Dr Ceri Brenner, an experimental plasma physicist and innovator from the UK, broached the subject of laser technology, her career journey and life as a physicist at a guest lecture organised by the School of Physics yesterday.

The Women in Physics lecture, presented in association with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), is an annual event where AIP funds a national tour by an eminent female physicist. Dr Brenner spoke on two occasions during her visit, the first was at St Mary’s Star of the Sea to senior students, and then at a public lecture at the Science Space.

Dr Brenner is a physicist who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. Brenner has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Institute of Physics’ Clifford-Paterson Medal and Prize for her significant early career contributions to the application of physics in an industrial context. A graduate of Oxford University and PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Ceri has established a unique position working in the UK’s Central Laser Facility, in which her passion for application-focused research works alongside pursuing fundamental understanding of extreme condition physics.

Brenner is also a popular science communicator and is a strong advocate of physics engagement and uses her platform to inspire new audiences within the public, academia and industry.