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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 38 | 27 September–1 October 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have had a good weekend.  

I was hoping to announce a truly exciting development for one of our student-led companies but that will have to wait until next week. For this week’s announcements please scan below for detail. My congratulations to the participants in the ARC Centre of Excellence Dark Matter Particle Physics on the Centre’s official commencement last week. I have been involved in establishment of the company that will manage the underground laboratory in Stawell, Victoria and I can say it will be a remarkable facility.

Please note the deadline for Market Day Projects (1st October) and the closing date for registration in the Carver Seminar Series (28th September). Seen above the late Professor John Carver in his final year as Director (1978-1992). The student seminar series remembers his long commitment to postgraduate research in the School and to this day we remain the largest and most diverse Physics-focussed student community in Australia.

Have a good week,


The Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics was officially launched by Prof. Sue Thomas (ARC CEO) Wednesday 22 September. 

The launch took place online and included presentations from Prof Elisabetta Barberio (Centre Director, UoM), Prof Mark Hargreaves (ProVC, UoM), her Excellency Francesca Tardioli (Italian ambassador), and Prof Cedric Simenel (Centre Deputy Director, ANU) who chaired the event.

The ANU is one of the largest nodes, contributing actively to three themes of the Centre: WIMPs Direct Detection, Metrology, and Theory.

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Physics Project Market Day

Physics Project Market Day will this year be held online in mid-October (tbc), and in anticipation we will once again be ensuring that the available student projects are up to date. If you would like your projects to be included in the online project booklet, please ensure that they are current by Friday 1st October.

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Distinguished Professor Susan Scott and Dr Ben Whale from the CGA have been awarded an Honourable Mention in the international Gravity Research Foundation Essay Competition for 2021. Their essay "What actually happens when you approach a gravitational singularity?” The award winning essays will be published in the International Journal of Modern Physics D.

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The John Carver Seminar Series 2021

The annual student event aimed at showcasing the amazing research done by our students and celebrating the wealth of talent in our School will be held on Wednesday 6 October at 10 am. At this stage we are planning to hold this event via Zoom only.

You will need to present a 15-minute talk on your research to an audience of your fellow students and RSPhys colleagues. The talks are not followed by questions.

Please email by 28 September 2021 to register your interest in participating in this wonderful event!

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Cos+CHM IDEA Community of Practice Seminar

"Inclusive education in an exclusive institution: what are we aiming for here?"

Speaker: Giverney Ainscough
Date and time: Tuesday 28 September, 1-2pm

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 839 1543 3538
Password: 445 517

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AINSE Scholar Gold Medal Nominations

The AINSE Scholar Gold Medal is awarded for impact and excellence in research by postgraduate students and early career researchers on the basis of publications that acknowledge AINSE and ANSTO support. 

Nominees for awards are submitted to the AINSE Council by the AINSE Specialist Committees for consideration at the final AINSE Council Meeting of the calendar year. At the presentation of the medals, the newly-awarded Gold Medallists are invited to deliver an address on their research.

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Inspire a Curious Mind: Female STEM Coaches Wanted

Curious Minds seek female STEM professionals interested in volunteering to mentoring students in Year 9 – 10 over a six month period. 

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ANU Alumni Self-Care Social Media Challenge – Provide your self-care tips to win!

These are truly difficult and exhausting times. But this is also an opportunity for us to come together, support each other, and maybe have a little fun in the process!

Starting on 28 August, we’re launching a six-week self-care challenge that will inspire you to move, grow, cook, connect and relax.

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ANU Templates

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Need to Schedule a Meeting with the Director?

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For all others
Please send an email request to 

Tim will reply to any meeting requests ASAP


RSPhys Store

Stores will be physically staffed, though operating at reduced capacity with no face to face interactions. 

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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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Departmental seminars

Mr Khosro Zangeneh Kamali - 27 September
Reversible Tuning of Optical Metasurfaces
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Mr Kieran Thomas - 28 September
Foundational Test of Quantum Mechanics with Ultracold Helium
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Mr Jingshi Yan - 29 September
Control the emission of ultra-thin semiconductors by photonic nanostructures
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FLEET/TMOS Colloquium - 30 September

Augmenting silicon technologies: epitaxial graphene on silicon wafer, FLEET/TMOS seminar - Professor Francesca Iacopi

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Know your administrators...

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

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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.


HDR Opportunities

Resilient Researcher webinars with Dr Shari Walsh

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


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. 

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