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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 25 | 24–28 June 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Niho from somewhere between Weihai and Beijing. I have just had the immense pleasure to join the first open days at the Jinan and Weihai campuses for families considering the Joint College of Science program between Shandong University and ANU.  This opportunity will see top Chinese students complete their undergraduate program before coming to Canberra to undertake our BSc and MSc degrees over two years.  Together with our colleagues in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics we will have three years from September this year to work with Shandong staff and their students before they come to us.  It is an exciting program and offers all RSPE staff opportunities to teach in China and Australia.  As you can see from the photo of Professor Hope above, it won’t all be work. If you are keen to know how you can engage with this exciting program please join us in the Oliphant Seminar room on Friday (28th) at 2pm.   At this meeting we will also be discussing the PEC Planning Day, and anything else education-related you’d like to bring up.  See you there.

I am very grateful to Professor Fu for acting Director over this past week.

Have a great week,



Gender-equality initiatives are laudable, but their drawbacks and insufficiencies should not be ignored. Charikleia Tzanakou from the Instutute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick (UK) argues that the only way not to suffer from unintended consequences is to be mindful of them.

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Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) international research student competition is on again for 2019. Registration deadline 12 July 2019.  See below for details.

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meriSTEM Volunteering Hour 26 June 2019

Women in Computational Topology 1 July 2019

Registrations for NECTAR Forum 2019 are now open 2 July 2019

Fulbright Scholarships Program 15 July 2019

INFN - program UE Marie-Curie  16 July 2019

2019 ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme 23 August 2019 


Endeavour Leadership Program Discontinued

The relevant Australian Government website states that although there will be no further rounds of the Endeavour Leadership Program, continued support will be provided to current Endeavour program cohorts (2014-19) until those scholars have finished their programs.

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Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC)

The Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop for early career female or gender diverse researchers in mathematics, physics , or chemistry will run 18 – 22 November 2019, at University House, ANU Canberra.

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Keep Informed

ANU Events

ANU Reporter

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin




June Seminars

25 June
A/Prof Raquel Giulian
Semiconductor nanofoams made by ion irradiation
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27 June
Prof Yanbei Chen
Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Progress and Prospects
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Tim Senden will be in China 18-24 June 2019, Lan Fu will be acting Director. Tim will maintain all delegations during this period.

Joe Hope will be in China 18-24 June 2019, Cormac Corr will be acting ADE.

Cedric Simenel will be away 3-25 June. Acting HoD during this period is Murray Batchelor 3-10 June and Vanessa Robins 11-25 June.


WHS Message

There has been an increase in incidents involving electrical equipment within the school. As such, we’d like to remind everyone to be aware of the safety requirements when using electrical items.

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Department Meetings

There are no departmental meetings scheduled this week.


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.



JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

CoS Academic Performance Standards

CV Guidelines


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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