Held on the 6th Aug 2019
at 8pm to
They are small, neutral and often in a spin, and so much more than ‘just’ part of the atom. Neutrons are the sub-atomic particles that are here to save the world. Whatever the challenge facing the world, this trusty particle can be called on to discover the details that no other can fathom. From the shape of a virus and how a drug can disable it, to keeping electrons flowing in the next generation of batteries – neutrons are here to shed light and solve the grand challenges we face today.
Helen Maynard-Casely is an instrument scientist based at ANSTO (the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) where she uses the neutrons to investigate the materials that make up our solar system. She has a PhD in high-pressure physics from the University of Edinburgh and has been lucky enough to have collected data in facilities all over the world.
The Australian Institute of Physics International Women in Physics Lectureship was instituted to celebrate the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics is awarded the lectureship and will give a series of lectures around Australia, including a Public Lecture arranged by each participating branch of the AIP.
The Lecture will be of interest to a non-specialist physics audience and is expected to increase awareness among students and their families of the possibilities offered by continuing to study physics.