Sydney Science Forum: Nemesis – The Search for Antimatter in the Universe

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney)

It’s the ultimate battle of the universe: when normal matter and antimatter come together, they’re annihilated, and all the mass is converted into energy. Fortunately, the Universe today is composed almost entirely of matter, with very little antimatter. However, the laws of physics require that the Universe began with equal amounts of both. The origin of the asymmetry is not known, but a possible explanation relies on some bizarre events in the early Universe. Recently, however, the annihilation signature of antimatter has been observed emanating from the centre of the Galaxy, at a rate that corresponds to the annihilation of 16 billion tonnes of antimatter every second.

When 5:45pm-6:45pm, Wednesday, 06 October 2010
Where Eastern Ave Auditorium
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Site Visits to Optiver and Commonwealth Bank in Mid-Semester Break

Are YOU majoring in maths, statistics, physics, computer science or information systems? Would you like a career in a fun and challenging work environment while earning a very attractive salary package?

If so, we have the event for you! SciSoc and SUITS have jointly organised a site visit day to give you the chance to check out some great companies interested in hiring people like you. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a first-hand look at what it’ll be like to work for major companies like Optiver and Commonwealth Bank.

When 10am – 2pm, Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Where Optiver HQ, 30 Grosvenor Street, Sydney (Map)
Meet at 10am sharp
Lunch Free lunch will be provided by Commonwealth Bank
RSVP Please RSVP here for catering purposes

JumpStart Your Science Career!

It’s never too early to be thinking about the next step in your career, so prepare yourself by doing your research, asking questions and attending some of the careers events on offer this year! You will also have the opportunity to hear from industry representatives and recent Science graduates who were in your shoes not too long ago!

Join us for a conference style careers information evening designed for Science students from all disciplines. Come and meet employers and industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to get the answers to all of your career related questions.

We have representatives from Morgan Stanley Australia, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Heart Research Institute (HRI), Stockland, Westmead Institute for Cancer Research and Taronga Zoo Conservation Society – just to name a few! You are also invited to network and mingle with presenters over complimentary drinks and canapés at the conclusion of the sessions.

It’s FREE to attend, so register now and come along for some careers advice to get ahead of the rest!

When 5:15pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 16 September 2010
Where Level 1, New Law School
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About the Sessions

Careers in Finance and Investment Management

Attention maths and statistics students! You are invited to come along and talk to representatives from the banking and finance industry about the graduate positions on offer for science graduates.We also have Terry Miu (B Sci Adv Maths, 2009 graduate) coming to speak about her experience in a graduate position at Morgan Stanley, a global investment bank with an office in Sydney.

Careers in Sustainability

Do you have a passion for the environment and an interest in conserving it for future generations? Sustainability is a key global issue and as a result governments and large organisations are seeking to employ individials to develop and implement solutions to the complex problems facing an increasingly resource-constrained society.

Find out more about working in this sector and the skills required from Stockland’s Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Ms Christina Hughes. Ms Samantha Mostyn, Directorof the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, will also be discussing her extensive experience within the Sustainability sector where she sees future demand.

Psychology Outside of the Clinic

If you are working towards a psychology major but aren’t sure you want to be a clinical psychologist this session will provide you with information about your options within the corporate world. Psychology graduates are in demand in areas such as market and social research, organisational psychology and human resource management.

Representatives from the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) will be presenting information about working in this exciting area as well as useful hints and tips on how to identify and present your related skills.

Careers in Science Communication

What do Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Warrick Angus from Taronga Zoo Conservation Society and Paul Willis, TV Science reporter and producer have in common? They are all science communicators who help improve science literacy within the community. You will hear their perspectives and advice on science communication as a career at this session as well as some hints and tips on how to find jobs and work experience in this area.

A Career in Science Teaching

Want to impact the lives of hundreds of young Australians? Want to inspire our next generation of scientists? Teaching will allow you to do this everyday.

Hear from Trent Wallis, a Sydney Science graduate who is now working as a science teacher at Sydney Grammar School and also holds the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Science Innovations Chemistry Olympiad Program.

Rose Khalilizadeh from Teach for Australia, will discuss the opportunities available to science graduates through their teaching program that enables you to train to become a teacher and obtain full salary, benefits and qualifications at the same time.

Careers in Biomedical Research

Make your dream of finding the cure to a disease a reality- with a career in biomedical research. Untangling the mechanisms of how diseases occur, progress and treatment is an incredibly rewarding field with the potential to impact millions of lives around the world.

Dr Clare Hawkins from the Heart Research Institute (HRI) will provide useful information about the biomedical industry as well as hints and tips on how to find graduate positions.

Renee Simms, Research Assistant with the Leukaemia Cell Therapies Group at Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, will provide an insight into what it is like working within this exciting industry.

Where Can a Physics Degree Take Me?

If you are studying Physics and would like to know more about your options after graduation, then come along to this session to hear from inspiring leaders working in research and industry.

Matt Francis (B Sci/BA Hons, 2004 graduate) will talk about his career path and his current role at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in the Ionospheric Prediction Service branch, where he works on space weather monitoring and prediction systems.

Professor Marcela Bilek (Physical Scientist of the Year 2002) will share her experience of how she became a leading researcher in Applied and Plasma Physics as well as advice for those seeking a career in research.

Careers in the Resources Industry

To find out more about career opportunities in the resources industry, come along to this session and hear from science graduates who are now working in the areas of mining, geology and geoscience.

Speakers include Charmaine Thomas, a geoscientist at Woodside Petroleum who will soon be returning to Sydney to commence her PhD investigating basin prospectvity.

Peter Buckley will talk about his work experience in the WA gold industry, underground mine geology, exploration management in gold and base metals across Australia and iron ore exploration in NSW and QLD.

Week 3 BBQ with Optiver


Special guests from Optiver will be joining us at the BBQ! Recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Australia, Optiver offer a thriving work environment for science students majoring in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or information systems, where you will be challenged, rewarded, mentored and developed. Have a chat with recent USYD science graduates now working as developers and traders at Optiver to find out what it’s really like!

At the same time, you can enjoy yummy sausage sizzles with refreshing garden salads and tasty cheese fillings – for FREE if you are dressed in the smoochingly stylish 2010 SciSoc T-shirt!. As always, vegetarian-friendly options are available and extra-friendly service is guaranteed!

When 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Where Front of Chemistry Building

BBQ Location Map

Cost Dressed in 2010 SciSoc T-shirt: FREE!
Otherwise: $2 Access/$5 Non-Access

Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

Professor William D. Phillips (National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland)

At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein changed the way we think about nature. At the beginning of the 21st century Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations.

Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using atoms cooled to incredibly low temperatures. Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above Absolute Zero. Super-cold atoms are at the heart of Primary Clocks, accurate to better than a second in 100 million years. Such atoms also use, and allow tests of, some of Einstein’s strangest predictions.

Professor William D. Phillips, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will give a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

When 6:30pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Where The Seymour Centre
Cost FREE for USYD students (SID required)
$20 Adult/$15 Concession
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Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation Presentation

This presentation will introduce ANSTO’s 2011 Graduate Development Program.

ANSTO is seeking high quality final year science students who are interested in a diverse and challenging career in the fast growing sector of nuclear science and technology. Applications close on 26 April.

More information

When 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Where Carslaw Lecture Theatre 173

2010 Careers Fair

The largest careers event at the University of Sydney brings together diverse recruiters from many fields to talk directly with students about public and private sector graduate opportunities.

Come along to explore your career option and enter the Optiver Competition to WIN a travel voucher valued at $7000! Just pick up an Optiver T-shirt from the SciSoc Bookstore and wear it to the Optiver stand at the 2010 Careers Fair.

Optiver is a global leader in derivatives, shares and bonds trading on the Australian, Asian, European and US exchanges. They offer a thriving work environment for science students majoring in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or information systems, where you will be challenged, rewarded, mentored and developed.

Full list of recruiters

When 12:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Where Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall

Energy for Breakfast: Renewables Advance in Europe

Alfredo Picano (founder, INNOVA)

Share Energy for Breakfast with experts in the field of energy and develop a greater insight into how energy issues will affect Australia and the rest of the world.

This lecture will discuss some of the latest developments in renewable energy and present an overview of the directions taken by European governments to resolve the problems they must deal with in the short, medium and long terms.

Free breakfast is provided at the start of the talk!

More information

When 7:30am-8:50am, Thursday, 25 March 2010
Where Conference Rooms, Darlington Centre
RSVP Please email Skender Bregu