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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 32 | 10–14 August 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a cosy weekend.

It is my pleasure to draw your attention to the new TMOS website, (ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems).  This week’s pic is taken from the website and illustrates the three research pillars of the Centre.

It seems the documentary I recommended watching is no longer available on ABC’s iView and so, disappointed, I will postpone today’s discussion on “In My Blood It Runs”.  I'll investigate alternative screenings or documentaries, and am always open to suggestions.


It is very likely we are all close to someone from our School community taking up the offer of a voluntary separation.  These are difficult and personal decisions, often made in a short timeframe.  It is indeed regrettable that we have limited opportunity at present to properly farewell our colleagues.  All year I have been promising to pay our usual respects to people departing long held and significant roles.  Until we can get together again, and we will, please just find an opportunity to farewell your colleagues in your own way.  I will ensure that we create a future event for the School to thank those departing.

One of our nearest neighbours, the Research School of Population Health (RSPH) has been very active in providing expert advice to Government throughout the pandemic.  Dr Jo Lane (RSPH) has recorded a YouTube presentation on managing mental health wellbeing during this period and her clip extends the mental health resources found on the ANU COVID website.

Lastly, I can highly recommend Ben Gill’s Pathfinder event on the 13th, see below, irrespective of how far along you are in your academic career.

Have a good week,



Opportunities from the Research Office

  • ARC Laureate Fellowship – Letter of Support WorkshopUS Funding Zoom Workshop, focus on Department of Defence
  • Fellowship Opportunity - Visiting Fellowships 2021-2022: All Souls College, University of Oxford
  • Fellowship Opportunity – Prospect Fellowship
  • Junior Fellowship Opportunity - Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Funding Opportunity - AI FOR EARTH INNOVATION - Artificial intelligence tools for a more sustainable planet

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Extracts from the DVC(R)’s email

  • RSD Seminar Series
  • Engagement & Impact:
  • Innovation & Commercialisation Opportunities:
  • Zero CO2 Hackathon

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HDR student admin team update

  • Communications regarding the HDR Examination process
  • HDR Oral Examinations Pilot Webinar - 11 August 2020
  • Reminder - Call for participation: John Carver Seminar Series 2020

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Global Young Scientists Summit 

The ANU has been invited to participate in the the prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore, January 2021. The GYSS is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past. Participants must not have attended previous editions of the GYSS.

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Schmidt Science Fellows

The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries. Nominations close 2 September 2020.

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When on campus, you have responsibilities to others, you must: 

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after touching communal surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth  
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or cough into your elbow 
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from other people  
  • Follow the instructions of ANU staff regarding COVID-Safe guidelines 

You can read more on our sensible precautions webpage or by reading the University Guidelines




School Seminar

12 August @ 11:00 am
Dr Remi Bernard (TP)
Microscopic description of nuclear fission
See School email for zoom password

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Congratulations Shaun Lung

Congratulations to Shaun Lung, a PhD student at the Nonlinear Physics Centre and ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS), who won the OSA & ANZOS Best Student Paper Prize for his work on "Arbitrary Transformation of Two-Photon Polarization-Entangled States with Metasurfaces," presented at the CLEO Pacific Rim 2020 Conference


Academic Board: call for community topics

The next meeting of the Academic Board will be held on Tuesday 25th August 2020. Ahead of that meeting, the Academic Board is continuing to trial a process for submission of items directly from the ANU community.

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Designing Your Life Virtual Workshop

Join us for the next Pathfinder event on August 13, for an interactive virtual workshop based on the book Designing your life, guided by ANU alumnus, Benjamin Gill (BSc 2016).

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