Events in Swinburne this National Science Week

Swinburne celebrates National Science Week from August 13th to 31st.

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

Driven by our research, Swinburne’s commitment to knowledge focuses on making real impact and transforming our global and local communities. As a trusted and respected world-class leader in cutting-edge research, we are determined to make a real difference to the communities we serve.

Events include talks on the science in some of the best (and worst!) movies ever made, the story of forgotten women scientists, a networking evening for women in STEM, and a free public astronomy talk trying to unravel mysteries with the James Webb Space telescope are not to be missed!

Below are more details about these events:

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

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

Where: ATC101 Lecture Hall (ground floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Science of Science Fiction Matters; 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, the scientific rigor 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 in general. It’s also a great way to learn physics by seeing what works well and why certain movies do so poorly.

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

Register here.

Lunch and Study: Hydrogen 101

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

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

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

Hydrogen is a promising solution to combating climate change and will also create new and exciting jobs in a number of sectors! But what is hydrogen? How is it used in everyday life? Why is it important? And most importantly, how does this affect your future? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in the Victorian Hydrogen Hub’s Lunch and Learn: Hydrogen 101 session.

Register here.

The Matilda Effect – The Story of Forgotten Women Scientists

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

Where: ATC101 Lecture Hall (ground floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

From the COVID vaccine to nuclear fission to pulsars and computer programs, women are the source of many of the scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations that shape our lives. But the stories we accept about these breakthroughs too often leave women out.

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

Register here.

The Women in STEMM Infographic Contest – Online Panel Discussion and Workshop

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

Where: Online

All are invited to participate in the Women in STEMM online panel discussion and the first workshop of 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 in Swinburne. There will be a presentation by Dr. Ruwangi Fernando and a Women in STEM Networking Panel conducted in partnership 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 MINT 2050 – what does the ideal future look like?
  • Contribution 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 contest (STEM infographic), participants will form multidisciplinary teams to create an infographic solution to a sustainability problem to expand community knowledge, encourage women into STEM careers, and make the world a safer place close.

Learn more here.

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

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

Where: ATC101 Lecture Hall (ground floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

FREE Public Lecture on Astronomy The State of the Universe – Unlocking the mysteries of the Universe with JWST for National Science Week.

  • The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It was successfully launched on December 25, 2021 and its first images, released on July 12, shook the universe!
  • Find out what mysteries of the universe the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) holds in this free public talk by Professor Karl Glazebrook, Dr. Themiya Nanayakkara and Dr. Colin Jacobs of the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Swinburne.

Free event. No bookings required.

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