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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 24 | 20–24 June 2016


Congratulations - Prof Denis Evans

on becoming a Member of the Order of Australia


June Director's Colloquium

Climate Change Institute Director Prof. Mark Howden gave a review of some of the climate challenges we face, and how we might communicate climate science and adaptation choices more effectively to policy makers.


Innovation Logic: Six easy steps to innovate product or process and access to the global brain; BIG Patent DATA

ANU welcomes Simon Dewulf, CEO of AULIVE, to speak about Innovation Logic.

AULIVE Innovation Logic is based on fifteen years of creativity research, over five hundred innovation projects and the exploration of worldwide BIG Patent DATA. The method and patent analysis software bring speed and efficiency to:  

  • R&D innovation and problem solving capability 
  • market connection for technology, product or process
  • predictive innovation and technical trend analysis
  • knowledge retainment and technology transfer 
  • patent analysis and technology landscaping. 

» read more


Lean Startup Workshops

The ANU Technology Transfer Office is teaming up with KILN Incubator to show you how to apply lean startup methodology to your research project.

Lean startup methods enable you to:

  • Test an idea's commercial potential
  • Find a viable market opportunity
  • Create a successful business model
  • Build the right prototype faster
  • Effectively deal with risk and uncertainty
  • Increase the impact of your ideas and innovations

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ANU Strategic vision forums

ANU is embarking on a journey to build a new vision and strategic plan for the University. 

A series of forums to shape the new strategic vision for the University have commenced, you are encouraged to have your say.

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Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Staff Training

The University currently has a limited number of training vouchers with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) available for ANU staff members to utilise during 2016.

If you or your staff are interested in one of the current AIM programs I encourage you to make use of the available training vouchers and corporate membership. The training vouchers will provide a discount of up to 25% off AIM short courses and open program courses until exhausted. 

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The RSPE 3MT Final will be held 19 July. Please contact for further details


The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for higher degree research students to showcase their research. Students have to talk about what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide. The winner of the ANU 3MT final will go on to compete in the Asia Pacific final, held at the University of Queensland on 30th of September.

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Distinguished Lecture - 11 July

Quantum Gravity: Problems, Puzzles and Perspectives - Professor Hermann Nicolai

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Departmental seminars

Dr Ulf Garbe - 17 June
Neutron imaging capabilities at ANSTO
» read more

Ms Yu Yi (Ivy) - 21 June
Final PhD Seminar: Mid-infrared Supercontinuum Generation in Chalcogenides
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Staff movements

Applied Maths (AM)
Ms Martina Landsmann will be on annual leave 23 May - 26 June 2016.

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Professor Michael Shats will be on annual leave 30 May - 24 June 2016. A/Prof Matthew Hole will acting HOD during this period.

Prof Christine Charles will be away 17 May - 2 July 2016 giving plenary lectures and invited talks at APCPST 2016 in Shanghai, SFP 2016 in Nancy and ICPP in Taiwan and working with collaborators at University College London and French Universities.

Laser Physics Centre (LPC)
Dr Stephen Gibson and Ben Laws (PhD student) will be away 13-28 June attending the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Champaign-Urbana IL, USA, June 20-24, with pre-conference collaborative research visits to Yale, MIT, Wellesley College, and post-conference, UC Berkeley.

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Ms Kathy Hicks will be on annual leave 20 June - 15 July 2016. Ms Gaye Carney will be acting DA NLPC 20 June - 8 July, with Ms Julie Arnold assisting with urgent enquiries 11-15 July.

Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
Prof John Howard will be away 2-28 June 2016.  A/Prof James Sullivan will be acting HoD 6-28 June.



Training course:

  • Chemical Safety (OHSA03) 27 July (9am-12.30pm)

Registration via HORUS


'Privilege is invisible to those who have it': engaging men in workplace equality

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Too many men see ‘gender’ as synonymous with ‘women’ and this lack of interest is preventing workplace equality, says Prof Michael Kimmel. 

Turn up to any meeting on gender equality and the room will be full of women. Women talking to women about women.

» read more



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