Seminars and Colloquia

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a series of vibrant colloquia and research seminars. These talks are delivered by invited guests from local and international institutions, as well as researchers from Monash.

All talks are held at the Clayton Campus: Getting to Monash Clayton Campus | Clayton Campus Map

Colloquia are accessible to a general physics audience (undergraduates to academics); seminars are targeted at postgraduate students and researchers with a relevant background. All talks run for approximately 1 hour.

If you have questions about the talks, please contact: Physics
Dr Kavan Modi
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Astronomy & Astrophysics
Dr Rosemary Mardling
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Talks for 2018

Amadeo L. Vazquez de Parga - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Graphene as playground for molecules: from physisorption to catalysis
Tuesday 18 September - 11:00 G30, New Horizions Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Dr Kelvin McQueen - Chapman University
In defence of the self-location uncertainty account of probability in the many-worlds interpretation (download flyer)
Monday 20 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkQuantum Seminar
Atsushi Fujimori - University of Tokyo
Soft x-ray spectroscopy of magnetic materials for spintronics
Wednesday 8 August - 11:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar

Professor Karl Glazebrook - FAA (Director of the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and a Director of the Board of Astronomy Australia Limited) and Mr Mark McAuley - (CEO of Astronomy Australia Limited)

Tuesday 7 August  - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Shane Farnsworth - Max Planck Institute
Spin Factor Geometry (download flyer)
Friday 3 August - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkHEP Seminar
Shaffique Adam - National University of Singapore
On why strongly interacting Dirac fermions in two dimensions appear weakly interacting
Wednesday 1 August - 14:00Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkColloquium
Dr Nick Rubin - Rigetti Quantum Computing
Hybrid algorithm development at Rigetti Quantum Computing (download flyer)
Wednesday 25 July - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkColloquium
Mathew Pitkin - University of Glasgow
Pulsars as gravitational wave sources
Tuesday 24 July - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Anish Amarsi - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Parameters and abundances of late-type stars based on 3D non-LTE modelling
Tuesday 12 June - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Ben Farmer - Imperial College London
Calculating p-values in Beyond-the-Standard-Model global fits (download flyer)
Wednesday 6 June - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkHEP Seminar
Dr Giorgio Busoni - The University of Melbourne
Direct Detection of Energy - suppressed operators (download flyer)
Wednesday 23 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkHEP Seminar
Marco Bruni - University of Portsmouth
Weak field and full GR cosmological simulations
Tuesday 22 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Mr John Garlionis - University of Melbourne
Radiative neutrino mass and the flavor anomalies: a circumstantial case  (download flyer)
Wednesday 16 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkHEP Seminar
Mr Mathias Jorgensen - Technical University of Denmark
Efficiently simulating quantum mechanical systems with memory (download flyer)
Thursday 10 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkQuantum Information Seminar
Dr Guy Cohen - Tel Aviv University
Taming the dynamical sign problem: the Inchworm algorithm (download flyer)
Wednesday 9 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkColloquium
Dr Zachary Kemp - Propagation based phase retrieval using artificial neural networks (download flyer)
Dr Florian Schaff - Directional Small-Angle X-ray Scattering Computed Tomography (download flyer)
Tuesday 8 May - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkImaging & Optical Physics Seminar
Sarah Leslie - University of Heidelberg
Evolution of star formation and dust properties of galaxies over cosmic time
Tuesday 8 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
CANCELLED - Amadeo L. Vazquez de Parga - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Graphene as playground for molecules: from physisorption
Tuesday 8 May - 11:00 G30, New Horizions Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Professor Raymond Volkas - The University of Melbourne
Neutrino mass models: Connections with other fundamental mysteries (download flyer)
Friday 4 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkHEP Seminar
Dr Simon J Murphy - University of Sydney
An exciting haul of planetary, binary and triple systems for pulsation timing
Tuesday 1 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Professor Paul Mulvaney - The University of Melbourne
Exciton Science - Shining New Light on an Old Topic (download flyer)
Thursday 26 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkDirector's Colloquium
Dr Rachael Livermore - University of Melbourne
Harnessing the Power of Gravitational Lensing
Tuesday 24 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Kamil Korzekwa - University of Sydney
Coherifying quantum states and channels
Wednesday 18 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Michelle Cluver - Swinburne University
Closing in on the Hidden universe
Tuesday 17 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Matthew Hillier - Monash University
Using software tools in exams for STEM (download flyer)
Wednesday 11 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Dimitri Veras - University of Warwick 
The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science
Tuesday 10 April - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
CANCELLED - Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan - University of Manchester
Capacitive pressure and touch sensors with suspended graphene-polymer heterostructure membranes
Thursday 5 April - 11:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET and MCATM Seminar
Dr Ben Baragiola - RMIT University
Driving a quantum systems with propagating Fock states of light:  non-Markovian master equations (download flyer)
Wednesday 28  March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Professor Ralf Klessen - Heidelberg University 
Star formation
Tuesday 27 March - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Jennifer MacLeod - Queensland University of Technology
Molecular nanoarchitectures from on-surface reactions and assembly
Thursday 22 March - 14:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Dr Stephan Rachel - University of Melbourne
Quantum Design of Topological Matter (download flyer)
Wednesday 21  March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Camille Thomson - Australian Institute of Policy and Science
Tall Poppy Science Award
Wednesday 21 March - 12:00Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkFLEET Information Seminar
Professor Chris Tout - Churchill College Cambridge
Highly Magnetic White Dwarfs and other Stars
Tuesday 20 March - 12:00Room 107, Level 1, 10 College WalkMOCA Seminar
Dr Martijn van der Kamp - Monash Business School
Unconscious Bias - How we deal with others without knowing it (download flyer) (download slides) (download Bias Codex) (download 20 Cognitive Biases)
Thursday 14 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Blanca Biel - University of Granada
Electronic properties and SPM characterization of transition metal dichalcogenides
Wednesday 14 March - 11:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Professor Stephen Godfrey - Carleton University
Topics in Bottomonium Physics (download flyer)
Tuesday 13 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Ursula Laa - Monash University
Understanding LHC searches for New Physics with Simplified Models (download flyer)
Thursday 8 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Tim Duty - University of NSW
Quantum physics in one dimension and the fate of the dual Josephson effect (download flyer)
Thursday 7 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Elizabeth Stanway - University of Warwick
Understanding Intense Star Formation through Observations and Modelling
Tuesday 6 March - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Mr Sioni Summers - Imperial College London
Track reconstruction in the Level 1 trigger of the CMS experiment at the High Luminosity LHC (download slides)
Tuesday 6 March - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Andrew Garner, National University of Singapore
Quantum Precision: Unbounded memory advantage in stochastic simulation using quantum mechanics
Thursday 1 March - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Professor Ulrik Egede - Imperial College London
Can Beauty in particle physics reveal the secrets of the Universe? (download flyer)
Thursday 1 March - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Research Seminar
Dr Marzena Szymanska - University College London
Quantum Fluids of Light in and out of Equilibrium (download flyer)
Wednesday 28 February - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Jean-Francois Gonzalez (Lyon) - IAU
Self-induced dust traps: from apparent gaps to planetesimal formation
Tuesday 27 February - 13:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Helen Brooks - Monash University
Modelling Multi-jets at the LHC with HEJ+Pythia (download flyer)
Thursday 15 February - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Mr Ryan Urquhart - Curtin University
Measuring the mechanical power of rapidly-accreting black holes and neutron stars: jets, winds and bubbles
Friday 9 February - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Professor Shuyun Zhou - Tsinghua University
Two-dimensional materials and hetero-structures for new topological phases and tailored electronic structures (download flyer)
Tuesday 6 February - 11:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Professor Laurent Bellaiche - University of Arkansas
Topological Defects in Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics (download flyer)
Monday 5 February - 11:00G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research WayFLEET Research Seminar
Mr Robert Verheyen - Nijmegen University
Electroweak Radiation in Antenna Showers (download flyer) (download slides)
Thursday 1 February - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Takashi MoriyaNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Superluminous supernovae and their origins
Tuesday 30 January - 13:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Pankaj Sharma - University of Adelaide 
Charged Higgs search prospects in bosonic decays at the Large Hadron Collider (download flyer)
Monday 22 January - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Jeremy Dalseno - University of Bristol
Amplitude Analysis of D -> pi+ pi- pi+ pi- and K+ K- pi+ pi- with CLEO Data
Tuesday 8 January - 14:00Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar