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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 31 | 9–13 August 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great delight to inform you that Emeritus Professor Rodney Baxter, FRS, FAA has been awarded the 2021 Henri Poincare Prize at the 2021 International Congress of Mathematical Physics (ICMP) in Geneva, Switzerland last week. This is a major international prize, recognising outstanding contributions in mathematical physics and is awarded every three years at the International Mathematical Physics Congress. The citation reads: "For ground breaking contributions to the study of exactly solvable models in statistical mechanics, which have led to, and continue to inspire, profound developments across a broad spectrum of mathematics and physics." I am very pleased that the laudatio at the opening ceremony was presented by Professor Vladimir Bazhanov (FTP). With thanks to Vladimir further details can be found here. Our congratulations to Rodney!

My congratulations to Professor Lan Fu on being honoured as one of IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers for 2021/22. This award will see Lan invited to the many IEEE chapters around the world. Well done, Lan.

Julie Tournet (EME) and Siva Karuturi (EME) are celebrating after acceptance of their review article, “Noble-Metal-Free Multicomponent Nanointegration for Sustainable Energy Conversion” in Chemical Reviews, a journal with a whopping impact factor of 60.6. My congratulations to all the co-authors on their success.

Lastly, but far from least, I share with you an image of our School Electrician, Pat Lang, seen above standing within a maze of beamline and scaffolding in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility. A few weeks ago I posted an image of the immense electrical upgrade going on around the accelerator buildings. Pat has been the design lead throughout this project, which will modernise 50 year old cabling and build in capacity for future growth. My thanks to Pat and all the Nuclear Physics technical staff assisting with this complex and mammoth task.

Have a good week,


ANU Open Day - 14th August - Call for RSPhys Academic Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for the ANU open day specifically Research School of Physics academics. The Physics stand will be in the 6th floor of the Marie Reay Teaching Centre, at Kambri, Saturday 14th August from 9am – 4pm.  

Please contact Siobhán Ryman if you have a few hours to spare.


HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian PhD students and ECRs to attend the 13th Japan Society for the Promotion of Science HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates, to be held virtually from 7 to 11 March 2022. The participants engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists pioneering the frontiers of knowledge.

Applications are limited to one PhD student and one ECR from ANU. Please let the College Research Office know of your intent to apply by 12PM Wednesday 11 August 2021 to facilitate potential internal ranking.

The opportunity closes on 6 Sept 2021.

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Horizon Europe Information Session and ANZ Launch

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation, with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period of 2021-2027.

The virtual event below serves as its formal launch in Australia & New Zealand and will provide an overview of Horizon Europe to researchers interested in getting involved in the programme.

August 24, 1700-1830. Registration is mandatory here.

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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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ANZCOP21 - November 18-19, 2021

ANZCOP 2021 is a special event of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics presented on behalf of ANZOS - the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. ANZCOP21 will focus on ECRs and postgraduate researchers, enabling opportunities for networking, collaboration, and ideas exchange in a hybrid setting -  both online and in-person.

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HDR Opportunities

Resilient Researcher webinars with Dr Shari Walsh

ANU 3MT Final 2021 - 1 September, 6-8 pm

Enhancing Personal Performance for HDR Students

2022 Visiting Fellowship program "Mobilities" - Applications close on 30 September 2021


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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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

Associate Professor Samaya Nissanke - 9 August
New Perspectives onto the Universe in the era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics
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Professor Gerard Milburn - 12 August
The thermodynamics of clocks
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Mr Shaun Lung - 13 August
Complex polarization manipulation with dielectric metasurfaces
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School Colloquium - 12 August

Graphene metamaterials and two-dimensional devices - Professor Boahua Jia

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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)


Matthias Wurdack (he/him)

Disha Kapasi (she/her)

Shridhar Manjunath (he/him)

Elizaveta Melik-Gaykazyan (she/her)

Ben Swinton-Bland (he/him)

Mahdi Davoodianidalik (he/him)


HDR Progress Milestones

Students and supervisors can access information on HDR progress milestone requirements on the School Intranet.


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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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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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.


From Previous Weeks...

Physics Higher Degree Supervisor Training Workshop Announcement

Quantum Hackathon | 24–27 August


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