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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 17 | 3–7 May 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you’re enjoying the brilliant autumn colours as much as I am.

The new building is starting to gather a lot of interest and next week, on Wednesday 12th at 1430, we will host about 60 members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for a tour of the building site. I am looking for about half a dozen people from the School keen to join our guests for afternoon tea and the tour. The invitation is open to staff and students. If you’re interested in joining the party please let me know by Monday 10th. Apart from this, I will be running more Friday arvo tours over the next few months.

The latest Change Schedule (v3) can be found here. We are still a little way off allocating space in the new building. Accommodating students and minimising disruption to their projects will be one of the central considerations. Another important principle will be that those who depend on the new lab spaces will be offered adjoining office space. Over the next few months we will be establishing draft principles for all space use, in the new and old buildings.

This week’s pic shows (right to left), DECRA Fellow from the Photomedia group at the School of Art & Design, Dr Elisa de Courcy, Mr Craig Tuffin (freelance photographer) and Associate Professor Martyn Jolly (SoA&D) inspecting a recently exposed daguerreotype (image credit: Amr Tawfik). As part of her DECRA project, Elisa is keen to explore this ancient photographic process and managed to find one of the few labs on campus able to work safely with mercury in RSPhys. The team had a very successful week and I will let you know when the exhibition opens. My sincere thanks to Professor Adrian Sheppard and Dr Mick Turner from Applied Maths for making their laboratory available for the whole week. Also, my gratitude to Lee Philip and Craig Young for helping our Art colleagues to establish this temporary dark room.

The Dean, Professor Kiaran Kirk, will hold a College-wide webinar on Wednesday at 1215. Kiaran has asked that you register for the event by following the link in his email last Thursday (around 2:30pm), or listed below.

Have a great week,


College of Science Forum

There will be an online College of Science forum at 12.15 pm Wednesday May 5, held with the aim of addressing a range of recurring questions that have relevance across the College as a whole. 

Those joining the online College of Science forum are asked to register here.

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Metasurfaces for Quantum TechnologiesĀ 

Nonlinear Physics Center announces the publication of a perspective article in Nature Photonics on the recently emerged field of quantum metasurfaces, pioneered by the Centre’s researchers two years ago. Recent developments in metasurfaces started making headway in quantum photonics, where novel opportunities arose for the control of non-classical nature of light, including photon statistics, quantum state superposition, quantum entanglement, and single-photon detection. 

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ACEMS Public Lecture by Dr Eugenia Cheng

Wednesday, 5 May, 12pm-1pm AEST

ACEMS public lecture by Dr Eugenia Cheng, on "Inclusion-Exclusion in the mathematical sciences: who is kept out, and how we can use maths to bring them in".

For more information, and to register, please 'read more'.

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Army Quantum Technology Roadmap

The Army Quantum Technology Roadmap was launched on 20th April. The roadmap has now been published on the Army Website. Army has also released the video of the launch event. It includes poignant key presentations from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, and the Chief Defence Scientist, Prof Tanya Monro on the national and defence strategic importance of quantum technologies. As well as the presentation of the Roadmap by the Head of Land Capability, Major General Simon Stuart, and pitches from the remarkable teams competing in the inaugural Army Quantum Technology Challenge.


European Funding Information SessionĀ 

An Information Session on European Research and Funding Opportunities will be held on Friday 7 May from 9.30am – 11am. Please register here (in-person places are limited; a live streaming link will be available).

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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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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:




Departmental seminars

Professor Zetian Mi - 7 May
Ultraviolet Optoelectronics for a Better Living
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Ms Huyen Pham - 11 May
Structural and chemical characterisation of multi-cation mixed-halide perovskite
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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


Registration and Abstract submission is now open for the 14th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi14).

If you have any questions please email


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


From Previous Weeks...

Australian Academy of Science Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award

ANU Oral Exam Forum

Workshops tailored to the Physics Student

Indirect Costs of Research - Academic Drop-In Sessions


Physics @ ANU



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