The Australian National University

Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 98 | 3–7 December 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  To recap on some of the topics from the School Forum last week.

  • It was the best ARC outcome on record, congratulations to the successful grantees this year.  The ANU success rate was about 6% higher than the National average (22.4%), with the College of Science even higher at 30%.  Our School achieved a record 44%, representing over $6.4 M in funding.
  • A temporary surface carpark will be developed in the New Year mostly recovering the spaces lost in the building program.
  • The funding for the complete building program is currently under review.
  • The School Review will be with the University Executive shortly, and hopefully for public release in the next few weeks. 
  • College HR, Finance and Research teams will be spending time periodically in Physics South to allow a more personalised service.  The video screens and Event Horizon will advertise when these sessions will happen.
  • Please also note the changes in the ARC DP and DECRA and the requirement to have a sketch-outline of proposals before the end of this year.

This week’s pic was taken at the Applied Maths retreat down at the Kioloa Coastal Campus last week. Also see a recent article by Andrew Kingston on Ghost Tomography in Optica

Have great week,


(from Scott Base, NZ)


2019 ARC Acquittal Statement period

RSPE’s College Finance team asks that all CIs and Administrators please, liaise and respond to all queries and requests from the Finance team members during this very critical ARC Statement period. 

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Jaeger Hub Staffing Arrangements

Please see details below regarding the Jaeger Hub staffing arangements over the festive period.

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Finance Cut-offs

With Christmas holidays fast approaching please note the following 2018 cut-off dates for regular financial processing.

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Research Office Notifications

Congratulations - Discovery Projects 2019

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) – Funding Opportunity



Equity and Diversity

Many scientist mums have a hard job balancing work and family, but there is hope that more fathers will step up to caring responsibilities. In this week's Nature career feature, five scientist dads share their very honest reflections on juggling research and family life. (image:coulterconstruction)

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CoS Xmas Party 5 Dec @ 3pm on the lawns of University Ave, near bldg.#42




Director's Office
Tim Senden will be away on field work during the summer. The acting Director will be as follows:

30 Nov – 18 Jan : Ken Baldwin
21 - 25 Jan : Cedric Simenel
28 Jan - 1 Feb : Lan Fu


Departmental Seminars

3 Dec 2018
Dr Julien Lumeau
Technology of complex thin-film optical filters
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4 Dec 2018
Professor David Z. Ting
III-V semiconductor unipolar barrier infrared detectors
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5 Dec 2018
Dr Marcus Doherty
The diamond quantum science and technology group
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6 Dec 2018
Dr Sejeong Kim
Engineering light-matter interaction for quantum emitters
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WHS Alert

Be aware that across campus ants are on the move. There are a number of large red ant nests that are located on or near footpaths. These ants can bite. Bites can cause welts, redness, itching and stinging.

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Building Update

Two weeks ahead



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.


RSPE Contacts

Admin Team

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates



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