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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 Hilary Wilson from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Hilary will speak on ' Reading the atmosphere to predict the weather'  Abstract: Typical Ballarat weather!!" You've probably heard this said countless times. But have you ever wondered what exactly is responsible for the drizzly days and icy cold nights, while other towns nearby enjoy a much more benign climate?

Hilary will address a range of factors that explain Ballarat's unique weather and - you guessed it – physics is definitely involved!

She'll also cover what is involved in working as a meteorologist, and touch on the wide range of other opportunities available in the weather and climate sectors.

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: Albert Coates Complex, Mt Helen Campus, 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, 13th March from 7:30am until 10:00am.
Contact Details: For further details go to  For any queries please contact Vicphysics at