Schools Programme

We invite Yr 10, 11 and 12 school children from local schools to come to RMIT to participate in the conference. 

There will be two lectures by scientists who are excited to talk about their science, particularly physics. The talks will include information about careers and jobs in physics which we hope will encourage pupils to study science at University.

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

10:30 11:00 Morning Tea / Registration Level 2
11:0011:45The hunt for dark matter by Australia’s UniversitiesAlan DuffyLevel 2, Lecture 2
11:4512:30My Organic Research Pegah Maasoumi Level 2, Lecture 2
12:3013:30LunchLevel 2

A/Professor Alan Duffy

Swinburne University of Technology

Alan Duffy is a professional astronomer and science communicator. He is a Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology, and he is the Lead Scientist at the Royal Institution of Australia.

His research is focused on using super-computers to build and test models of the growth of galaxies within vast dark matter halos, and in particular focuses on the formation of the first galaxies in the early universe during the “Epoch of Reionisation”. These models aim to improve our understanding of the nature of dark matter, and the large scale properties of the universe.

Dr Pegah Maasoumi

The University of Melbourne

Pegah is an experimental physicist with experience in fabrication and electrical characterization of organic optoelectronic devices as well as photo-physical characterization and cryogenic measurements in organic light emitting materials and devices. She will explore new architectures and will use advanced fabrication techniques to develop novel electronic devices such as flexible solar cell, quantum dot LEDs, NIR photodetectors, light emitting transistors for more efficient sustainable energy, environmental biosensors and security labeling.

Pegah was named the Australian Institute of Physics John Mainstone Youth Lecturer for 2019. On her tour Pegah spoke to over 600 students in years 10 and 11 across Australia.