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Frontiers of Science Forum



L-R: Dr Fred Osman; Prof Judith Dawes; Dr Daniel Mansfield; Ian Woolf; Prof Antoine van Oijen; Dr Cathy Foley and Dr Markus Müllner


Recording of event available here: https://youtu.be/-1BaRryZc4o


Exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry at this year’s combined Australian Institute of Physics, The Teachers’ Guild of NSW and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute meeting


Ever since the Copernicun revolution in the 15th century science has been progressing at an exponential rate. Major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, have shaped and continue to grow at an exponential rate. The evening provided a wonderful engaging series of presentations on the latest future developments on exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry at this year’s combined Australian Institute of Physics (AIP); The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales (TGNSW); and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) joint meeting. The topics on the evening included:


Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM

Back to the Future: work


Dr Cathy Foley commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021. Dr Foley was appointed to the role after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO; she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018, the second woman to hold that role. Dr Foley’s career in physics began with her PhD at Macquarie University on the semiconductor indium nitride. She and her colleagues were one of the first groups to carry out pioneering research that examined the properties of indium nitride in light-sensitive devices, the best-known application being white light emitting diodes used for household low energy lighting.


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