The National Quantum & Dark Matter Road Trip is coming to a city or town near you. As a part of National Science Week, a team of scientists and science communicators will travel around Australia, delivering engaging presentations, hands-on activities, pub quizzes and more.
The nature of dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries of the Universe, and Australia is a key player in the quest to figure it out. Dark matter accounts for 84% of all the matter in the Universe, but we don’t yet know what it is. Quantum technologies are crucial in the hunt for dark matter, and they’re already used in smart phones and cars, medical imaging, manufacturing and navigation. But today’s technologies capture only a small fraction of the potential of quantum physics.
Our road-trippers are looking forward to spreading their knowledge and enthusiasm of quantum and dark matter. They hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and highlight the potential of quantum technologies and dark matter discovery for the future of our society.
We will be traveling around Victoria from 7 - 11 August, holding individual public events in different states and territories during National Science Week and travelling around Queensland from 21 - 25 August.
Dark matter in the sky and on the Earth - public lecture by Dr Dipan Sengupta Dark matter is fundamental to our understanding of the structure of the Universe as we know and observe it. From the cosmic background to the formation of galaxies and stars, the evolution of the Universe has been shaped by dark matter. Yet it remains mysterious and a puzzle to us. Deciphering its true nature remains one of the biggest challenges to humankind in the quest to understand our place in the Universe. I will discuss various fascinating aspects in the hunt for discovering the true nature of dark matter. I will also talk about Australia’s role in this endeavour through building new detectors as well as its participation in global cutting-edge research in the field. We are very grateful to The University of Adelaide for their support of this event. This is a free event but registration is required. Arrive 5:45-6pm for a 6pm start.