Events at Swinburne this National Science Week

Swinburne is celebrating National Science Week from 13 to 21 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 focus on real-world impact, transforming our global and local communities. As a trusted and respected world-class leader in scientific excellence, we are committed to making a real difference to the communities we serve.

Some of the best (and worst!) movies of all time include discussions about science, a story of forgotten female scientists, a women’s STEM networking night, and a free public astronomy lecture uncovering mysteries with James Webb Space. want. The telescope is not to be dropped!

See below for more information on these events:

Scientific Assemble – The science of superheroes from the screen to the lab

When: Monday, August 15 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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

The science of science fiction matters; More people will be exposed to concepts in physics and science than in film classes, 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 movie, and in fact, the best movies in terms of physics are often the best in terms of 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 behind some of the best (and worst!) movies of all time.

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Lunch Learn more: Hydrogen 101

When: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th August from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

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 engaging hour of learning – snacks included!

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

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The Matilda Effect – A Story of Forgotten Women Scientists

When: Tuesday, August 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

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’ll learn about the women behind some of the amazing scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations.

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Women in STEMM Infographic Contest – Online Panel Discussion and Workshop

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

Where: Online

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Women in STEM online panel discussion and the first workshop in the STEM Infographic Competition. Please register for this online program or contact [email protected]

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

The following topics will be covered:

  • 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 entering the competition (STEM Infographic), participants will form a multidisciplinary team to create an infographic solution to a sustainability issue to increase community awareness, encourage women in STEM careers, and make the world a safer place.

Learn more here.

Free Public Astronomy Lectures – Unlocking the mysteries of the universe with JWST

When: Friday, August 19, 6:30 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 successfully launched on December 25, 2021, and its first images released on July 12 shook the universe!
  • Find out what secrets of the universe the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will reveal in this free public lecture by Professor Carl Glazebrook, Dr Themiya Nanayakkara and Dr Colin Jacobs from the Swinburne Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

free event. No reservation required.

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