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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 16 | 26–30 April 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a pleasant long weekend. To set this week off with a bang, our 1st Foundations of Physics students can be seen above exploring the conservation of momentum through the famous water bottle rocket lab. Dr AJ Mitchell (NP) masterfully demonstrates a brand new launcher, designed and built by Tom Cave from the Physics workshop. Conducted not far from Dean’s office, the cheers and laughter invited Prof Kiaran Kirk to join the student launch site. (Image: Dr John Debs, PEC/DQS/MakerSpace)

Late last Friday, I emailed the School advising that Heads have been requested to lodge suggested new Departments names with me by Friday this week. Please refer to that email for details about this process, next steps and Department membership.

Have a great week,


Indirect Costs of Research - Academic Drop-In Sessions

As announced by the DVCRI on 1 April 2021 in the Research and Innovation News, from 3 May 2021, a new Indirect Costs of Research and Consultancies policy and procedure will apply to all new grants, contract research and consultancies entered into after that date. You can find information relating to the new policy on the recently launched ANU Funding Portal which provides guidance and resources for every stage of the research project life cycle.

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Set4ANU Mentoring

Set4ANU Mentoring is now recruiting Mentors for Set4ANU Semester 2 2021! Join a welcoming community, build your leadership skills and make a real difference to a new student next semester. Applications close Monday 30 April– apply here:

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Australia-US International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) 2021

AUSMURI operates in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). It encourages partnerships between Australian and US-based institutions. If an Australian university is part of a successful submission to the US MURI for a research project on the designated topic, it can then apply for AUSMURI funding for that project. The AUSMURI program will provide 100% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years. Projects may be extended for a further 2 years, subject to approval, with additional funding of AUD$1 million per year.

The designated topic for AUSMURI Round 5 is: Bio-architected Responsive Materials with 3D Nanoscale Order (Topic 9)

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Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program

The Australian Science Policy Fellowship program is continuing, after its successful three year pilot program. The program gives early- and mid-career scientists the opportunity to work in a Commonwealth Government department for 12 months.

The program hopes to attract diverse, highly-skilled and enthusiastic scientists into the Australian Public Service.

Applications will be open from April 7 to April 26.

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Upcoming Researcher Development Events

ANU Researcher Development coordinates and facilitates workshops, events, and competitions to develop your skills even further. 

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National Library of Australia 2022 Fellowships

Apply for a National Library Fellowship
The National Library has diverse collections that support, inspire and transform research. Fellowships enable scholars, writers and researchers to conduct intensive research into our collections in a supportive, intellectual and creative environment.

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Oliphant Tea Room

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

Please remember to bring your own cup & spoon.

*coffee grounds for garden use are available


HDR Student Office

Luda Mangos will be on leave between 26 April and 7 May.

The HDR Student Office in the Cockroft building will be unattended on Mondays and Tuesdays for these two weeks.

HDR enquiries can be directed to Siobhan Ryman on ext 52747 or by email on

Siobhan will be in the HDR Student Admin office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Building and Room Security Access

Please note that the school now has a general access restriction of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.  

If you need to complete a new after-hours risk assessment, please see the new top section here:




School Seminar Program - 28 April

Plasmas: from Solar to Cellular - Professor Christine Charles

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Departmental seminars

Ms Shao Qi Lim - 29 April
Hyperdoping Si with transition metal impurities for Si-based infrared light detection
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Mr Zimin Li - 30 April
Asymmetric quantum rabi models for light-matter interaction
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Know your administrator...

Julie Arnold - EME & NLPC

Petra Rickman - NP/HIAF & ARC CDM

Belinda Barbour - DQS

Nikki Azzopardi - AM, CPF, LPC & TP


Free Flu Vaccinations

The University is committed to supporting our staff to maintain their health and wellbeing during the upcoming influenza season and for this reason is ensuring that FREE flu vaccinations for staff are available again this year.

The University has two options for receiving the flu vaccination – either on campus at the National Health Co-Op or off-campus by accessing a voucher code to be used at a Terry White Chemist in Canberra.

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Check In CBR App

All RSPhys meeting rooms and teaching spaces now have a QR Code located at their entrance. It is encouraged that everyone at RSPhys use the Check In CBR app when using these rooms, as this will enable the 1 person per 2m2 rule, and follow ACT Health guidelines for improved contact tracing.

It is mandatory for all RSPhys visitors to use the Check In CBR App to 'check in'. An additional check in point is located at RSPhys reception. If you require a QR code for your area, please contact

1.5m physical distance must still be followed in all scenarios


Boosting Female Founders Initiative – Round 2 now open

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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.


From Previous Weeks...

Australian Academy of Science Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award

14th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi14)

ANU Oral Exam Forum

Workshops tailored to the Physics Student


Physics @ ANU



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