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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 65 | 16–20 April 2018


Director's Message

Namaste from Chennai.

Congratulations to Matt Thompson (PRL) and Kaitlin Cook (NP) for receiving a Springer Thesis Award (seems I jumped the gun last week). This annual award recognises students internationally for their outstanding contributions. Matt's thesis was titled "Measuring Helium nano-bubble formation in tungsten with grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering" and Kaitlin's thesis was titled "Zeptosecond dynamics of transfer-triggered breakup: Mechanisms, timescales and consequences for fusion".

I hope your PDR discussions are progressing well.  I’m very happy to discuss this essential process with anyone. (Less than a month before the deadline).

The EoI for the Head of Department of Theoretical Physics has now closed and the following staff have submitted their interest in the 5 year role: Murray Batchelor, Vladimir Bazhanov, Anatoli Kheifets and Cédric Simenel.  I thank them all for their interest. The School Executive will convene on Thursday with the result notified in the next Event Horizon.

This week’s pic is from Anna University, Chennai and was part of a College of Science delegation to India last week (and continuing this week).  If you have an interest in engaging with some of the top Indian research institutions please contact me.  We will be going back twice more this year and I would be pleased to sponsor research workshops.  There will be further details through your HoDs shortly.

Have a great week, see you Tuesday.



Gender Inequity and Limited Diversity

RSPE Equity and Access committee is working on the policy to address the gender inequity and limited diversity of invited speakers at conferences, seminars, and workshops supported and organised by RSPE. Why is this important?

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Equity & Diversity Essentials

Two hour workshops, facilitated by the University’s Diversity Consultant, will provide staff at all levels with an introduction to the principles of inclusion and diversity and their responsibilities under relevant ANU policies and discrimination laws.

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LGBTI Ally Training

For all academic and professional staff, this half day program will provide participants with knowledge and skills to create an inclusive culture for all LGBTIQ staff members and be an effective Ally within the ANU community.

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Inaugural Research Capabilities Expo

Research support and service facilities will be showcasing their expertise and capabilities available to researchers at ANU, external Universities and commercial clients, 2 May 2018.

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2018 ANU Education Grants Scheme, Round 2

Funding of up to $10,000 is available - applications are now open for the next round of ANU Education Grants.

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Water Pilot Technology Program - Opening of competitive round

The deadline for submissions is 9:00am Monday 23 April 2018

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Call for nominations and applications for Australian Academy of Science 2019 Awards.

The closing date for honorific award nominations is 1 May 2018 and 1 June 2018 for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships. 

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Nuclear Physics is hosting a 5-day workshop

"Nuclear Science and its Applications", from 9-13 April 2018

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Develop skills to make connections

The ANU Technology Transfer Office is hosting an intensive, full-day workshop for ANU researchers interested in developing their industry engagement skills, 21 May 2018.

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Departmental seminars

18 April 2018
Ms Ines Butz
Growing Plants in Space: Manipulating Medium Wettability and Grain Shape to Create Different Saturation Conditions
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24 April 2018
Professor Anushree Roy
III-V Semiconductor nanowires - Unique Crystal Structure and Electronic Band Structure
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School Seminar

19 April 2018
Dr Robert Ward
Designing the degree program I would have liked to do: A new ANU Master’s degree in scientific instrumentation

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Director's Colloquium

30 April 2018
A/Prof Jenni Adams
Neutrino window on the Universe

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RSPE Orientation

Every Monday at 10:00am all new starters are invited to meet at reception to have a short tour of the School’s central areas and receive a welcome pack.

Bookings are not required.



Sonia Padrum will be away on Tuesdays and Thursdays unil May. Please email for any urgent matters.


Goran Radovanovic will be away from 16th April to 27th April. Please forward any stores or purchasing questions to

Theoretical Physics

Prof Mukunda Das from Theoretical Physics will participate as a Plenary Speaker in the Nanotechnology Congress and Expo to be held during 16-18 April at Dubai. He will visit and give a seminar in the Physics Department of Singapore National University on 20 April.


Reminder - Could all users of the Link Building Tea Room please ensure that you pay for the items you consume. This service works on an honour-system. Prices for coffee, tea and biscuits are clearly displayed, they are not free. Thank you.


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