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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 100 | 17–21 December 2018


Acting Director's Message

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the 100th Event Horizon!!

Congratulations to our Honours and HDR graduands who walked across the stage at the ANU Graduation Ceremony on December 11 and 13 respectively. Indeed this was a record year for RSPE PhD graduations - 17 in total, with 12 of them graduating on the day.

Next, we should mention that Patrick Kluth will be nominating for a position on the ANU Council – the ballots for which will be held in January.  It would be good if we can have another physics representative on this important part of the ANU governance structure.

Finally, this was a big year for ARC Discovery Project success, with 14 grants awarded in the School – a 41% success rate compared to 28% for the University, and 22% nationally.

To ensure that we continue to submit high quality applications, the School and the College will be offering again this year an in-house “peer review” process running in parallel.  The School will look at your draft proposals from an expert reviewer perspective, whereas the College will provide feedback from an ARC College of Experts perspective.

Please provide your initial one-page summaries to Elena Ostrovskaya and myself this week, and we look forward to seeing your full draft proposals by the peer review deadline of January 30th.

Have great break for the festive season, and best wishes for the New Year!



Congratulations to our HDR Graduands this week

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Congratulations to our Honours Graduands

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ANU OSA-SPIE Student Chapter Outreach Team Visit to Orange High School

From 12 Dec to 13 Dec, the ANU OSA-SPIE student chapter outreach team visited Orange High School and organised presentations and hands-on experiments on the physical aspects of light, such as geometrical optics, colors, diffraction, and polarisation etc.

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End-of-Year University Close-Down Period

The Vice-Chancellor has confirmed that the University will be closed from close of business Monday, 24 December 2018 until Tuesday, 1 January 2019, and reopening on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

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Student Admin Team Notifications

The ANU Joint Colleges of Science invite Higher Degree Research student to participate in the JCOS Career Development Framework – this is an opportunity for HDR students to develop and get recognition for transferable skills, discipline-specific training, industry connections and experiences to be managed.

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Nominations are being sought for the Janet Elspeth Postgraduate Leadership Prize.

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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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HR Team Notifications

Did you know that you can assign your approval delegation whilst you are on leave to a person who can action on your behalf.  Navigation: HORUS> nav bar > Main menu > Self Service > Manage Delegation

If you require any further assistance, contact HR team on:


Finance Team Notifications

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

Note that it is mandatory to purchase stationery, office supplies and furniture from WINC. See more.

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.


Research Office Notifications

Congratulations - Discovery Projects 2019

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

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars - Funding Opportunity


Equity and Diversity

Too often, the burden of work involved in increasing diversity and inclusivity at conferences and events falls on those from under-represented groups. Read more here.




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

Sue Wigley, Director's EA, will also be away until the 11 Jan 2019.  Belinda Barbour will be acting in this role until then.


DQS HOD Leave Arrangements

DQS HOD John Close is away from 9 Dec until 10 January 2019. Acting HOD will be:

10 Dec - 1 January: Nick Robbins 

2 - 10 January: Joe Hope 


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.


Building Update

Two weeks ahead


RSPE Contacts

Admin Team

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates


Other - 17 December

Frontiers on Quantum Matter Workshop - Quantum Many-Body Approaches in Chemistry and Physics

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Other - 14 January

25th International Physics Summer School -

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