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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 5 | 4–8 February 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is truly fantastic to be back and I’m looking forward to catching up.

My thanks go to the Professors Lan Fu, Cédric Simenel and Ken Baldwin for looking after the School so well over the past 2 months.

The School review is in the final stages of acceptance by the University Executive and is due for public release in March, to coincide with the first School Forum for 2019. As mentioned at the last Forum I believe the Review Committee has returned a very constructive report with something for everyone.

Best of luck with the final stages of ARC submission and preparations for the new teaching term.

This week’s picie is one of my last images from Antarctica, a young Emperor penguin proudly standing proudly in front of Mount Erebus.




BIT Education Workshop

Last week saw the conclusion of a two-week intensive laboratory-based physics education workshop led by Geoff Campbell.  The School hosted 25 Beijing Institute of Technology undergraduate students and two accompanying academics.  

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RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Call for new members: As a few members of the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee have recently stepped down or moved on from the school, we are asking for anyone who might be interested in contributing to the school's ongoing work in the area of equity and diversity to contact us.

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Congratulations to Xi-Wen Guan, a member of Department Theoretical Physics received “2017-2018 Breakthrough Research Award” from Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Science.

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7th ANZAMP 2019 Annual Meeting - 5 February

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HDR Supervision Workshop

Workshops directed at those new to supervision will be offered quarterly as a module within the Centre for Higher Education, Learning & Teaching (CHELT) “Teaching and Learning at ANU: Foundations” course. The first workshop is 15 February (register here).


Professional Staff Development Support

The first rounds of the 2019 Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme (PSSS) and the Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF) open Monday 25th February.


Staff Training and Development

The University supports a culture of continuous learning and development for all staff to grow individual, team and organisational capability and performance to achieve excellence. ANU provides a comprehensive range of training and career development opportunities to assist staff to build their capability and perform at their best.

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Recruitment and Selection Training

Staff within the ANU who supervise an individual or team (or who may do so in the future), are required to have undertaken Recruitment & Selection of Staff Training (RMHR02) to be able to act as Chair on a Selection Committee.

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ECI Open Day - 12 Feb

The Energy Change Institute Open Day showcases the latest energy research from ANU and provides a platform for exchanging ideas for ANU researchers, industry, government agencies and other energy stakeholders.

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100% Renewables Public Lecture

ANU with support from ARENA is organising a 3-day workshop on 100% renewable electricity future from 13-15 Feb (head: Andrew Blakers). Day 2, Thursday 14 Feb, 5:30pm – 7:15pm, there will be a public lecture about Australia’s renewables revolution.

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Thesis Boot Camp

EOI for the 2019 Thesis Boot Camp is now open and closes on 15 February. RST will only be hosting two Boot Camps this year the next opportunity will be 8-10 November.

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Departmental Seminars

5 Feb - Prof Yoshio Bando
Recent Progress on Low-dimensional Boron Nitride Nanomaterials
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5 Feb - Mr Muhammad Hassan Iqbal
Mid-Term Review
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7 Feb - Prof Dmitry Fursa
Electron-impact excitation of molecular hydrogen: dissociation and vibrationally resolved cross sections
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Further deatils about School Seminars can be found on the RSPE Intranet and on the School News and Events Page.


Uyen Nguyen is acting Senior School Administrator 1-28 Feb 2019. Lucia Lu is covering during this period as Finance team leader.

Andrew Stuchbery will be travelling 26 Jan - 8 Feb 2019 Nanda Dasgupta will be acting HoD.


RO Drop in Sessions

Drop in sessions will be held in the Oliphant Fishbowl : Monday 4 Feb, 1-4pm and Thursday 7 Feb, 9-11am. College Research Staff are also available for appointments anytime, please contact your local representative.


RSPE Social Club Event

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Kambri Concert - Monday 11 February, 12-2pm: Join us to celebrate the opening of Canberra's newest precinct and meeting place, Kambri, at ANU. 

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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

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates



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