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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 19 | 16–20 May 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It’s a very full issue this week with a lot of good stuff happening here and overseas. Please take some time to scan down the announcements below, and I’ll draw your attention to a just few.  

  • There is a special excursion for the Women in Physics group to visit colleagues at RSAA on June 6th. This will be an excellent opportunity and I warmly encourage you to attend.
  • The call to apply for the TOP 5 Science media residency is now open. This exciting program is co-sponsored by the ABC and ANU. Professor Jodie Bradby has the honour of being invited as program Ambassador and judge.
  • Shown at the end of the issue is a selection of images from a CoS Delegation to India, which visited a dozen of India’s top universities over the past two weeks. This agile delegation, seen in the first image below (left to right) is comprised of Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish (EME, left), Professor Sasha Mikheyev, CoS Associate Dean (International) and Jay Poria, CoS Manager International Development & Partnerships. 

Have a great week,


Student Representatives Wanted

We are seeking expressions of interest from HDR students to become student representatives for our School. As a student rep, you will have an opportunity to be the voice for the HDR students at the School, College and University forums. Student reps are leadership roles that can help improve the student experience at our School by contributing to the running of various student activities and building a diverse and vibrant student community at RSPhys. These appointments are usually for 2 years.

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Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities

Fulbright Scholarship opportunities for bilateral collaborative research projects in the U.S. are currently open.

We invite all of our university colleagues to connect with the Fulbright Team for an online information session on Thursday, 19 May 2022 at 10.00 am via Teams.  

Applications for the scholarships close 6 July

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Student Urgent Relief Bursary (SURF)

The University is offering a Student Urgent Relief Bursary (SURF) with the intention to relieve students' financial burden and assist with extra costs caused by COVID or remote learning. There were very specific criteria for applying and a very small number of applications in 2021. The criteria for this bursary have been revised to include all students who are facing financial difficulties in 2022—not just related to COVID/remote learning. It is encouraged to review the conditions of this grant to see if you may be eligible for this financial support.

Additionally the School offers the Ben Williams Student Support Grant to assist RSPhys students who are experiencing personal difficulties which may be affecting their ability to study.

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Metaphotonics with Emerging Materials

The PhD student Pavel Tonkaev and Prof. Yuri Kivshar from Nonlinear Physics Center (Department of Fundamental and Theoretical Physics), with collaborators from the ITMO University in St. Peterburg,  described a connection of metaphotonics with material science and chemistry. For tunabilty, metaphotonics employs a variety of materials such as polymers, perovskites, TMDCs, and phase-change materials to achieve diverse functionalities for efficient control of light. The invited review paper is published in Chemical Reviews (Impact Factor=60.62).

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ABC Science Top5 Science Thinkers/Communicators is Open NOW

The TOP 5 Science is open to PhD-qualified early career researchers currently working at an Australian university or research organisation. The program is co-sponsored by the ABC and ANU.

The Top 5 winners take part in an intensive 2-week program with professional journalists and science communicators. The 2022 Science residency will be a combination of virtual and face-to-face on site at the ABC Ultimo (Sydney) studios. The Top5 work towards a segment for a program like Ockham's Razor, The Science Show or The Health report (all science radio programs on ABC). Past winners' work can be found on the webpage below (very impressive/professional!). 

Jodie Bradby has been nominated as the 2022 ANU ambassador and judge. 

Apply now for this career-boosting opportunity and get your science out there!

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Women* in Physics to Meet Women* in Astro - Mon 6th June

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is thrilled to invite women* in physics to meet women* in astro. 

Date: Monday, the 6th of June 2022 
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm 
Venue: Mount Stromlo Observatory 
(Transportation provided to and from the Acton campus) 

Please RSVP by 23/05/2022 via email to (RSPhys) or (RSAA). 

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Dominik Koll (NPAA) who received 500 EUR for best scientist in the science communication program “I’m a scientist”, has now been invited to teach for a week in Malaga, Spain at the Colegio Aleman de Malaga (a private German School).

Dominik invested his prize money along with some funding from the school to go to Malaga for the last week. He was teaching high-school students from 7th grade until 12th grade (the final before university level).

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Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

The Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme for funding commencing in 2023, opened on Wednesday 6th April 2022. This scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The UA-DAAD scheme supports exchanges for Australian researchers from University Australia (UA) member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes. This scheme is open for the exchange of academics with a focus on early career researchers and junior scholars from both countries who are working on joint (new or already established) research projects.

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Janet Elspeth Crawford Postgraduate Leadership Prize for 2021

Nominations are sought for the Janet Elspeth Crawford Postgraduate Leadership Prize for 2021.

This prize is offered by the College of Science to students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and outstanding leadership. The prize is valued at $2000 each. 

Both HDR and coursework Master students can be nominated.

Nominations are due to our office ( by 18 May 2022 (apologies for the quick turnaround).

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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 Oliphant Reception.




Departmental seminars

Ms Felicity Lee - 18 May
Investigation of micro-hollow cathode plasma discharges
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Associate Professor Stephan Rachel - 19 May
Realization of a discrete time crystal on IBM’s quantum computer
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School Seminar Program - 19 May

Connecting up the quantum internet: building quantum interconnects using rare earth crystals - Dr Rose Ahlefeldt

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Women* in Physics Morning Tea - 26 May

Please join the WiP group on Thursday, May 26th at 10am in the Oliphant tea room for an informal catch-up. There will be muffins!

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HDR Workshop - 27 May

Writing with clarity and purpose -10am-12pm

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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  

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

16 | Writing 500 useful words everyday
17 | Research data management webinar
18 | EndNote 20 webinar for Windows
18 | PARSA Shut UP and Write
18 | Literature Review Writing (HASS)
18 | CAP/CHL HDR: Thesis Proposal Reviews
18 | How not to run out of time: research project management (CHL and CAP)
18 | Translating your research skills for non-academic employers
19 | Writing in company
19 | PARSA Shut Up and Write
19 | What do thesis examiners (really) want? CASS
20 | PARSA Shut up and Write
20 | Managing difficult conversations

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VC’s HDR Travel Grant

The VC’s HDR Travel Grant that was suspended over the past couple of year has now been reinstated, and is now accepting new applications!

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Free Flu Vaccinations

To provide flexibility for our staff in 2022, the ANU are offering three options for receiving your free flu vaccination:

1. On campus at the ANU Medical Centre 

2. On campus at the University Pharmacy 

3. Off campus by accessing a voucher code to be used at a Terry White Chemist in Canberra

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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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What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19

If you test positive to COVID-19, please:

1. Register your positive result with ACT Health using this online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located.

2. Alert the University through this online form.

3. Apply for personal leave.

4. Isolate for at least seven days after the day you test positive.


From Previous Weeks...

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

Mandatory Training Courses for School Induction and Building Access - All Persons


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2 – Dashashvamedh Ghat in Varanasi
3 – IIT (BHU) Varanasi
4 – IIT (BHU) Varanasi
5 – IIT (BHU) Varanasi
6 – IISER Bhopal  
7 – IIT Kanpur
8 – Indian Institute of Science
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