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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 30 | 1–5 August 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a good weekend.

My congratulations to the authors of a stunning new development in metasurfaces published in Science Advances last week. In their work they demonstrate the chip-scale production of paired entangled photons emitted in different directions, a distinguishing feature of their new quantum light source. The Centre Director for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems, Prof Dragomir Neshev, tells me this remarkable result is only the beginning with more on the way. My thanks to Dr Phil Dooley for his web article of this announcement, with wonderful images by Martin Conway.

With the vacuum vessel stripped away the image above shows the inner beauty of the H1 Stellarator fully exposed. This is a rare event only happening a few times in the past two decades and provides the final chance to see this marvel of engineering and technical excellence before it departs to its new home. If you would like to see this magnificent device up close we will be holding viewings today and tomorrow (1st and 2nd August), 1000-1200. Just pop down to Level 2, Cockcroft Building and follow the signs. It is well worth making time to see it in person. We really do have a fabulous workshop.

The School Executive is being held on Thursday. If you have items you would like to raise please speak to your Heads or representatives.

Best regards,


CERN Postdoctoral Fellowship Programes

The CERN Theory Department will have openings for postdoctoral positions (Senior Research Fellowships) in all areas of relevance to particle physics, including QCD, collider physics, Standard Model and beyond, astroparticle physics and cosmology, heavy-ion physics, lattice gauge theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity and string theory, mathematical physics.

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Defence’s 2023 Strategic Policy Grants Program is Now Open!

Defence is pleased to advise that the 2023 Strategic Policy Grants Program (SPGP) opened for applications on 20 July 2022, and will close on 31 August 2022. Defence anticipates the program will award up to $3.5 million in total grant funding in 2023, across successful applications.

The program aims to broaden public debates relevant to Australia’s strategic circumstances, strengthen Australia’s defence partnerships, and inform Defence’s strategic policy advice through research-based work and events such as conferences, dialogues, and seminars.

If you intend to apply please notify the College Research Office as soon as possible so that they can advise you of the internal timeline.

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How To Become a Consultant: Introduction to Personal Consultancies at ANU

Date: Thursday 4th August 2022
Time: 3-4pm

Are you an ANU Academic thinking of becoming a consultant and want to learn how to improve your proposals, prepare budgets and more? This information session for ANU staff provides an introduction to what is involved in becoming a consultant, how to professionally run personal consultancies under the University’s Paid Outside Work Policy, and how ANU Enterprise can support you.


3 Minute Thesis College Final - CoS & CHM

The College of Science and College of Health and Medicine are hosting a 3MT Final on Thursday 04 August from 1pm-4pm. The event will be held in the Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR Bldg 131 and will be followed by afternoon tea in the foyer. 

Attendance is free but you must register through Eventbrite.

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Dark Matter In The Pub

One of the greatest mysteries of science is Dark Matter - an invisible substance that seems to be all around galaxies, affecting how they rotate. Maybe it's right here around us as well, but we can't see it!

The ARC Dark Matter Particle Physics Centre of Excellence is setting out to detect it, in a re-purposed mine shaft in Stawell Victoria.

Come and meet the researchers and hear them talk about this remarkable quest, in the relaxed atmosphere of Smiths Alternative. Grab a beverage and a snack for eight short talks from astronomers, particle physicists, nuclear physicists and engineers collaborating on this epic mystery.

WHEN: 7 PM Sunday 14 August
WHERE: Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic
COST: FREE thanks to sponsorship by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics

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Presentation Training

Presenter training for scientists - for Dark Matter in the Pub presenters, and everyone else too. It covers structure, tips and tricks to connect with the audience, and voice and body skills to conquer nerves and give you poise in front of a crowd.

WHEN: 1230 - 2PM , Fridays 5th and 12th August.
WHERE: Week 1 ANU Nuclear Physics | Week 2 Smiths Alternative
COST: Free thanks to sponsorship by the AIP ACT Branch.

Register here: 

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Superstars of STEM

The game-changing Superstars of STEM program smashes society’s gender assumptions about who can work in science, technology, engineering and maths by creating more visible diverse STEM experts featured regularly in the media.

Apply for the 2023-2024 program. Applications close on 14 August 2022.

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AINSE Update

  1. AINSE Scholar Gold Medals (nominations received until 31 August 2022)
  2. ANBUG-AINSE Neutron Scattering Symposium (AANSS) 2022: Save the date (9-11 November 2022)
  3. ANSTO User Meeting 2022 (1-2 December 2022): Call for abstracts (submissions close 21st August 2022)

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As You See It! Photography Competition

The As You See It! photography competition is open to all ANU alumni, staff and students with an original photo. Images will be shortlisted by a selection committee, with the top photos from each category going to a public vote during August. 

The two winning images from each category will form the 2023 ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine annual calendar.

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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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College HR & Finance Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

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submitting reimbursement forms.

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.




Departmental seminars

Mr Bikesh Gupta - 3 August
Investigation of cost effective III-V semiconductor solar energy device architecture
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Mr Aditya Tripathi - 5 August
Active and topological metaphotonics
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Mr Shayan Majidy - 11 August
Noncommuting charges: Bridging theory to experiment
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Director's Colloquium - 8 August

Light-matter interfaces for quantum information and sensing at ARL - Dr Fredrik Fatemi

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Physics Project Market Day - 18 August

New Physics Building Foyer 

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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...

Uyen Nguyen -
Finance Team Leader

Sue Berkeley -
Stores/Purchasing 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)


ANU Community Connect

ANU Community Connect provides a safe and welcoming space for all ANU students. We offer no-cost essential items through our food pantry, Share the Dignity vending machine, access to our friendly and knowledgeable team to support students build connections, navigate university services and actively engage with programs and events to improve student experience at ANU.

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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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