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Girls in Physics Breakfast: Ballarat

The event is a Science breakfast for girls in Years 10 to 12 at which they will hear Dr Dianne Ruka from the Monash University.

Dr Ruka will speak on 'Future computing and Low Energy Electronics'.   Abstract: Computing has transformed the world, but there is a price: the huge amount of energy being consumed by massive, factory-sized data centres means that information and communications technology (ICT) already consumes about 8% of global electricity, and is doubling every decade.  At the same time, we are running out of achievable ways to improve the efficiency of existing, silicon-based (CMOS) electronics. Without a ‘beyond CMOS’ solution, energy will become the limiting factor on further computational growth in the next one or two decades.  Research is being undertaken in various areas of physics and engineering, such as topological insulators and ultra-cold atoms, to combat this problem. However along the way, accidental discoveries are being made in surprising areas, such as cancer research and water filtration.

Students will be seated at tables with students from other schools. At each table there will be two or three young women either in the early stages of a science or engineering career or still studying at university. Over breakfast, the students can query them about their life and work.


Cost: $15 per student.  First teacher is free, extra teachers at $15 each.


When making a booking: If a teacher is making the booking and plans to accompany the students, they should also enter their details as the 'First teacher'.  If this is left blank, then the system will assume they are not coming.


Discount Available: Schools with a low ICSEA value can apply for a discounted fee of $5 per student by emailing Vicphysics. A response will be supplied by return email. If the discounted fee is confirmed for the school, the email will include a code which can be entered when making the booking. Please note: There is a limited pool of funds for this subsidy so schools should seek confirmation quickly.

Numbers: There is a limit of a maximum of 6 students per school.  Extra places may be offered closer to the day.

Venue: Prospect Restaurant, SMB Campus, Lydiard St South, Ballarat, VIC 3350. 
Activities on Careers in STEM: After the talk there will be two short activities to assist the students in identifying possible STEM careers that might suit their way of working.
Date and Time: Friday, 22nd March from 7:30am until 10:00am.
Contact Details: For further details go to  For any queries please contact Vicphysics at