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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 13 | 17–21 April 2017


Distinguished Lecture - 28 April

Science, Innovation and Serendipity -

Dr R A Mashelkar, FRS

Chairman, National Innovation Foundation
Former Director-General of India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Breakthroughs in science, technology & innovation due to serendipity or accidental breakthroughs are rather rare. Chance is an event but serendipity is a capability.

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Wishing you a relaxing Easter Break with friends and family.

Best regards,



Major Equipment Grants 2017

Congratulations to all successful recipients. 

For a list of RSPE successful proposals -

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2017 Academic Promotion round

It is highly recommended that all staff considering application for promotion attend the relevant information session. 

Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.

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Funding Opportunities

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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ANU Media Training - April

The ANU Media Team will hold a free media skills workshop for ANU staff and postgraduate (research) students on Friday 21 April, 9am – 12.30pm.

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Industry Engagement Bootcamp

This intensive bootcamp aims to help researchers better engage with industry, including understanding industry needs, fostering productive business relationships, and learning to deliver a compelling pitch of their research project appropriate for the commercial world. 

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TPR Toolkit and Thesis Boot Camp

Research Skills Training offers a two day intensive workshop to support your TPR twice a year. Be immersed in an intensive ‘writing studio’ where you will learn the secrets of highly productive academic writers. Along the way, you’ll pick up a range of tactics and strategies to help you succeed with the rest of your PhD.

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Consultation on Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE)

The ARC are seeking feedback on ROPE from the sector. They want to hear from applicants, assessors and research office staff to understand if ROPE is working – if not – what can they do to make it better.

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Workplace Safety Incident and Hazard Reporting Tool

As part of the Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance project, the University is rolling out a new Claims Management System that includes a new workplace safety incident and hazard reporting tool – Figtree Systems.

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Equity and Access

The gender gap in science

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Science Early Career Academic Development Scheme

Aims to provide support, mentoring and training for early career academic staff in the STEM Colleges.

CPMS is seeking mid-career and more senior staff willing to act as a mentor for a more junior colleague.

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Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017

This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals, known for their excellent work.

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WHS Training Courses

  • Laser Safety (WHHR26) - 28 April




Public Lecture - 20 April

Time Travel: What's the Current Status? - Dr Peter J Riggs

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School Seminar Program - 20 April

Measuring storms in space-time: astronomy with gravitational radiation - Dr Robert Ward

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Departmental seminars

Mr Vrettos Stelliou - 12 April
Electron Crystallography and Precession Electron Diffraction Applications in TEΜ: from crystal structure determination to orientation imaging and strain mapping at nm scale
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Dr Rong Liu - 18 April
EME & IEEE Nanotechnology Council, ACT Section present Nano-resolution Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS):Techniques and Applications in emerging Materials and Biological Science
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Staff movements

Director's Office (DO)
Mrs Tania Maxwell (EA) will be on leave 12-21 April. Ms Martina Landsmann will be assisting during this period.

Department of Quantum Science (DQS)
Prof John Close is acting HOD.

School Services (SS)
Mr David Anderson is on leave 11-28 April.  Mr Wasantha Ramasundara will be acting EU Manager during this period.


Easter & ANZAC Public Holidays

In the month of April the following declared public holidays will occur:

  • Good Friday: Friday 14 April 2017
  • Easter Saturday: Saturday 15 April 2017
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday 16 April 2017
  • Easter Monday: Monday 17 April 2017
  • Anzac Day: Tuesday 25 April 2017

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The Lady Botanist - Erica Seccombe

Visiting Artist, Erica Seccombe
Dept Applied Mathematics

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery
21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

  • Exhibition dates:  6 April - 29 April 2017
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

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As part of our ongoing budget savings, we will be disposing of the School Golf in the next short while.  The transport options available to RSPE staff and students are available on the RSPE intranet transport webpage.

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Physics ANU

RSPE now has a page on LinkedIn, under the name Physics ANU. Please connect with us to help build a professional community!

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Searching for Alumni with interesting careers

Motivated by both the response to the RSPE Cultural survey and continued feedback from students and staff we are working to put together a quick series of short alumni profiles of Physics ANU graduates.

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