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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 47 | 29 November–3 December 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope your weekend was relaxing.  

Last week was one for accolades and celebrations of career achievements. Firstly, we had the announcement that Distinguished Professor Yuri Kivshar (FTP) and Professor Dragomir Neshev (EME) had each achieved “Highly Cited” status, placing them in the top 1000 researchers globally for their work published in Web of Science. Next, was the exciting announcement that Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish will become the next President of the Australian Academy of Science. More details of these announcements were in School-wide emails last week. And, to round out the week of recognitions, I was lucky enough to be in-person at the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor Awards evening to see Emeritus Professor Ken Baldwin receive the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University. Ken was recognised for founding the Energy Change Institute, which created the basis for ANU energy experts to coordinate research around Australia’s transition to renewable energy. The significant impact and extent of this community cannot be understated and is well known in our School. I am truly delighted to see Ken recognised for his long standing service to the ANU. This year the Chancellor, Hon Julie Bishop, announced two awards in this category and the other recipient, Professor Amanda Barnard (CHM) is seen above standing on the VC’s right. Now the Associate Dean Rural and Indigenous Health, Amanda was recognised for her long term contributions to the management of asthma and respiratory disease in primary care, particularly in regional Australia. Canberra being Canberra, it turned out that Amanda and Ken were at Campbell Highschool together and both reflected the broad academic achievements of their school year. You can see the entire award ceremony here.

It has been great to see more and more people on campus. I will keep you posted on the possibility for a preview of the building before the end of the year.

Have a good week,


Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for ARC and NHMRC Schemes Opening in 2021/22

The College of Science Research Office is now inviting notices of intent (NoI) to submit applications for the following schemes:

Please note that a separate call for NOIs for ARC Discovery Projects 2023 (DP23) will be issued once the outcomes of the previous round (DP22) are released by ARC.

If you are contemplating applying for any of the above schemes through ANU or another institution (externally led), please complete this short form by Tuesday 4 January 2022. Please complete one form entry per scheme you intend to participate in.

For queries in relation to any of the above schemes, please contact the College of Science Research Office at or


AMRS Membership Now Open

The Australian Materials Research Society (AMRS) was established in 1988 and aims to promote materials research and education, connect the community, provide access to funding opportunities and organise materials conferences under the auspices of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). 

The AMRS is establishing a membership list so it can engage more effectively with the community.

Membership is free!  You can join the AMRS via the link:

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Science Communication PhD Workshop: Open for Registrations for CoS/CHM PhD Students

The Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) has historically offered an annual 2-day Science Communication workshop for PhD candidates from SHM schools. Due to Covid-19, they have not been able to offer this workshop in person since 2019.

They are now calling for registrations from SHM PhD candidates for their 2022 workshop, to be held on 1 and 2 February 2022, from 9am to 5pm each day, in the Marie Reay Building in Kambri.

Please send your expression of interest in attending the workshop, by email to: Places are currently limited to 60 attendees.

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VS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Valuing Local Co-Benefits for Indigenous Communities

A Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity at CSIRO in the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform has just been announced. The Postdoctoral Fellowship would suit a candidate that has a PhD in sustainability science, digital user experience in cross-cultural contexts, environmental science, economics, finance, sociology, rural studies, anthropology, or geography. Further details click 'Read more'.

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Asia-Pacific Applied Topology and Geometry Seminar

"A Universal Multiscale Descriptor for Fluid Wetting Behaviour in Porous Media Using Integral Geometry"

Speaker: Ryan Armstrong  (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

Date: December 3 (Friday)
Time: 15:00 (Canberra, Australia)

Please join via the Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 831 0342 9698
Password: 399 425

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RSB Director's Seminar - Monday 6th December 2021

"Relating Protein Structure to Function with Computer Simulations"
Presented by Professor Ben Corry

Date: Monday, 6 December
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm, preceded by lunch at 12noon
Location: Eucalyptus Seminar Room, Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46)

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Last week Dominik Koll (NPAA) received a prize after being elected favourite scientist in this season's "I'm a scientist, get me out of here".

This science communication project enables highschool students to come in contact with scientists and ask questions about their daily life in science and about scientific topics. This project runs in several countries all around the world for any science discipline.

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Each December, Optics & Photonics News highlights in a special issue exciting peer-reviewed optics research that has emerged over the past year.

This year, a panel of editors selected 30 stories for publication that they felt communicated breakthroughs of particular interest to the broad optics community.

In the recent issue “Optics in 2021”, Australia is represented by 2 summaries, both involving researchers from Research School of Physics.

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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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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


Mail at the Store

All mail (letters, journals, magazines) is currently being received and kept at the Store. If you are expecting any mail, or wish to enquire if you have mail awaiting collection, please email

The Stores team would appreciate if all enquiries wait for a reply email prior to presenting at the Store.


EOY Finance Processing Cut-offs

EOY Systems & Processing Timetable

For more information contact the Purchasing Team.

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A Reminder About Reimbursements...

When seeking a reimbursement please follow these guidelines, and remember to use the updated reimbursement form found on the ANU Policy Library.


Final Chemical Waste Pickup for 2021

The last ACT run for 2021 will be the 8th December and will return again on 19th January 2022.

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School Seminar Program - 2 December

Truth in Science - Professor Rod Boswell

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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 Student Reps - Seeking Expressions of Interest to Join our HDR Student Reps in 2022

Do you want to become a HDR Student Rep, 'Read more' ?

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ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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November is... Academic Writing Month - #AcWriMo

Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? November is academic writing month!

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Open until Tuesday, 30 November

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