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Associate Professor - Physics, RMIT University

Dr Gail Iles is an Associate Professor in Physics at RMIT University, and Founder and Program Manager of the Bachelor in Space Science. After gaining a PhD in experimental physics from Leicester University in England, Gail began her scientific career with the European Space Agency in France where she researched the properties of materials on board the ‘vomit comet’ - a position which saw her complete over 500 parabolas in the A300 “Zero-G” Airbus. From there she became an astronaut instructor at the European Astronaut Centre training ISS Expedition crew members how to operate equipment in the Columbus laboratory. In 2014 Gail moved to Australia to work at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation, transferring to RMIT in 2017. Her current research interests include microgravity experiments, neutron and x-ray characterisation and instrument design. Gail is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Science Correspondent on the 3AW Neil Mitchell radio show.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer in Physics, RMIT University
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer in Physics, RMIT University


  • 2007 
    University of Leicester, UK, PhD in Physics

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Physics


WISE Champion Award (2010)