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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 32 | 16–20 August 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a chance to enjoy the peace that has settled over Canberra this weekend. While I’m certain no one is relaxing in this extra busy time, I do hope you are comfortable.

Last Wednesday we heard some wonderful news from the 2021 ARC Future Fellowship round. My congratulations to Drs Marcus Doherty (QST) and Simon Haine (QST). Marcus will redouble his focus on high-performance, room temperature quantum technologies. Simon seeks to improve the theoretical understanding of ultra-precise sensing capabilities needed in inertial sensing and in the search for signatures of quantum gravity, to be hosted at University of Queensland. Their project summaries can be found here. My thanks to everyone who helped all the applicants prepare for this round, as tough as ever. My gratitude also to the CoS Research Office for their great guidance.

This week I will rely on School-wide emails to keep you informed around the shut-down of our facilities (see Friday’s email at 1140).

For this edition of the Event Horizon I'll leave you with some images from the relocation of the Homopolar generator, now 60 metres to the south of where it has sat for the past three decades. Below are some images of the well-orchestrated sequence that required a 200 tonne crane and two low loaders in a double-shuffle over two days. The move had been planned for months and tested the minds and talents of engineers and operators alike. As determined by the crane, the fly wheel weighed in at 26 tonnes, the bearing housing and brace section, came in at 23 tonnes. The top image shows the final position at the entrance of the new building, as a sentinel for audacious science.  

Best regards,


ARC Laureate Fellowship Webinar

The Research Services Division are hosting a webinar to meet with recent successful Laureate Fellows – Prof Sharon Friel, Prof Yun Liu and Prof Naomi McClure-Griffiths. They will be sharing their experiences of the application process, and answering questions from participants.

Please RSVP to in order to receive a Zoom invite for the meeting on Thursday, 19 August 2021 at 12pm.

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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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ARC DECRA Fellowship Webinar

The Research Services Division are hosting a webinar to meet with recent successful DECRA Fellows – Dr Shannon Wang and Dr Francis Hui. They will be sharing their experiences of the application process, and answering questions from participants.

Please RSVP to in order to receive a Zoom invite for the meeting on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 12pm.

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Qubit by Qubit is Looking for Teaching Assistants!

Qubit by Qubit is currently hiring Teaching Assistants (TAs) for their upcoming two-semester Introduction to Quantum Computing course. This is a first-of-its-kind program designed to make quantum computing accessible to high school students. 

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UniSuper Retirement Considerations Webcast

Monday, 30 August 2021 at 12:00PM 

Like any chapter in your life, preparation can go a long way to ensure you're emotionally and financially ready for the road ahead. But where do you start when it comes to retiring?

To help you on your way, this webcast will provide an overview of the issues you need to consider in the lead-up to retirement. We’ll discuss:
- challenges in retirement
- establishing retirement objectives
- contribution strategies
- income in retirement

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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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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


RSPhys Store

Stores will be physically manned this week though operating at reduced capacity with no face to face interactions. 

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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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