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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 51 | 21–25 December 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Last week we farewelled some long-time friends and colleagues in a truly lovely event.  My thanks again to the creative talent that made the moment so special. A copy of the proceedings can be found here, and a selection of the photos are below.

I wanted to personally thank everyone for their perseverance and collegiality this year.  I greatly look forward to working with you next year.

My hope is for you all to have a restful break over January. 

Very best regards,




Purchasing & Expenditure for 2021

Please see updated advice on expenditure.

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Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for NHMRC schemes opening in 2021 (Q1)

The College of Science Research Office (CRO) is now inviting notices of intent (NoI) to submit applications for the following schemes opening in 2021:

  • NHMRC Investigator Grants 2021 
  • NHMRC Synergy Grants 2021 
  • NHMRC Ideas Grants 2021
  • NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships

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Fox International Fellowship

A reminder that applications are currently open (until 6 January 2021) for the prestigious Fox International Fellowship.

Please visit our Fox International Fellowship webpage for more information including the selection criteria.

Completed applications must be submitted via email to

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Congratulations to Professor Cédric Simenel

For his appointment as Deputy Director by The Executive Committee of the ARC CoE for Dark Matter Particle Physics.


Professor Yuri Kivshar (NLPC) presented an invited webinar for the Optical Society of America (OSA)
entitled “Metaphotonics and metasurfaces empowered by Mie resonances” .

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University Shut Down

The University shutdown period is 24th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021 (inclusive).


Oliphant Tea Room

The Oliphant tea room will NOT be offering the usual tea/coffee service from COB on Friday 18 December and will resume normal operations on Monday 11 January.

Please remember to bring your own cup & spoon in the new year.



Ben Buchler will be acting ADE from 21/12/20 to 04/01/21, in Joe Hope's absence.




Departmental Seminars

Ms Janet Zhong - 22 December
NLPC Department Seminar - Topological and Localised States in Waveguide QED
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Empty your bins...

To ensure we have no insect (or possum) issues over the Christmas break, can everyone please ensure that the garbage bin in your office space is empty before you head off.

Our cleaning staff are not required to service these bins, so please ensure you empty them into the garbage containers located in corridors.


2021 Wall Planners

Due to the current financial constraints the University is operating under, there will be no wall planners for 2021.


EOY Finance Processing Cut-offs

Purchase request (to purchasing team): Monday 21 Dec, 5pm
Purchase card: Clear and approved by 24 Dec, 5pm

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From Last Week

2021 AINSE Honours Scholarships: applications now open

EOY Finance Cut-off Dates


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