Girls in Physics Breakfast: Melbourne
The event is a Science breakfast for girls in Years 10 to 12 at which they will hear Dr Suzie Sheehy from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University.
Dr Sheehy will speak on 'Colliding Worlds: Using particle physics to cure cancer' . In this talk she explores the atom smashing world of particle accelerators. She’ll speak about her work in designing these fascinating machines, which let us interact and explore nature on the smallest scales. She’ll reveal how these machines are used to treat half of all cancer cases and how charged particles are enabling a new, more precise form of treatment – proton therapy - which will soon be coming to Australia . Along with her story of how she came to work in this fascinating area of research, Dr. Sheehy will discuss a new project which brings together her expertise in particle accelerators with the enormous global challenge of access to cancer care worldwide. She’ll discuss how developing robust, modular and cheaper radiotherapy accelerators can meet this need in challenging environments including Sub-Saharan Africa, the islands of Indonesia and even outback Australia.
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 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.
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