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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 10 | 9–13 March 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a chance to enjoy some of the activities around Canberra this weekend, including International Women’s Day on Sunday.  This week’s pic shows the unveiling of the Women’s Wall just outside my office.  The Wall showcases some of the most significant research in our School over the past year. My thanks go to Professor Jodie Bradby for this inspired idea and for curating the first showcase.

This is the final week for those who would like to join one of the four Working Parties arising from the School Review.  Please contact the respective Associate Director directly if you would like to contribute. Places are limited, and if you are not selected then there will be plenty of chances to join in the consultations.

Please note the request below in support of proposed changes at Massey University.  Calls for community support can be very effective, as we saw recently with the wide support that Gerd Schröder-Turk received from academics around the world. 

For all the big kids like me, we’re getting a second crane on site next weekend (yay!)  Please note the need to vacate the buildings around the building site over the next weekend (see note right).

As you can see below meriSTEM is growing and welcomes your involvement.  This is a National education phenomenon and is largely fuelled by volunteers.

Enjoy the short week, best regards,



meriSTEM Volunteer Hour

After the success of meriSTEM’s volunteering events in 2019, we are back with another opportunity to invest your time for accessible learning. We have updated physics videos to create transcripts for, along with our first batch of chemistry and biology videos.

When: Wednesday 18 March, 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Where: ANU Physics Studio, Ground Floor, Building 38a.

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There are a number of opportunities to participate in the School community open to staff and students. 

Associate Director - HDR

Call for new members - Physics Equity and Diversity Committee

Higher Degree Research (HDR) student representatives


The College of Science is conducting a review of research management and support services.  This is part of a larger ANU Thematic Review of Research Services with the goals of optimising service for researchers related to grant funds.  The ANU aims to increase the quantity of research income, and diversity of sources of this income, relative to the quantity and sources available. The College of Science Research Committee has prepared a survey that focuses on the Review and also has some more general questions. Your participation in the survey is important - it will help to shape the RSPhys and CoS response to the Review!

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Breakthrough Prize Nominations

We would like to invite you to participate in the nomination process for the 2021 Breakthrough Prizes. The Breakthrough Prize honors transformative recent advancements in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics, broadly defined.

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Massey University: Save Our Sciences

Scientists from Massey University (NZ) are requesting support from individuals to keep their BSc and MSc degrees alive, including their Physics Major. For further details see below and the online petition is here.

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Flexibility at workplace helps to balance work and other life responsibilities. It goes beyond working part-time, changing your start or finish time or accessing leave to support outside commitments. It is about where you work, when you work, and how you work. Here at ANU we are fostering and developing the environment in which we can simultaneously excel at our roles while fully participating in our broader lives. Everyone - regardless of gender - is encouraged to speak with their supervisor about ways they may want to work more flexibly.

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AINSE Winter School

AINSE Winter School
6-10 July 2020
Lucas Heights, Sydney

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE Ltd.) offers scholarships to its Member Universities to enable a nominated student to attend the Winter School on applications of nuclear techniques.

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United Uranium scholarship - Close 13 March

The United Uranium scholarship recognises outstanding ability and promise in the field of nuclear science and technology, specifically as it applies to nuclear energy.

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Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy

The SAAFE Program supports early career researchers at PhD and Postdoctoral level to expand research and innovation activities within Human Health, the Environment and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation.

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Departmental Seminars

10 March
Dr Jihua Zhang
Multipole plasmonic metasurfaces & functional thin-film optical coatings
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11 March
Mr Samuel Cousens
Atomic Hydrogen Dynamics and Neutral Depletion in the MAGPIE Helicon Device
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Department Meetings

TP will have its Department meeting on Wed 11/3 at 10am in the Conference room.


Ethics Drop-in Session

Wed 11 March
Bldg #48, Conference Room

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Public Lecture

12 March
Publishing in Nature Climate Change & Nature Energy - Jenn Richler, Senior Editor

Further Details

6 April
Variable Generation, Flexible Demand: The California experience - Dr Fereidoon Sioshansi, President of Menlo Energy Economics.

Further Details


Admin Staff Away

Kath Hicks is on leave from 10-13 March. Please continue to use for all enquiries or see Julie Arnold in room O430.

Petra Rickman 10-23 March. Please send all inquiries to


School Closure

On the weekend of 14/15 March 2020 a second tower crane is being erected at the Western end of the building site.  While this work is underway there will be road and building closures for both access and safety. 

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Funding/Fellowship Opportunities

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

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.

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.


Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund

The CCDAF is for individual academic and professional staff with caring responsibilities who require support to participate in significant national or international conferences, workshops or symposia that contribute to their careers. 25 March deadline

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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.



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