Director's Colloquium

Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets

Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University

The Women in Physics Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Lecturers offer presentations, including school lectures, public lectures and research colloquia, in Canberra and each of the six Australian State capital cities and surrounding regions. Associate Prof. Katarina Miljkovic from Curtin University is the winner of the 2022 Women in Physics Lectureship. She will be giving her lecture at the ANU as part of the RSPhys Director’s Colloquium Series.

It was only during the mid-20th century that impact craters on Earth were confirmed as originating from rocks which arose in outer space. Since then, space missions have brought back data from similar phenomena affecting the crusts of other planetary bodies. These impact events play a key element in planetary evolution, including that of Earth. In this lecture, A/Prof Miljkovic will outline her modelling work on impact processes, cratering mechanics and shock physics applied to geological materials using data from space missions such as NASA’s GRAIL and InSight.

A/Prof Miljkovic joined Curtin University in 2015 under a Curtin Research Fellowship. She now teaches in the Advanced Science degree there. She is also currently an Australian Research Council Fellow.

Prior to joining Curtin, she graduated from the University of Belgrade in 2006 in astrophysics and obtained her PhD from the Open University in the UK in 2010. She has held postdoctoral roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris in France, and Imperial College London in the UK.

A/Prof Miljkovic has won several competitive awards, including an ARC DECRA Fellowship, an Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship and a WA Tall Poppy Young Scientist of the Year award.

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Meeting ID: 941 1170 1666
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Date & time

Thu 2 Jun 2022, 2–3pm



Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre


Members of RSPE welcome