Lunch and Learn: Hydrogen 101 session.

Register here.

The Matilda Effect – The History of Forgotten Women Scientists

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

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

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’ve come to accept about these discoveries, women are too often left out.

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

Register here.

The Women in STEMM Infographic Contest – online discussion and workshop

When: Thursday, August 18, 4:30 p.m

Where: Online

All are welcome to attend the online Women in STEMM panel discussion and the first workshop in the STEM Infographic competition. Please register for this online event or contact [email protected]

The panel discussion will be hosted by Dr Bita Zaferanloo, Head of Shaping STEM Futures at Swinburne. It will feature a presentation by Dr Ruwangi Fernando and a Women in STEM Networking panel delivered in partnership 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 will be the role of Women in STEM?
  • Women as STEM Leaders – What unique qualities do women bring to STEM leadership?

By taking part in the (STEM Infographic) competition, participants will form interdisciplinary teams to produce 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 Lecture – Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe with JWST

When: Friday 19 August 6.30pm to 7.30pm

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

FREE public astronomy lecture The 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, shocked the Universe!
  • Find out what secrets of the Universe the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will unlock in this free public lecture from Professor Karl Glazebrook, Dr Themiya Nanayakkara and Dr Colin Jacobs from the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne.

Free event. No reservations required.

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