Astrophysicists study phenomena that occur on scales that we can’t even in principle achieve here on Earth — and modern telescopes are giving us an unprecedented view.

We can now see the Universe as it was before galaxies even existed. We have found thousands of planets orbiting other stars. We regularly detect supernovae that went off billions of years before the earth even formed. We’ve even detected gravitational waves — ripples in space itself. And most enigmatically, we've discovered some kind of "dark energy" that is accelerating the expansion of the universe, contrary to our expectation that gravity should slow it down.

In this talk, astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis will regale us with some of the latest news in astrophysics, and some of her experiences from two decades of research into the dark side of the Universe.

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Tamara DavisProfessor Tamara Davis is a professor of astrophysics at The University of Queensland. She’s been trying to solve the mysteries of the Universe for over two decades, and has probably revealed more mysteries than she’s solved. In particular, she’s helped confirm that 95% of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy. She leads the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), was awarded the Australian Academy of Science medal for female leadership in science, and is a passionate science communicator, including as occasional television host for ABC Catalyst.


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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The Edge, State Library of Queensland