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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 42 | 24–28 October 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many, many thanks to all those who helped to make Founder’s Day the great success that it was. The talks were truly spectacular and I heard wonderful praise for the speakers. I’m so pleased that the line-up now includes our undergraduate colleagues. Photos from the day can be found here and a copy of my presentation can be found here.

My thanks to A/Prof Vladimir Mangezeev for running the Founder’s Day Quiz.  For those who would like to see solutions to these fiendish questions, Vladimir will be running a tutorial in the Level 4 Meeting (New Building) at 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

As a prelude to Founder’s Day I had the pleasure of walking members of the combined Physics and Astronomy undergraduate societies through the new building the day before (see above on the terrace). Both societies are very active and I’m looking forward to engaging with them in broader School activities next year. 

Also above, Professor Elena Ostrovskaya (QST) in her element as she introduces the Profs Hans Bachor and Tim Ralph at the launch of the 3rd edition of their book last Wednesday. It was wonderful to hear of the genesis of the book, its evolution and in particular the substantial community that it now represents. It was a lovely celebration with several generations of students attending. Hans pointed out that each edition has been responsive to emerging trends in quantum optics of the time and he mused about what trends that might prompt a 4th edition.  

It is with huge gratitude that I thank Elena for her defining contribution to the role of Associate Director (Research). Elena has recently announced that she will not be seeking a second term in her role. Since November 2019, Elena has reinvigorated many of our signature research fora including School seminars, colloquia and ARC peer review all at a critical time when we all needed them most. I have never seen seminars and colloquia so well attended, a testament to Elena’s energy and mastery of remote and hybrid seminars. She has also seen a time when the role has considerably increased engagement with the College and beyond, working closely with the Associate Dean (Research), Prof Penny King (RSES). In our School, the AD(R) plays a critical leadership role and Elena has been exemplary in her insight and care for our research activities. I am enormously grateful for the contributions she has made. Please join me and thank her for all she has achieved. As we wind up for the year we will hold a School morning tea to thank Elena and many others.    

Finally, look at the bottom of the page. Do you know what this is? The mystery will soon be solved.

Have a good week,

PS: …and don’t forget to RSVP for the WiP Gala.


Women* in Physics 2022 Gala 

Friday 18th November 2022
11:30am – 5pm, Birch Building #35 Science Road

Registration closes October 25th (tomorrow!)

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Megavolts Episode 4 – The Search for Dark Matter

Episode 4 of Megavolts finds us in the HIAF experimental hall looking for dark matter with Dr Lindsey Bignell.   Actually, it’s a practice run, using neutrons instead: dark matter detections are likely to be so rare that we need to have the detectors well and truly tested before we begin live experiments.

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College of Science Research Expo

The Expo will be showcasing some of the amazing research capabilities we have across the College, and our colleagues will be highlighting this research through presentations across the afternoon. 

Where: Marie Reay Building (6th Floor), from 3.00pm – 6.00pm
When: Wednesday, 16th November

Light refreshments will be served. 

Please register your attendance via Eventbrite by Wednesday, 9th November 2022. 

Enquires please contact 


Psychosocial Risk Management Chapter Consultation

The Draft Chapter for our WHS Management System Handbook on Psychological Safety is open for consultation until 7 November.

There are two Q&A sessions:

All documentation and resources can be found on the ANU website here.


Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship - Applications Are Open

Zonta International offers Amelia Earhart Fellowships to promote more women in the field of aerospace science and engineering. The Fellowships, of US$10,000, are awarded annually to 30 talented women, pursuing PhD/doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied science or aerospace-applied engineering around the globe.

More information and application forms are available here. The application deadline is 15 November 2022. For questions about this opportunity and to discuss potential eligible PhD topics please contact Dr Susan Riding.


2022 College of Science Awards for Service

2022 College of Science Awards for Service are now open for nominations of both academic and professional staff. Further information on the awards is available on the College Intranet.


Australia India Research Students Fellowship Program

The Australia India Institute is delivering the Australia India Research Students Fellowship Program. Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, it will support emerging researchers from India and Australia to undertake short-term research exchanges. Seventy fellowships will be awarded, with 35 awards available to research students and early-career researchers from higher education institutions in each country. 

AIRS Fellows will undertake a research project during an exchange of 4 to 8 weeks, to be completed by mid-October 2023. Awards of between $6,200 and $7,600 are available to Australian participants, depending on the length of stay in India. Applications are now open via the Australian Researcher Cooperation Hub-India, a digital platform developed by the Institute, and will close on 13 November.

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The 27th Canberra International Physics Summer School (CIPSS) on “Fields and Particles” will be hosted by the Research School of Physics at the Australian National University in Canberra over the two weeks of January 9-20th, 2023.

Registration is open and free, and will close 28th October.

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CPAS Science Communication PhD Workshop: Open for Registrations for CoS/CHM PhD Candidates

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) is hosting its annual 2-day Science Communication workshop for PhD candidates from SHM schools.

We are calling for registrations from SHM PhD candidates for this workshop, to be held on 22 and 23 November 2022 from 9am to 5pm each day in STB 2, Science Teaching Building #136.

To express your interest in attending the workshop, please email Places are currently limited to 50 participants.

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College Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

Mornings - RM Team

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Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR)

On Thursday 29 September 2022, the University gave notice that it is commencing bargaining in relation to a new enterprise agreement.

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.


ANU Costing and Pricing Approvals Tool

Reminder to all ANU Costing and Pricing Approvals tool (CPA) users to update your Department within the tool to ensure the CPA approvals process goes smoothly next time you apply for or receive funding.

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End of Year Purchasing Schedule

Please note the end of year purchasing schedule – for an easy and smooth book keeping for 2022. 

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When completing the ANU reimbursement form, there are a couple of things to note...

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Departmental seminars

Associate Professor Dimi Culcer - 27 October
“Spin transfer torques and spin-Hall effect due to the bulk states of topological insulators”
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Director's Colloquium - 25 October

Quantum nanophotonics with Hexagonal Boron Nitride - Professor Igor Aharonovich

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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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Making Dark Matter Come to Light - High School Student Art Competition 

Entry is open to students in Years 7, 8 and 9, or Years 10, 11 and 12, with prizes awarded in each category.

Applicants can use what they’ve learnt from the Dark Matter website and any other resources to produce a unique and original artwork to represent their interpretation of a Dark Matter particle.

The competition closes on Dark Matter Day (31st October 2022). 

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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. Inform your supervisor or course convenor.

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


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