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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 33 | 23–27 August 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It was certainly a lovely weekend to be at home.

My sincere thanks to all the members of the Infrastructure Working Party for their comprehensive draft in response to the School Review and recent changes. Due to the scale of the document, and that it is term time, I will leave it open for comment until September 10th. I am very grateful to the two co-Chairs, Rachael Hanrick (MakerSpace) and Professor Hoe Tan (EME) for helping to orchestrate this collaborative process.

The ARC Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA) for 2023 is soon to commence. To make this more interesting, the Australian Bureau of Statistics updated this year the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification scheme, which includes Fields of Research, Socio-Economic Objectives and Types of Activities codes. This means that publications after 2016 and grants won in 2019-21 will be re-coded under the new scheme. Have no fear, the talented team in the Research Services Division (RSD) have used AI to expedite the re-coding for us, but it will still need some personal assistance. The School is participating in an early release of the tool to recode existing publications and grants before a broader roll-out across the University. The RSD team have provided a helpful video and a mapping tool which is straightforward to use. Access to the tool will remain open until 23rd September.

My thanks to Professors Elena Ostrovskaya (QST) and Jodie Bradby (MP) last Friday for helping to intensify the pressure on the ARC to repeal their rule excluding preprint services like arXiv, now in its 30th year. The Guardian went to town on the topic here. Our DVC(RI), Professor Keith Nugent, has also come out publicly condemning the ARC rule, adding that no ANU applications had been affected thanks to the due diligence of our Research Office teams. 

I’m always keen for an interesting picture to lead the Event Horizon. If you have an image that you’d like to share, please send it to me or Nikki.

I hope the week goes smoothly for all,


ANU Privacy Policy Review - Submissions Due 27/08/21 (This Friday)

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

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Horizon Europe Information Session and ANZ Launch

The virtual event 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 Open for 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2022

Applications are now open for the Science and Industry Endowment Fund - Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The Fund is to cover attendance of the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with Nobel Laureates from the field of Chemistry.

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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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Writing with Academic Integrity (for HDR Candidates & Early-career Researchers)

Thursday 2 September – 1pm
Writing in the university context is not easy. This webinar will provide an introduction to the practical elements of writing with academic integrity and developing your unique academic voice.
Register for Writing with academic integrity event


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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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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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




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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, though operating at reduced capacity with no face to face interactions. 

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Departmental seminars

Professor Carl Bender - 26 August
PT symmetry
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ANU Libraries

The JB Chifley Library will remain open 24/7 through the lockdown. Students and staff will need to swipe in. They will be able to use collection material, print, use the computers, record lectures in the One button studio, study rooms on level 4 equipped with ECHO recording software and use the Flex labs to give or record lectures.

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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.


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.


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.

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Quantum Hackathon | 24–27 August


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