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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 23 | 8–12 June 2020




Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I trust you all enjoyed another long weekend. 

This week’s pic comes from the Physics of Fluids group in Centre for Plasmas and Fluids, and shows Drs. Hua Xia (left) and Sunny Hong busy in their laboratory after their recent publication in Science Advances article, “Surface waves control bacterial attachment and formation of biofilms in thin layers”. In the words of Professor Michael Shats, “this paper marks a successful start of the new research area in the School related to the physics of biomaterials.”  My congratulations to the entire team and it is great to see people getting back into the lab. If your group has fresh photos from the lab please send them through to Sue.  It is very pleasing to hear these stories of groups settling back into campus life.

Last Friday the DVC(RI), Professor Keith Nugent, announced the 2020 academic promotion round open.  Check his email for details and I can highly recommend reviewing the College of Science Academic Performance Standard Guidelines. Please discuss your intentions concerning promotion with your supervisor and mentors at the easiest convenient time.  It is well worth preparing your case with ample time.

Last week, I mentioned the need to have all hazards training up to date by the end of July.  This week, Heads will be receiving a list of all their staff requiring refresher training and I request that you speak with them to ensure you can meet the end of July deadline.  If you would like to check which training modules you have completed and their expiry dates please log onto, or use the reverse proxy if you are remote ( using the URL listed).

Finally, I would like to thank the Heads and Executive for their consideration of some remedial School budget measures to be released later this week, in step with broader University actions.  I know we all understand that the ongoing impact of the pandemic will cause disruption to our usual way of business.  Our measures will help build some resilience at all levels, but it is difficult to estimate at this early stage the extent of enduring impact on the tertiary sector.  More than ever, now is the time to use our resources to best effect and to think laterally.

Enjoy the short week, the last one until October.



School Seminar Series - 17 June 2020 @ 3:00pm via zoom

Mr Kirill Koshelev (NLPC)  presents:  Light trapping with unusual waves: bound states in the continuum Read more


School Forum - 17 June 2020 @ 10:30

Please note your diaries. There will be an all school forum held via ZOOM on 17 June. The zoom link will be sent out via email next week.


Vice-Chancellor's Forum - financial ideas and feedback session

23 June @ 1:00 pm - The Vice-Chancellor would like to hear ideas and feedback from staff about addressing our financial situation. This may include: salary conditions, working hours and flexibility. All staff are welcome to attend to share ideas and provide feedback.

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Funding Opportunities

ARENA ACAP Infrastructure Funding (Round 2), MEC Grants, Westpac Research Fellowship 


A COVID Safe Return to Campus

As staff and students begin to return to RSPhys you are encouraged to keep social distancing, practicing good hygiene and following the new guidelines.


ANU Crawford Leadership Forum 2020   Big Picture Series

Global Public Health and COVID-19 - Wed,Jun10,9:30AM

Asia and COVID-19 - Tue,Jun16,11:30AM

The Pacific and Australia: Our Shared Future - Thu,Jun18,9:30AM

Australia, Climate Change and the Pandemic - Fri,Jun19,10:30AM

What kind of World? - Tue,Jun23,3:00PM


A message from the E&D committee: This week - Recent research from McKinsey shows the business case for inclusion and diversity is stronger than ever and reveals what drives real progress.

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COVID-19 return to work

RSPhys COVID-19 return to work protocols (PDF, 2MB)

RSPhys COVID-19 safe work procedure (DOCX, 169kB)

RSPhys COVID-19 risk assessment (DOCX, 105kB)

RSPhys Room / Lab / Workshop Risk Assessment (DOCX, 146kB)

RSPhys admin support during the University remote work and study period

Contact details for Admin staff



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