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The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) is the professional organisation promoting the discipline of physics and maintaining its standards and the welfare of physicists in Australia.

See details of the Branch Programme for 2012

Forthcoming lectures - All welcome

28 November

Physics Lecture Theatre 1
University of Tasmania
Sandy Bay
  4:30 pm  Annual General Meeting
  5:15 pm  Inaugural presentation of the Ken McCracken Physics Honours Award

  5:30 pm  Public lecture by Dr Ken McCracken AO:  Cosmic Ray and Solar Variability throughout the past 9,400 years and speculations concerning their origin

"Pier One"
Wriest Point
Sandy Bay
  7:00 pm  Branch Annual dinner
                          RSVP by 20 November to or ph 6236 5575 (work hours)

History of Physics in Tasmania.
The book "History of Physics in Tasmania 1792 - 1982", by A G Fenton, is available for $15 plus postage.  Please contact the Branch Chair.

Physics Quiz

The 2011 AIP Quiz for year 11 and 12 physics students in Tasmania was held on August 27th concurrently at the Australian Antarctic Division at Kingston and Launceston College.  There were nine participating teams from Tasmanian Colleges.  The winning team came from Launceston College, with teams from St.Brendan-Shaw College and Rosny College second and third .

The AIP gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Antarctic Division; the Bureau of Meteorology; CSIRO Publishing; Moonraker Australia; the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery; and the School of Mathematics & Physics and the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology; both from the University of Tasmania, in sponsorship of the XVI AIP Quiz.

The 2005 and 2004 quizzes are still available for download as PDF files.  From 2005 onwards the quiz was held in odd numbered years only.  The 2007 and 2009 quizzes were won by teams from Hutchins School. 

What is it like being a physicist? What are job prospects? Look at what Tasmanian physicists have to say.
We have a colourful brochure illustrating a range of the physics done in Tasmania.

For secondary teachers and students of Physics and other Sciences, look for the Australian Academy of Science project Science in the news. For readable articles on latest developments in physics, the American Physical Society produces Physical Review Focus. What fields of science will shape Australia's future? The Australian Academy of Science has identified eight. Physicists will be involved in all of them. Physics education is a focus of the Institute of Physics PhysicsWeb January 2004.

The AIP has three grades of membership -  Associate, Member and Fellow.  Branches in every State organise local activities.  You can email the National Secretariat, which is located in Melbourne.  The AIP contributes to national science policy through FASTS.

The Tasmanian Annual Report from the last Annual Meeting is available. 

The Branch Committee thanks the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Tasmania for hosting these pages.


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