Well, 2007 was an eventful year. Climate change issues have dominated scientists and politicians alike. Though the arguments are complicated it is very clear that it is time to act. Fossil-based fuels will run out. We need to develop new sources of power, and use more efficiently those we already have. Of course it will be Scientists and Engineers who will be at the forefront of developing the required new technologies.
     As it happens my research group has been providing theoretical support to Osram-Sylvania in the development of highly efficient and environmentally friendly lighting sources. Also, last year I went to France to see the building site of a $15 billion Fusion Reactor. This is the second largest international science project, behind only the International Space Station. The idea is to generate power in the same way as happens in the core of the Sun. We need to build a machine that will be hotter than the Sun's core, at 100 million degrees in the centre, and yet be at almost absolute zero just a few meters away so that the massive superconducting coils could generate the required magnetic fields to keep the hot gases confined. Though commercial applications are years away, scientific researchers are needed here and now.
     Last year was particularly exciting for me personally. Curtin University has continued its heavy investment in Science and Engineering and made me an offer to start up an Institute of Theoretical Physics. We are now one of the major theoretical physics centres in Australia. I hope that those of you who are not afraid of tackling the hard problems will consider further study in physics and contribute to the technological solutions required in the 21st Century.
     My research group in Antimatter-Matter interactions sponsors an elite double major in physics and mathematics. Though I am a full-time researcher based at Curtin I also teach Honours students from UWA and Murdoch. Last year we had one of the biggest Honours classes in the country. So, if you are interested in Advanced Computational Quantum Mechanics, I might see you in a few year's time.
     It gives me great pleasure to award this prize, which is Karl Kruszelnicki's book "It ain't necessarily so...bro", to the best year-eleven physics student of 2007, ...

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