The Australian National University

Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 4 | 1–5 February 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  Starting the week with a laugh, Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish, shares a joke with Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor (photographer).  A nice portrait of Jagadish and his collaborative work in Physics was shown on SBS News a few weeks ago.

Dr Vincent Daria has just field-tested his new Level 2 laser safety course.  Vincent customised it specifically for the type of laser activities found in our labs and has been reviewed by ARPANSA. The course will become a compulsory part of laser training in the School. My thanks to Vincent for putting this excellent course together. Details of the course will be posted on the Physics WHS page shortly.  

Later today the schedule for the Change Implementation Plan will go up on the intranet. It will be periodically updated with changes noted in the Event Horizon. Please feel free to send me or James comments and suggestions at it evolves.

I would like to thank Professor Patrick Kluth for Acting last week.

Sue Wigley (below) sends her best regards from a winter wonderland in Birmingham, and is now a very proud Grandmother.




Grand Graduation celebration – Monday 8 February

State of the University – Wednesday 10 February

Commencement Address – Monday 15 February

All questions can be directed to

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Equity and Diversity in RSPhys

The Equity and Diversity Committee will meet for the first time in 2021 on the 9th February. If you are interested in contributing to the committee’s work to improve the engagement and environment of underrepresented groups within our School, then please contact James Sullivan ( Contributions from any and all staff and students are encouraged.




Oliphant Tea Room

The Oliphant tea room is open with tea bags & black coffee only.

Please remember to bring your own cup & spoon.


When in the tea room please remember to:
- Clean up after yourself
- Leave the coffee machine clean after use
- Keep following COVID19 precautions such as using hand sanitiser, social distancing, & covering coughs and sneezes


2021 Wall Planners

There will be no wall planners (calendars) for 2021, due to the current financial constraints the University is operating under.


Know your administrator...

Julie Arnold - EME & NLPC

Petra Rickman - NP/HIAF & ARC CDM

Belinda Barbour - DQS

Nikki Azzopardi - AM, CPF, LPC & TP


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.


Volume Imaging Symposium

16th – 19th of February 2021
FULLY ONLINE – 4 half-days

VIS 2021 encompasses all forms of imaging and analyses involving the generation of 3D volumetric data in all branches of science. This includes, but is not limited to, LIGHT, ELECTRON and X-RAY imaging modalities and the associated visualisation and analysis approaches common to these techniques.

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