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: Where to find the School of Physics and Astronomy

Colloquia are accessible to a more general physics audience (senior undergraduates to academics), while 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:

Professor Meera Parish
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Talks for 2016

Date Type Speaker Title
Wednesday 14th December, 2016 MCATM Seminar Professor Liangti Qu
Beijing Institute of Technology
Assembly of Graphene for Energy-related Applications
Monday 12th December, 2016 CoEPP Research Seminar Nick Rodd
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gamma-ray Constraints on Decaying Dark Matter and Implications for IceCube
Thursday 8th December, 2016 MCATM Seminar John Rourke
Graphene Oxide: A 2-component structural model and chemical functionalisation
Wednesday 30th November, 2016 Colloquium Professor Gerado Adesso
University of Nottingham
Genuine quantumness: from coherence to correlations
Wednesday 30th November 2016, MCATM Seminar Professor Patrick Soukiassian
University of Paris-Sud/Orsay
Selective Nanochemistry on Graphene and Silicon Carbide Surfaces & Interfaces: Nanotunnels and Possible Prebiotic Root of Life in the Universe
Friday 25th November, 2016 Colloquium Professor Sile Nic Chormaic
OIST Graduate University, Okinawa
Using ultrathin optical fibres for particle or atom trapping
Thursday 24th November, 2016 Cold Atoms Seminar Mr Lewis Williamson
University of Otago, New Zealand
Thermalisation in a spinor Bose-Einstein condensate: the role of topological defects
Thursday 24th November, 2016 MCATM Seminar Dr Kurt Gaskill
Epitaxial Graphene Naturally Enables Terahertz Optoelectronics
Monday 14th November, 2016 Seminar Dr Matthew Dolan
University of Melbourne
SUSY Fits with MasterCode
Tuesday 8th November, 2016 Public Lecture Dr Tyrone Woods
Monash University
444 years of Tycho's supernova
Monday 7th November, 2016 MCATM Seminar Professor Lain-Jong (Lance) Li
King Abdullah University
2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayer: A Promising Candidate for Next Generation Electronics
Friday 4th November, 2016 Colloquium Professor Jairo Sinova
Insitut fur Physik, Mainz
Relativity shakes future technology: How the spin Hall effect and relativistic torques are opening new paths for information storage
Wednesday 2nd November, 2016 Colloquium Professor Michael Fuhrer
Monash University
The 2016 Nobel Price in Physics
Tuesday 25th October, 2016 MCATM Member Engagement Symposium MCATM Members Fostering research collaboration
Monday 24th October, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Sergey Syzranov
University of Maryland
Transport and phase transitions in disordered Topological semimetals, high-dimensional semiconductors and related systems
Wednesday 19th October, 2016 Colloquium Dr Duane W. Hamacher
Monash University
How do Indigenous Australians "Read the Stars"?
Wednesday 12th October, 2016 Colloquium Dr Martin White
Adelaide University
Things that go bump in the light
Friday 7th October, 2016 An ACE Network Colloquium Alastair Tait
Monash University
Meterorites as microbial habitats, and standards for biomarker detection on Mars
Thursday 6th October, 2016 MCATM Young Researchers Forum MCATM ECRs & Guest Speaker from Monash Careers Connect & The Generator Research Projects in MCATM & Career Branding for ECRs
Wednesday 5th October, 2016 Research Seminar Professor Yuri S. Kivshar
Australian National University
Topological photonics with all-dielectric nanostructures and metacrystals
Wednesday 5th October, 2016 Colloquium Professor Yuri S. Kivshar
Australian National University
Recent advances in the physics and applications of metamaterials
Monday 19th September, 2016 Colloquium Professor Karlheinz Langanke
Nuclear input required for supernova dynamics and nucleosynthesis
Friday 2nd September, 2016 An ACE Network Colloquium Professor John Lattanzio
Monash University
Has Kepler Found Aliens?
Wednesday 31st August, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Chris Bradly
University of Melbourne
Few-body Physics and Strongly-interacting Trapped Ultracold Quantum Gases
Wednesday 24th August, 2016 Colloquium Professor Ulrik Egede
Imperial College London
Can Beauty reveal the secrets of the Universe?
Wednesday 10th August, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Mircea Trif
University of Paris-Saclay
Cavity quantum electrodynamics with quantum dots and topological superconductors
Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Lars Fritz
Universiteit Utrecht
Dirac Fermions: Topology meets quantum Criticality
Friday 15 July, 2016 Research Seminar Dr David Miller
University of Glasgow
What do we do about the hierarchy problem if there is no supersymmetry?
Wednesday 13 July, 2016 Colloquium Associate Professor Andy Martin
University of Melbourne
Vortices and vortex lattices in quantum ferrofluids
Monday 11 July, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Andrew Spray
Institute of Basic Science (IBS)
South Korea
Phenomenology of Split Composite Higgs
Wednesday 6 July, 2016 Colloquium Dr Georg Bruun
Aarhus University,
Higgs and Polaron physics and cold atoms
Thursday 30 June, 2016 Colloquium Dr JJ Eldridge
University of Auckland, New Zealand
The Science of Sci-fi: mind/body swapping and gender diversity
Wednesday 29 June, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Alexandre Glazov
DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron)
Precision tests of the Standard Model at the LHC
Wednesday 8 June, 2016 Colloquium Dr Agustin Schiffrin
Monash University
Atomic-Scale Engineering of Solid Interfaces: Towards Enhanced Electronic and Optoelectronic Functionalities
Thursday, 12 May, 2016 Research Seminar Mr James McKay
Imperial College London
Minimal dark matter and vacuum stability in global fits
Wednesday 11 May, 2016 Colloquium

Professor Bruce Allen
Albert Einstein Institute Hannover

Direct observation of gravitational waves from the merger and inspiral of two black holes
Thursday  7 April, 2016 Colloquium Professor Michael Ramsey-Musolf
University of Massechusetts Amherst
Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter
Thursday  31 March, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Ben Farmer
Stockholm University 
Improving direct dark matter searches using effective field theory techniques
Thursday  24 March, 2016 Research Seminar Felix Bischoff
Technical University Munich 
Experimental Condensed Mater - Nano architectures and
single molecule investigations at interfaces
Thursday 17 March, 2016 Research Seminar Jay Bourke
Melbourne University 
Condensed Matter Theory and Experiment – The Way Forward
Thursday 10 March, 2016 Colloquium Dr Anton Maksimenko
Australian Synchrotron 
Computed Tomography at the Australian Synchrotron: A new tool for your Research
Tuesday 8 March, 2016 Research Seminar Dr Jayden Newstead
Arizona State University 
Coherent Neutrino Scattering: signal or background?
Thursday 25 February, 2016 Colloquium Dr Michael Fraser
Non-equilibrium Bose-Einstein condensation of exciton-polaritons
Tuesday 23 February, 2016


Dr Voica Radescu
Oxford University and DESY 
Precision of Proton Structure for discoveries at LHC
Tuesday 16 February, 2016 Colloquium Associate Professor Yuri Levin & Dr Eric Thrane
Monash University
Results from Advanced LIGO's First Observation Run
Wednesday 10 February, 2016 Colloquium Professor Torbjorn Sjostrand QCD and BSM