Events happening at Swinburne this National Science Week

Swinburne is celebrating National Science Week from 13 to 31 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 making a 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.

Events such as panel discussions discussing science in some of the best (and worst!) movies ever made, the story of forgotten female scientists, a Women in STEM networking night and a free public astronomy lecture that aims to unlock secrets with James Webb’s Space Telescope not to be missed!

See below for more details on these events:

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

When: Monday, August 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

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

The science of science fiction matters; more people will be exposed to physics and scientific 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 Professor Alan Duffy, an astrophysicist from Swinburne, who will take you on a journey discussing the science behind some of the best (and worst!) movies ever made.

Register here.

Dine and Learn: Hydrogen 101

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

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 fun learning – snacks included!

Hydrogen is a promising solution to tackle climate change and will also create new and exciting jobs in a number of 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 Lunch and Learn: Hydrogen 101 session at the Victorian Hydrogen Hub.

Register here.

The Matilda Effect – The Story of Forgotten Women Scientists

When: Tuesday, August 16, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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 at the source of many scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations that shape our lives. But in the stories we’ve accepted of these breakthroughs, women are too often left out.

In this talk, we’ll learn about the women behind some amazing scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations.

Register here.

Women in STEMM Infographic Competition – Online Panel Discussion and Workshop

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

Where: Online

All are welcome to attend the Women in STEMM online 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 moderated by Dr Bita Zaferanlou, 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 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 will be the role of women 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 multidisciplinary teams to create an infographic solution to a sustainability problem to increase community knowledge, encourage women to pursue STEM careers, and make the world a safer place .

Learn more here.

Free Astronomy Public Lecture – Unlocking the Secrets 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, 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 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 Temiya Nanayakkara and Dr Colin Jacobs from the Swinburne Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

Free event. No reservations required.

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