The Australian National University

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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 10 | 14–18 March 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Two weeks ago our Chancellor, the Hon Julie Bishop, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian P Schmidt AC, and Chair of Academic Board, Professor Joan Leach released the ANU Statement on Ukraine. Their statement has attracted a great deal of attention and a comprehensive FAQ addresses the impact of this statement. While they state ANU will no longer support official Russian engagements, they emphasise the need to support brave academics and students who oppose President Putin's unprovoked aggression. Tragically, both in Russia and Belarus, students and academics have met persecution for speaking against the war. Motivated by compassion for Ukrainian students caught in this conflict and for those who are suffering repression in Russia and Belarus, leading Australian academics have written an open letter appealing to the Australian Vice Chancellors to offer scholarships to help these student continue their studies in Australia. If you would like to join the growing number of signatories please go to the form here. In a similar show of global support for academic freedom an open letter to the Russian Academy of Sciences can be found here.

The ANU Centre for European Studies has two special events offered to ANU staff and students with Ukrainian heritage or any personal connections with those in Ukraine;

  1. The Australian National University invites you to meet with Mr Volodymyr Shalkivskyi ChargeĢ d`Affaires a.i. Embassy of Ukraine in Australia
    Date: Monday 28 March
    Time: 11am – 12pm
    Location: Mills Room, Chancelry Building 10 East Road, ANU campus 
    To register please email Kerrie Thornton.

  2. The ANU Centre for European Studies invites you to attend a colloquium on “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”.
    Date: Monday 28 March and Wednesday 30 March
    Venue: Moot Courts, ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Rd, Acton
    Speakers include representatives from the diplomatic community, academia and civil society. 
    To register and for the program and speakers see:

In these times it is crucial that we offer our care and support for all of our colleagues who are connected through culture, friends or family to this ongoing conflict.  



Masks and Rapid Antigen Tests

The University will reopen its distribution hub for rapid antigen tests (RATs) and masks from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 March 2022, 12pm to 5pm daily.

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Applications Are Invited For The First 2022 Round of The Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF)

Applications for the third round of the CCDAF funding scheme are open, with a closing date of Friday 18 March 2022 at 5:00pm.

The CCDAF is for individual academic and professional staff with caring responsibilities who require support to participate in significant development opportunities such as conferences, workshops or symposia that contribute to their careers.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to contribute to reasonable costs relating to the care of dependants where existing care arrangements are not available. Types of costs covered may include childcare costs, care costs for dependants other than children, and airfares for the dependant to accompany a staff member.

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Applications Are Now Open for PwC's Graduate and Vacation Programs!

PwC’s Actuarial and Analytics team are looking for motivated and inquisitive people to join the Canberra team as a Vacationer in 2022 or a Graduate starting in 2023.

As a vacationer or graduate in the Actuarial and Analytics team, you will be given the opportunity to use your skills in evidence-based data analysis to work on consulting projects across a wide range of areas including Government, Health, General Insurance and Advanced Analytics. The team has an inclusive, diligent and social culture that will support you to learn and develop.

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Dr Richard Henley who received the Haddon Forrester King Medal 2022 for his life-long achievement and outstanding contribution to science like building our understanding of how metal deposits are formed. 


Applications Are Invited For The First 2022 Round of The Professional Staff Scholarships Scheme (PSSS) & the Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF)

Applications for the first round of the PSSS and the PSDEF are open, with a closing date of Friday 25 March 2022 at 5:00pm.

The University recognises that the contribution of highly skilled and dedicated professional staff are critical to the success and future of the University. Professional staff are encouraged to continue their growth and development through participation in a range of career development initiatives. To support this goal, the University provides financial support to successful applicants through the PSSS and the PSDEF.

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Writing with Clarity and Purpose Workshop - Fri 27 May 10am-12pm

The Researcher Development team are offering the workshop “Writing with clarity and purpose” which will be tailored to the needs of RSPhys students.

Researchers at all stages are invited to the following workshop run by Dr Cally Guerin and Dr Derek Panchuk of the Researcher Development Unit.

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Applications Are Now Invited For The First 2022 Round of The Indigenous Professional Staff Grants Program (IPSGP)

Applications for the second round of the IPSGP are open, with a closing date of Friday 29 April 2022 at 5:00pm.

Indigenous Professional Staff Grants will be for Colleges, Schools, Service Divisions or other ANU academic or administrative units for activities that contribute to Indigenous employment outcomes, including encouraging continuing employment and professional mobility, maximising development and transfer of job skills and supporting individual career strategies and goals.

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Altmetric Explorer for Institutions tracks various external sources of attention to scholarly content and provides data and data visualisations that allow you to easily understand who is engaging with your research work, and how. 

For those thinking about applying for grants in 2022, taking a look at your Altmetric profile can give you detailed insights into the reach of your work necessary to bolster your application. 

For help in using Altmetric, contact the RSD Engagement and Impact team ( 


NHMRC Ideas Grants Funding Round for 2022

The NHMRC Ideas Grants funding round for 2022 is now open (IG23) in Sapphire for applications.  

The Ideas Grants scheme supports focussed innovative research projects addressing a specific question. The intended outcomes of the scheme are innovative and creative research; funding of researchers at all career stages; and funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation. Ideas Grants will provide funding for up to five years. Applications can be from single investigators or teams, and it is expected that the CIA will have the capability to lead the team in achieving the project aims.

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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Store.


Maisie & Mark 

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School Seminar Program - 15 March

Global energy transition? The need for breakthrough technologies in the resources sector - Professor Mark Knackstedt

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Departmental seminars

Mr Joshua Butson - 17 March
III-V Semiconductor Alloys and Earth-Abundant Cocatalyst Foils for Immersed Solar Water Splitting Devices
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Dr Mark Browne - 17 March
How should we mitigate pollution by clothing fibres: Should we avoid, intercept or re-engineer?
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Distinguished Lecture - 17 March

The Gravitational Universe Revealed by Modern Quantum Measurements -

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Public Lecture - 17 March

Inertia and Inertial Resistance in Special Relativity - Dr Peter Riggs

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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 (Thurs 9:30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon,Thurs-Fri 8.30-4pm)


HDR Update

Development & Training in March

17 | Network your way into a job using PostAc
17 | Tertiary to work Graduate Career Fare
22 | Research data management
22 | Employer Visit Program: Google
28 | The emotionally intelligent researcher - ANU

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Internship Projects

An internship is an opportunity for a student to work in an organisation on an agreed project for approximately 1–2 days a week for a semester. There are also opportunities for intensive internships during semester breaks. 

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Investor Showcase 25 March 11:00am - 1:00pm
At the Canberra Innovation Network we engage with 500+ local startups per year. We provide workshop programs, one on one coaching, mentor connections, the Griffin Accelerator and more to empower entrepreneurs to make more progress. 

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 ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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From Previous Weeks...

ARC Linkage Projects - Key Dates in 2022

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

PhB Mentors Needed

Invitation to Nominate Candidates for the 2023 Schmidt Science Fellows Award


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