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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 9 | 2–6 March 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to autumn! 

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “An equal world is an enabled world”.  It’s a positive message for everyone and you are invited to join the School for morning tea on Friday to celebrate IWD happening on Sunday (see details below).

Over the next few months your Head of Department will be revising their 3-6-9.  They will be speaking with you about your contribution to the Department vision and it is a great chance to build this into your PDR.  Please start the discussion with your Head as soon as possible as it will help frame their next 3-6-9.

The new-look School Forum run by Prof Jodie Bradby (Academic Board rep) will be held tomorrow at 10. 

This week’s pic comes from 10,000m above Uluru, the sacred site of the local Pitjantjatjara people and more broadly for the Anangu peoples of the Western Desert. I was fortunate to catch this wonderful sight in late afternoon light on my way home from India.  During the year members of the School travel widely around the world.  Sue and I always welcome interesting photos from your travels for the Event Horizon.

Have a great week,



Congratulations to Prof. Yuri Kivshar and his collaborators on publishing their work in Science. This work continues Yuri’s research on bound states in the continuum (BICs), and demonstrates a vortex BIC microlaser switch with switching time as low as 1.5 ps and energy consumption orders of magnitude lower than those reported previously.

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International Women’s Day

Please join us for morning tea on Friday 6th March @10:30 in the Oliphant tea room to celebrate International Women's Day. There will be a ribbon cutting at the "Women in Physics ANU" display board.

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let's all be #EachforEqual.      image:@artby_misspolly

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Call for new members - Physics E&D Committee

We are calling for new members for the Physics Equity and Diversity Committee. 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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HDR Student Representatives

The Research School of Physics (RSPhys) seeks nominations for new Higher Degree Research (HDR) student representatives for the School as current representatives will step down from 1 April 2020. EoI closes 20 March 2020.

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8 more PhB Mentors are still needed

Thank-you to everybody who supported the PhB physics students in 2019 by supervising projects and serving on the marking panel. Your time is always appreciated. This year we need 16 mentors. Please see below for further details and contact Jodie Bradby.

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In 2017, Diversity Council Australia, Suncorp and Novartis partnered to create a national Inclusion@Work Index to track the state of inclusion in Australian workplaces over time. The second biennial survey, conducted in 2019, shows that Australian workers overwhelmingly support inclusion initiatives. It also shows that Australian organisations need to do more to combat harassment and discrimination, particularly of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers, and workers with disability. In 2019, as in 2017, these workers experienced the highest rates of workplace discrimination and harassment of any demographic group.

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Tuesday 3 March 2020
10:00 -11:30
Oliphant Tea Room


6 March
Dr Cibby Pulikkaseril
ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)Industry Seminar along with Nonlinear Physics Centre and Electronic Materials Engineering present: Introductory to automotive LiD
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Training courses for supervisors and managers

This weeks Courses:
Cultural Capability
Performance Coaching|
Building Resilience for High Performing Teams
Managing Staff Grievances

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Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund

25 March deadline

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Funding/Fellowship Opportunities

Applications are being called for the Award for Space Plasma, Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020.

PM’s Prizes for Science 
Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. 

EDGE Research Fellowship - Ireland
EDGE Fellowships are for experienced researchers of any nationality, seeking a prestigious career developing position in one of ten of Ireland’s third-level institutes.

Disruptioneering programme – quest for undiscovered energy storage and thrust - US Department of Defense This supports innovative basic or applied research that explores physical systems or mathematical and computational systems through the lens of fundamental limits and new foundations.

ANU Notification of Intent to Apply
Refer to College Guidelines on Applying for Funding for the approvals process. Contact College Research Office four weeks prior to deadline (or ASAP thereafter) if you intend to apply.


Physics South 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


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