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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 25 | 27 June–1 July 2016


Vale Prof John Love

who passed away 19 June 2016. 

Over the coming weeks a great deal will be remembered in tribute to John, but for now please pause for a moment and think about his lasting contributions to optical science, to teaching and to the University community. His commitment to our ANU spanned more than 4 decades.  Thank you for all those who visited John over the past few months. He passed peacefully at Canberra Hospital early this morning, with friends at his side.



Laser Physics Centre (LPC)
Prof Glenn Stark (Wellesley College, Boston MA USA) will be visiting during 27 June - 1 July, collaborating with Dr Stephen Gibson and Emeritus Prof Brenton Lewis on the spectroscopy of sulfur molecules.


Negotiations for a replacement Enterprise Agreement

Following University correspondence emailed to all staff on 21 June, notifying employees of their rights to be represented by a bargaining representative throughout the negotiations for a replacement Enterprise Agreement. Please find attached a corrected Notice of Employee Representational Rights. This corrected Notice is issued to ensure that the University is compliant with the enterprise bargaining requirements under the Fair Work Act 2009.  

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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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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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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. 

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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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Staff movements

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
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.

A/Prof Matthew Hole, Emeritus Prof Robert Dewar and Dr Brett Layden will be giving oral presentations at the 18th International Congress on Plasma Physics in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 27 June - 1 July 2016.

Electronics Material Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan will be overseas 18 June - 5 August 2016. A/Prof Patrick Kluth will be acting HOD 28-30 June and 22 July - 5 August. A/Prof Jodie Bradby will be acting HOD 1-17 July.

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.

School Administration 
Martina Landsmann will be working 80% for the School/ECI 27 June - 4 October while Ms Andrea Butler is on maternity leave.

Theoretical Physics (TP)
Lucia Lu will be on annual leave 22 June - 29 July 2016. On her return, she will be on secondment with Mathematical Science Institute (MSI) 1 August - 14 July 2017. Ms Gaye Carney will be acting DA TP.


Physics Project Market Day

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 11:30 - 2pm 
Melville Hall - The Australian National University

  1. Upload available student projects by 22 July
  2. RSVP for Market Day ( by 1 August
  3.  By August 10th - Print poster 
  4. Join us at the Physics Project Market Day,Melville Hall - 16 August



Training course:

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

Registration via HORUS


Funding Opportunities

Sir Robert Menzies memorial scholarship in engineering
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, AU

This supports Australians in undertaking a postgraduate course in engineering at a university overseas. The award will be tenable for either one, two or three academic years and provides emoluments of up to AU$75,000 per year to meet compulsory university fees and charges and contributes substantially towards the cost of books, equipment, personal living allowance and travel.

Maximum award: $225,000
Closing date: 31 Jul 16 (recurring)

Women in mathematics special interest group Cheryl E Praeger travel awards
Australian Mathematical Society, AU

These support Australian female mathematicians in attending conferences or to visit collaborators. The awards are worth up to AU$1,000 for a domestic trip and up to AU$3,000 for an international trip.

Maximum award: $3,000
Closing date: 1 Oct 16 (recurring)

Development and validation of alternative methodologies for predicting bioaccumulation of surfactants
European Chemical Industry Council, BE

This aims to generate new datasets and coefficients to improve environmental risk assessment of surfactants in inter-industry context. The budget is €400,000 over three years.

Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 31 Aug 16


Female student makes history and heads to coding Olympics

From RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Belinda Shi is determined to shatter the stereotype of the coder as "a man with nerdy glasses in a dark room".

The 17-year-old Methodist Ladies' College student has made history as the first Australian female to compete in the International Olympiad in Informatics. In August, the year 12 student will travel to Kazan, Russia to compete against programming prodigies from around the world.

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