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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 44 | 7–11 November 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Some spectacular news to start the week with, the ARC has awarded $35M to support a further seven years of funding for OzGrav!! Congratulations to our CGA Team and colleagues at RSAA for their ambitious new science program. It is fabulous to see this strategic RSAA-RSPhys initiative do so very well.

My thanks to Rose Ahlefeldt, Ben Buchler, John Close, Marcus Doherty and Matt Sellars who hosted a “Quantum 101” workshop for local and federal government last Friday. My thanks to Victor Pantano who arranged the meeting in response to increasing interactions with government at all levels through targeting meetings and our responses to several national Quantum consultations recently. My thanks also to everyone who contributed to these important submissions.

As you may know the Kioloa Field Station has reopened this semester. Last week, Professors Jodie Bradby and Patrick Kluth (DMP) took their groups down to the coastal retreat for some focussed research discussions and you can see from the photos below what a convivial place it is.

This week’s pic comes from the coolant formulation room in Flexegraph, one of the tech start-ups in the School. There is an open invitation to all staff and students who would like to talk to any of the companies within Momentum. Please contact me for an intro, or just join the company teams at tea time.  

Have a great week. All the best to your undergraduate students as they step in to exams.




Survey to Capture the Demographics of the School

The School, in conjunction with the College of Science, is conducting a demographic survey in order to get a snapshot of the makeup of the staff in the School. Much of this data has not been recorded in HR records, so this is required to reveal the true demographics of the School.

The survey is anonymous and the data from the survey will be processed to ensure that nobody can be identified. The processed data will be reported to the School Director, the co-chairs of the Physics Equity and Diversity Committee and the CoS Associate Director IDEA.

If you are a full time, part time or casual staff member you can access the anonymous survey here. Your participation will ensure that we have reliable data on which to develop a hiring strategy.

Students, emeritus and honorary members of the School are not required to complete the survey. 

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Over the summer, ANU Physics and the ANU MakerSpace will be facilitating Kinetic, a funding opportunity aimed to help teams of ANU students, staff and alumni expand ideas into successful projects. This opportunity is open to all disciplines and provides up to $50k worth of funding and support to each successful team.

Each team will pitch their idea through successive rounds of public voting, with training provided along the way, before a final four winners are chosen at a live event in May.

To register your interest and find out more, click here.


Major Equipment Committee Grants Scheme

The next round of the Major Equipment Committee Grants scheme opens November 1st (Tomorrow).

Here is a list of key dates: 

  • Release of documents and applications open 1 November 2022
  • Information Session 8 November 2022
  • Applications close 31 January 2023
  • Applicant Interviews 13-17 February 2023
  • Outcomes confirmed by early March 2023

This timeline gives more opportunity for teams to fully expend budget in 2023.

An information session will be held Tuesday 8 November, 10-11am in the Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Road.

Please register attendance via RSVP email to Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link closer to the event, and the session will also be uploaded to the MEC website afterwards.

For any queries or concerns please contact the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure team on


DIN Internship Scheme Extended - Opportunity for Domestic HDR Students

Please see the link for information regarding the STEM Defence-related company internship opportunities with the Defence Innovations Network.

This opportunity is open to domestic students – to apply through this link.


ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Applications

NSW and ACT Universities collect and share information on potential ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) applications in order to identify potentially overlapping or joint bids.

Please complete the linked EOI form by Friday 18 November. Noting the timeframes, and that we are still several months out from LIEF, we are asking only for minimal information at this stage.  

Pending LE23 applications are assumed to be resubmitted if unsuccessful. You do not need to submit an EOI here if you applied for LE23 and are waiting for the outcome.

NB this form is not a Request for Strategic Funding for LE24. The LE24 strategic funds request form is currently being developed and will be separately circulated. 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Dale Holland or the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure team.


Andrew Papworth Prize Endowment - Open for Donations

We are currently in the process of establishing the Andrew Papworth Prize Endowment Fund to commemorate the outstanding contribution Andrew Papworth made to undergraduate physics at the ANU. The fund will primarily be used to award prizes to physics undergraduates for outstanding laboratory work.

If you wish to make a donation either by cashing out long service or annual leave or in cash you can do so now by contacting Kellie Takenaka. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Vince Craig.


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 


ANU Library Academic Skills - Editing Your Thesis Workshops

Tuesday 22 November 2022

  • Editing for narrative, 10.00am-12.00pm
  • Editing for style and voice, 1.00pm-3.00pm

Workshops will be run in B160, Research School of Physics, R4.03, Conference Room.

Registration is required. To register and for more information, please see the Eventbrite page.

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College Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings (10-12) - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

Mornings - RM Team

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.


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

Dr Nicolas Francois - 8 November
Recent activities in the Experimental Mechanics Laboratory
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School Seminar Program - 25 November

Topological Data Analysis: Introduction and Application - Associate Professor Vanessa Robins

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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)


HDR Update

Development & Training

8 | NVivo Introduction
8 | Journal Article Writing (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
8 | Writing in company value+
8 | Write like an Olympian: Finding your focus
9 | Journal Article Writing (Science,Technology,Engineering and Math)
10 | Publishing in Journals (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
11 | Building a second brain for writing

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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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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

Applications close on 13 November.

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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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From Previous Weeks...

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


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