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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 19 | 13–17 May 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

A wintery weekend, with a light dusting of snow on high ranges.

Just a few notes for this week. Firstly, please refer to my email last Friday for information on the promotion process this year.  I would be pleased to discuss this with anyone intending to apply this round.

Please keep an eye out over the next for weeks for notice about password renewals.  Finally, applications for the Associate Director (Infrastructure) close tomorrow.

The above image was captured this morning at 7:45 - see the live feed.

Have a great week,



Science Outreach Day in Siding Spring

With a number of experiments and demonstrations on energy usage for reginal schools, the "Physics Box" with Felicity Lee (above) and Alistair Graham made its inaugral appearance at Siding Spring.

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Women in STEM Writing Retreat

Want to improve your scientific writing and critical thinking? Applications are now open to all early career women in STEM from any research institution who want to boost their academic skills, meet with like-minded researchers and be inspired by Australia’s scientists and academics. 

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Temporary road closures

Some temporary road closures will occur across the Acton campus in the coming weeks. There will be three planned road closures that may impact RSPE staff. These road closures are for works associated with the Acton Ridge Axis project and will result in new pedestrian crossings being constructed.

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Tailored Workshops for RSPE Students

The ANU Academic Skills unit is offering RSPE research students tailored workshops from June through to November 2019 on a variety themes useful for different stages of the MPhil or PhD program. The June 2019 workshops are open for registration now. The November workshops will soon be available for registration. Email for further details.


May - June Workshops

#ANUHDR upcoming training and workshops for HDR students

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Equity and Diversity

When it comes to diversity in science, the data paint a consistently depressing picture. Two articles, published this week in Nature Reviews Chemistry and Nature Reviews Physics, collate statistics on women in the academic chemistry and physics communities around the world, and look at how these data can guide interventions. But data alone are not going to deliver change. What matters more is to act on them.

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23 May - Collision of Science and Music

Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music
Cost: Free (drinks and canapes provided)

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30 May - The role of Social Licence to Operate

What role does Social Licence to Operate (SLO) have to play in facilitating the acceptance and adoption of renewables and other technologies necessary to the energy transition?

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May Seminars

16 May
Dr Michael Barson
Quantum microscopy using single defects in diamond
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Department Meetings

Thursday 16 May @ 10:00 RSPE Seminar room. See Julie Arnold for details.

Monday 13 May @ 11:00 see Petra for details.


2019 Market Day Organising Committee

Call for volunteers

Please email Liz Micallef if you are interested in being on the 2019 organising committee. Physics Market Day will be held on Tuesday 13th August so the committee needs members NOW.


PEC Planning day

Save the Date - 12 September 2019

Call for volunteer coordinator and agenda items Please email 


Welcome to the first FRT scholars

The ‘Future Research Talent’ (FRT) travel awards are jointly offered by ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine to students from India.

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Mick Craft is away 1-20 May. Please see Keerthi Bettadapura or email


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


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.


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

CoS Academic Performance Standards



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