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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 29 | 26–30 July 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

As neighbouring States struggle to contain COVID-19 cases please stay maintain social distancing and use the check-in app whenever changing location outside the School. At present, our COVID-19 Campus Alert Level remains at Blue - Low Risk. Note that the ACT Government has indicated that it will initiate a Territory wide lockdown if a local case is recorded in the ACT due to the highly infectious nature of the Delta variant. If this occurs, we will escalate our Campus Alert System to Orange – High.

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of being in a large audience to hear sixteen ACT entrepreneurs present their experiences in developing their overseas markets. The Festival of Ambitious Export Ideas was hosted by the Canberra Business Chamber and part of the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Award series. The speakers covered a wide range of sectors, from exporters of consumer products, Defence and data systems, green business solutions and advanced technology. It is wonderful to see the breadth and reach of local businesses. Proudly, the only ANU speakers were all from companies associated with RSPhys (Left to right: Jayden Castillo (Quantum Brilliance), Danial Shaddock (Liquid Instruments), and Shannon Notley (Flexegraph)). And, congratulations to Shannon on his recent iAward, Australia's longest running and most comprehensive innovation recognition program (see Australian Information Industry Association).

This Thursday at 1030, COVID permitting, we will hold a School morning tea to thank all the Heads of Departments, incoming and outgoing, in recognition of this significant School transition to five new Departments. It is also a chance to congratulate our recent graduates.  Please remember to bring your own mug.

Many thanks to all those busily managing the new teaching term. For those not yet engaged please reach out to Siobhàn Ryman, our PEC administrator, for areas you can contribute to, or contact our convenors directly. With the ongoing State shutdowns, all help will be hugely appreciated.

Have a good week,


ANU by 2025 Strategic Plan

Will be launched on Monday 2 August at 11am in Manning Clark Hall. The launch will be followed by a BBQ in Kambri. You can register here.


3MT Competition Results

The College of Science and College of Health & Medicine 3MT competition was held on Tuesday 20 July with 17 HDR candidates competing – the judges found the selection extremely difficult due to the high quality talks presented. Well done to all our candidates for your hard work.

Four RSPhys students participated in the College 3MT competition – Lorcan Conlon, Alexander Kiy, Joshua Soo and Xingshuo Huang. Joshua was the winner of the RSPhys 3MT round, and Lorcan was the Runner Up and won RSPhys People’s Choice.

All four students presented excellent, very polished talks at the College 3MT round.

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Quantum Hackathon | 24–27 August

Quantum technology has the potential to supercharge a wide range of industries.

Join the four day Quantum Hackathon (24–27 August) and explore how you can unlock solutions in your field using quantum technologies.

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Opportunity for PhD and Early Career Scientists: Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS)

Applications close on 30 July 2021

The ANU has been invited to participate in the milestone 10th anniversary edition of the prestigious Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) 2022 to be held online from 18 to 21 January 2022.

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CoS & CHM IDEA Seminar: When and How Does Segregation by Gender Occur Across the Sciences?

2pm Wednesday 28 July, JCSMR seminar room.

Insights from Australian and comparative survey research on adolescents and young adults.

Please register to attend the seminar by Joanna Sikora from the School of Sociology.

There will be the chance for break out discussions afterward to reflect on the topic.

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2022-2025 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics Competition

The Executive Committee of the MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics invites faculty and senior researchers within physics, astronomy or related fields to submit nominations for the 2022-2025 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.

Nominees should be young physicists of exceptional ability at the beginning stage of their careers, who currently have or will have received a doctoral degree in physics, astronomy or related fields by September 1, 2022.

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Lasing from Anapole Metasurfaces

The team from Nonlinear Physics Center with collaborators from the University of Korea and ITMO University in Russia suggested and realized the first lasing metasurface operating in the so-called anapole regime, which originates from an overlap of the optical electric dipole and toroidal dipole modes. The team demonstrated room-temperature lasing with low threshold and high coherence, and the results are published in Nano Letters (Impact Factor=11.189).

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Introduction to Personal Consultancies at ANU

ANU Enterprise is presenting a series of information sessions beginning with one on consultancies, on Thursday 5 August, 3-4PM.

This event is for academic staff at ANU who have little or no consultancy experience and are interested in becoming a consultant.

The event is also relevant for staff who have prior experience in 52 Day Rule consultancies. The presentation will cover how, when, and where to notify ANU of your consultancy pre-existing arrangements and information on how and where ANU Enterprise can support future consultancies.

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Applications Are Now Invited for the Second 2021 Round of the Indigenous Professional Staff Grants Program (IPSGP)

Applications for the second round of the IPSGP are now open, with a closing date of Friday 13 August 2021 at 5:00pm.

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Influential Conversations - Women in STEM Online Workshop

Thursday 29 July 12pm – 2pm

You may be the best at what you do, but can you influence others to accept your ideas? What happens when you can't?
When people reject your ideas, you become dissatisfied, frustrated, ineffective and lose business. When competition is intense, everyone needs to be an exceptional communicator.

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Quantum Next Generation 2021

Army is seeking Australia’s next generation of Quantum Technologists for 
Quantum Next Generation 2021: Quantum Camouflage

The Australian Army is Calling for Proposals to Quantum Next Generation 2021 (QNG21). QNG21 is a technology challenge specifically targeting Australia’s talented postgraduate students, early career researchers and early-stage start-up entrepreneurs. QNG21 aims to embolden, network and develop this next generation whilst also solving an important Army problem.

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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


Need to Schedule a Meeting with the Director?

For ANU Outlook users
Open a new invite for, and use Scheduling Assistant to propose a mutually convenient time and send.  

For all others
Please send an email request to 

Tim will reply to any meeting requests ASAP


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

Mr Matthew Crabb - 26 July
Complex KdV theory
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School Seminar Program - 5 August

Nuclear Reactions: Spanning Fundamental Physics to Applications -

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Know your administrators...

L-R: Belinda Barbour, Sonia Padrun, Petra Rickman, Nikki Azzopardi, & Julie Arnold


Know your School team...

Sue Berkeley -
Finance Team Leader

Goran Radovanovic -
Stores Services  

Hannah Phan - Purchasing/Finance Services 

Patrick Romero - Stores/Purchasing Services


Know your student admin...

Liudmila (Luda) Mangos -
Higher Degree Research admin
C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Mon-Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Wed-Fri 8.30-4pm)


ANU Privacy Policy review - Submissions Due 27/08/21

You are invited to provide written submissions for consideration and response for the 2021 review of the Privacy Policy.

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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.

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Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for ARC schemes closing in 2021

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

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Westpac Research Fellowship

The Westpac Research Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for the very best early-career researchers to apply for one of Australia’s most prestigious Fellowships, valued at over $400,000 over 3 years. Applications are now open, and close Wednesday 25 August 2021.

Please contact the RM team if you intend to apply for this opportunity at your earliest convenience.


Domestic Postgrad Scholarship Opportunity -  the Westpac Future Leaders

Scholarship (worth up to AU$120,000 for Masters/PhD study). There are two of these scholarships allocated to ANU, and applications close 2 September 2021

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Maker in Residence

Applications for Round Two of the ANU MakerSpace’s Maker in Residence program are open until 1 August 2021. The residency offers an external maker from any discipline full MakerSpace access to realise a project. By creating this opportunity, we aim to amplify our maker culture of skill sharing, inclusivity, and diversity for the benefit of the existing MakerSpace members. Anyone who is not a current ANU student or staff member can apply, so pass info on to your maker friends and family. 

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

If you have any questions please email


From Previous Weeks...

National Graduate Innovation Forum (NGIF)

As You See It! Photography Competition – submissions now open!

Physics Higher Degree Supervisor Training Workshop Announcement

AINSE Opportunities


Physics @ ANU



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