[ASC-list] Physics in National Science Week – dark matter, dark energy and more

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Fri Aug 15 03:22:07 UTC 2014

Dear ASCers,

In addition to our monthly bulletin on behalf of Rob Robinson, the AIP President, each year we also compile a list of physics-related activities for National Science Week. Here’s a taste of what’s in this year's bulletin.

You can view the full bulletin online<http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/science-week-2014>.

Kind regards,

>From Rob Robinson, President of the Australian Institute of Physics

Once again it’s that exciting time of year, when scientists and science-lovers across Australia join together for National Science Week. This year’s festival officially runs for nine days, from 16 to 24 August. At the time of writing there are almost 700 events in the National Science Week calendar, with more being added all the time. This special bulletin brings you some of the physics highlights.

Juan Collar from the University of Chicago is a leader in dark matter research. He’ll be giving a series of free public lectures in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, in which he’ll talk about how researchers hunt for dark matter particles, often underground in mines and tunnels to reduce interference from known particles. He’ll discuss the challenges, the progress so far, and his optimism that discovery may be near.

In Tasmania, Australia’s Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt will describe the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe and the existence of Dark Energy. In lectures in both Launceston and Hobart, he will explain how astronomers, like his own High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, have used observations to trace our universe’s history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Those in Western Australia can attend the AIP WA Branch’s Physics in Industry evening, bringing together physicists from industry, universities and elsewhere in an informal setting to share information and celebrate our common interests.

Stories of scientific and technological achievements from Melbourne will be told and celebrated by an expert panel, including the AIP’s past-president Cathy Foley.

And elsewhere:

  *   The Sydney Science Forum will look at how physics is revolutionising medicine with new imaging techniques and nano-medicine.
  *   The Everyday Einstein series at the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre will showcase young researchers and the Australian Synchrotron.
  *   Astronaut Chris Hadfield of Space Oddity fame will appear in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
  *   The Darwin Deckchair Cinema will put on a free screening of the documentary Particle Fever, about the discovery of the Higgs boson.
  *   Astronomy nights around the country, but especially in outback areas, will treat stargazers to a view of western and Aboriginal astronomy.
More details at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/science-week-2014<http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/science-week-2014>.

Niall Byrne
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