Elizabeth Williams

Senior Lecturer

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Nuclear physicist. Experimentalist. Writer.#

Elizabeth T. Williams is a Senior Lecturer at the 3A Institute within the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University (ANU).

She completed her PhD in experimental nuclear structure at Yale University in December 2009 before commencing postdoctoral work in fundamental and applied nuclear physics at Yale and CSIRO. Liz joined the ANU in 2012, where she held an ARC DECRA fellowship. She has created and used cyber-physical systems to carry out her research in nuclear science, and has always had a fascination with how complex systems come together in a human context. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the ANU Department of Nuclear Physics.

Her passion for research impact and the responsibilities that researchers have to imagine the context in which their research will be used led her to the 3A Institute, where she is currently working on creating a new applied science in the management of data, artificial intelligence, and cyber-physical systems. She is also the main coordinator for our fantastic maker studio!

Liz also has a longstanding interest in journalism, dating back to her work as an arts reporter and features editor at The Yale Daily News. She has used the skills she developed as a student journalist to write news and popular science articles for a range of publications, including Australian Geographic, The Conversation, and Nature Chemistry.

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