Australia has several active particle physics groups (University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney).
Members of these groups contribute to several experiments such as ATLAS, Belle/Belle II, COMET, Ice Cube, LHCb along with various direct dark matter searches, and are working towards the realisation of future facilities (CEPC, EIC, FCC, ILC). There is also a vibrant theory community with members throughout the country providing input to their experimental colleagues and working on theoretical understandings and expansions of the Standard Model.
CURRENT STATUS: MEMBER
University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia
Education and Outreach Coordinator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics
Jackie Bondell is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for both the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) and is based in Melbourne, Australia.
She develops educational content for public outreach programs and curriculum for school engagement, focusing on incorporating innovative technology and science content into in-depth and curriculum-aligned education opportunities for students and teachers. With a passion for promoting STEM to traditionally underserved populations, she aspires to reach more female students as well as those in rural and regional areas of Australia.
Prior to 2018, Jackie spent 15 years as a Physics instructor in the US. She holds a Masters Degree in Physics and Astronomy and is a National Board Certified Teacher of Secondary Physical Science. During her teaching career, she was the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the National Science Teachers Association Technology Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Teaching.
She has led multiple workshops related to incorporating visualisation technology and current Physics research into the science classroom and has recently authored a chapter in a textbook on teaching contemporary Physics to secondary students.
Jackie is the Chair of the Education and Outreach Chapter Steering Committee for the Astronomical Society of Australia and a National Astronomy Education Coordinator representing Australia to the Office of Astronomy for Education with the International Astronomy Union