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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 11 | 21–25 March 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few days I have received some lovely remembrances of Andrew Papworth’s contributions. Andrew encapsulated much of his philosophy in his book, “The art of Experimental Physics”, which he worked on up until his death and we are looking to publish. This week’s image takes us back to the time of the Faculties (1990), back when quantum squeezing was just being accomplished and when National Youth Science Forum, Questacon, Australian Science Olympiads Book time were all in their formative years. Standing with many familiar friends and colleagues, Andrew can be seen second on the left, second row standing with his arms folded (image credit: Hans Bachor).

My congratulations to Chief Investigators of the recently awarded $1M Collaborative Research Project under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) for “Quantum-enhanced atomic gravimetry for improved sensing capabilities”. Our ANU colleagues, Simon Haine, Stuart Szigeti, John Close and Joe Hope are joined by Prof Matthew Davis at UQ and Prof Sebastian Wüster at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal.  

Also, my congratulations to Prof Sean Smith, Director of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and affiliated with Department of Material Physics, who has been part of a massive $185M Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant awarded late last week. The private-public partnership aims to employ advanced computation and innovative genomic screening to identify and treat rare cancers; see  “PrOSPeCT:  an Australian Precision Oncology Screening Platform enabling Industry-sponsored Clinical Trials”. This award will bring $12.5M of co-investment into the NCI.

A correction from last week, and my sincerest apologies to our Belarusian colleagues. I used the incorrect name for Belarus and have now amended the archived copy.

Just in; Key dates for Discovery Projects 2023

  • Applications Open: 22 March 2022
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 03 May 2022
  • Applications Close: 17 May 2022
  • Rejoinders: 10 August 2022 to 23 August 2022
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2022

Internal deadlines will be circulated shortly.

Have a good week,


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OPRA Grant Proposals

The Association for Advancement of Research on Open Problems in Nuclear Physics & Particle Physics (OPRA) is currently accepting proposals for grants on set research topics within Nuclear Physics, Strong Interactions and Weak Interactions to investigate the discrepancies between existing theories and experimental findings, and the mathematical consistency of physical theories.

Applications for this scheme close on 14 of April 2022. Grants are worth a maximum of $70,000USD per year for three years.   


Tweet Series

The Researcher Development team are starting a new tweet series for @ANUresearcher! This tweet series is intended to be fun AND rewarding – a collaborative storytelling about the highs and lows of HDR student life – Hannah Carle, a RD casual is creating graphic mosaics based on different themes each week. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Departmental seminars

Professor Howard Wiseman - 24 March
Can a qubit be your friend? Why experimental metaphysics needs a quantum computer
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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

22 | Research data management
22 | Employer Visit Program: Google
28 | The emotionally intelligent researcher - ANU

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Invitation to Nominate Candidates for the 2023 Schmidt Science Fellows Award

Please send your nominations to the Physics HDR team by COB Tuesday 05 April 2022.

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Nicolas Baudin Interships and Travel Grants to France

Applications for the 2022 Nicolas Baudin Program are now open!

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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

NHMRC Ideas Grants Funding Round for 2022


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