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National Quantum and Dark Matter Road Trip

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  • Public Lecture: The University of Western Australia - Dr Jeremy Bourhill
    Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

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.

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In this public lecture, Dr Jeremy Bourhill will discuss the overwhelming evidence for the existence of dark matter, explain how Australian scientists are using some of the most advanced sensing technologies to detect it here on Earth, and finally discuss why it’s worth trying to detect it in the first place. The lecture will be understandable by school-aged children, and will feature physical demonstrations and a 30-minute Q&A session. This is a free event but registration is required. 6pm public lecture followed by Q&A and demonstration. We are very grateful to The University of Western Australia for their support of this event.