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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 47 | 25–29 November 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope the weekend was relaxing.  The first big news for the week is the announcement of the SPIE Mozi Award, which recognizes outstanding discoveries, inventions, or scientific and technical achievements in the field of optics.  Our Distinguished Professor Yuri Kivshar has been honoured with the Mozi for 2020 for his huge contributions to the field.

The second big news is that we host Australia’s only two resident High Cited Researchers in Physics (  I am delighted to say that Yuri has been awarded this honour for the third year running.  It is my pleasure to congratulate Professor Nail Akhmediev (TP) who has just been awarded this honour.  These accolades significantly contribute to our world ranking and I am very pleased for Nail and Yuri. The wonderful photo below shows the genesis of their careers at the ANU and was taken from a 1994 ANU Reporter article (photo credit: Peter Cotton) when they were in the Optical Sciences Centre.

Finally, the inaugural Shandong teaching team have been in China for the past week enjoying an orientation trip ahead of commencing Freestyle Physics for the first cohort in Weihai.  My thanks go to Paul Francis, Habiba Hussein, Mahyar Bokaeeyan, Huma Latif, Campbell Strachan, Layla Steed, Joe Hope and Jong Chow who constitute the Physics team, who will kick of the first ANU course taught at Shandong.  Representatives of the four Schools contributing to the joint college and the Dean, Professor Kiaran Kirk, will open the program with our Shandong University colleagues this weekend.  The image below shows the Freestyle team visiting the Great Wall last week (photo credit: Jong Chow).

Have a great week,





HDR Supervisor Development Workshop

HASS Good Practice Panel – 26 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Simone Dennis, Ann Evans and Fiona Jenkins will form the panel; registration here.


The Athena SWAN charter has rapidly become one of the most prominent gender-equality initiatives worldwide. However, women can be penalised by the programs designed to help them. A 2014 analysis found that women make up more than 70% of Athena SWAN champions, a labour-intensive role that takes time away from their research. Another unintended consequence of such programs is that achieving gender equality becomes a box-ticking exercise, divorced from the broader goals of improving the working environment for all.

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2020 Major Equipment (MEC) Grants Scheme

The next Major Equipment (MEC) Grants round will open on Monday 1 June 2020 and close Monday 27 July 2020. It is anticipated that interviews will commence in mid-August.

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US Funding Research Policy Workshop

The ANU Research Funding and Development Office are inviting ANU researchers and professional staff to attend training on US Funding Research Policy for a session on the 11 of December 2019.

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Monday 2 December
Physics South tea room


November Seminars

25-27 November
Frontiers in Quantum Matter Workshop: Electric Dipole Moments
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25 November
Dr Anastasia Borschevsky
Theoretical investigations of atomic properties of the heaviest elements
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27 November
Dr Joris van Heijningen
Particle physics keeps old bridgeps, tunnels and buildings from collapsing!
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Distinguished Lecture

Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3–4pm
Professor Konstantinos Giapis
California Institute of Technology
Oxygen from CO2: The Exotic Reactivity of Molecular ions
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Gaye Carney will be away 22/11 - 4/12. Please contact with any enquiries.

Andrew Truscott will be away 22/11-6/12. Andrei Rode will be acting HoD during this period.

Joe Hope is away 18/11 - 15/12. Ben Buchler will be acting Associate Director (Education) during this period.


SALTO Security Cards
Do you have a spare security card in your drawer or even a stash of them? Please return to Reception asap.


WHS staffing update
Craig Young is now acting as WHS Manager for RSPhys following the departure of Mick Craft earlier in the year. For any WHS enquiries please contact

Alex Shanahan has taken on the role of RSPhys Workshop Manager and for all workshop enquiries please


Monday 9 December 2019, 5:00-7:00pm, China in the World
Join some of Australia’s foremost creative thinkers and entrepreneurs as they explore the power of repurposing ideas for radical innovation.

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