BrisScience is back for 2022! We can't wait to explore the wonders of science with you this year.

This month, we're back at home, as COVID-19 has again hampered our efforts to present at The Edge, but we hope to return to in-person events as soon as possible. In the meantime, get comfy and join us on the hunt for exoplanets.

For decades, astronomers have searched for planets outside our solar system using radio telescopes, but no clear detections have been made... until now.

Join us to hear from UQ astrophysicist Dr Benjamin Pope, whose team recently detected 19 red dwarf stars using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope in Europe, then discovered four orbiting planets from their magnetic fields interacting with their stars.

Dr Pope will explore this exciting new technique for planet-hunting, the likely harsh radiation environments on these newly discovered planets, and how Western Australia’s upcoming Square Kilometre Array could one day find planets that may be habitable.


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Meet the presenter

Dr Benjamin Pope is a Lecturer in Astrophysics and ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow at The University of Queensland. After studying for his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Sydney, he did his DPhil in Astrophysics at Balliol College, Oxford, followed by a NASA Sagan Fellowship at New York University. He researches exoplanets and stellar astrophysics using space telescopes.


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About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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