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National Quantum and Dark Matter Road Trip

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  • STEM Town Hall: Swinburne University of Technology
    Lecture Theatre ATC 101, John Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122, 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.

Location Information

Melbourne-based STEM professionals are invited to a Town Hall-style meeting with Dr Monique Ryan, the Federal Member for Kooyong. This is a fantastic opportunity for people working in STEM to discuss matters of science and policy with a current policy-maker! The aim of the meeting is to generate connections and increased information exchange between people working in STEM and policy. The meeting is being hosted at Swinburne University of Technology, and will be moderated by Dr Ben McAllister. We are seeking agenda item suggestions: if there is a matter you would like to discuss, please forward it to Ben ( and, if possible, we will add it to the agenda to be circulated closer to the event, along with the final details. We are very grateful to Swinburne University of Technology for their support of this event.