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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 48 | 5–9 December 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

My apologies, I was too slow to make the Monday press. All for the better as it turns out and I can now share some more news.

First of all, a reminder (see below) that the Women* in Physics Group at ANU are delighted to host two Nobel Laureates in physics Dr Donna Strickland and Professor Brian Schmidt for a discussion on "Inspiring Leadership" in Auditorium of the new Physics building. There will be a chance for the audience to ask questions, and following the discussion there will be a morning tea. Register on EventBrite.

Last Tuesday we hosted the Defence Industry Council annual tour. My deep gratitude to the Honourable A/Professor Kate Lundy for orchestrating a truly excellent engagement with 35 of Australia’s top Defence companies. Those gathered in the foyer witnessed a “speed briefing”  in which our NCRIS capabilities, MakerSpace and Centres of Excellence joined our spin-off companies, as well as significant Canberra deep tech companies in a brilliant (and speedy) summary of an incredible regional capability. This social event gave many research groups easy access to potential new partners. It was huge fun and a great success, we will definitely be running this style of event again.

All academic staff are invited to join the convocation, the stage precession for graduation, led by the Chancellor, the Honourable Prof Julie Bishop and our VC, Prof Brian Schmidt. It’s a great way to celebrate our students’ achievements. I can highly recommend the experience. Registration for the Academic Procession. A schedule for each ceremony is included on the registration form. Registration will close on Friday 9th December at 5pm.

Finally, the ANU AUKUS steering group and working party met for an end of year celebration on the terrace after an intensive year. It has been a pure joy to see this five-College endeavour work so productively and certainly has made me very proud to be at ANU.

Don’t forget the School morning tea on Wednesday at 1030 in the new foyer. I will be thanking some of our long-serving colleagues, and of course be announcing the Director’s awards.

Best regards,


Purchasing, Stores & Finance Holiday Break Calendar

Please do not wait till the last minute to think about your purchases and invoices that need payment. There are lots of things that need doing at the end the year. Please also keep in mind that Concur transations have been taking up to 7 days to appear.

Please 'read more' for the purchasing, stores and finance holiday break calendar for 2022.

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Join the Australian Academy of Science for a public lecture by Frew Fellow and Nobel Laureate, Prof Donna Strickland.

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2022
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT

Book to attend this event

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Save The Dates - Wed 7th & Thurs 8th December

We are excited to welcome a very special guest to the school next week - Nobel Laureate Prof Donna Strickland.

Save the dates for these two events:

Dec 7th - Afternoon Tea - Q&A Meet and Greet with Nobel Laureate Prof Donna Strickland - Student Only Event -

Dec 8th - Panel Discussion and Morning Tea with Prof Brian Schmidt and Prof Donna Strickland

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Applications Open - Discovery Projects Commencing in 2024

Applications for Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2024 are now open in the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). 

If you have not submitted an NoI but in the interim have decided to apply (including as part of an external application submitted by another university), please submit your NoI as soon as possible.

Those who’ve notified Research Management will receive direct email communication containing important information for applicants.


ANU Physicist Shows Einstein The Easy Way To Solve Equation

It’s one of Einstein’s defining moments, when his new theory of general relativity solved a longstanding puzzle, a discrepancy in Mercury’s orbit compared with Newtonian mechanics.

But Einstein calculated it the hard way, Dr Michael Hall has shown, in the American Journal of Physics.

With a simple approximation, Dr Hall, from the Department of Fundamental and Theoretical Physics has reduced the calculation of Mercury’s orbit to the same level as Newtonian calculations, that students routinely learn. 

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Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for ARC and NHMRC Schemes

The College of Science Research Office (CRO) is now inviting notices of intent (NoIs) for the following schemes.

If you wish to apply for any of the below schemes, please complete this short form. The form should take less than a minute to complete per application you intend to submit.

Contact the Research Management team for further information.

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Physics North is in need of more First Aid Officers. If you are a first aider, or would like to be, please contact Christian Notthoff for more information.


Applications Open - JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023.

The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

The program aims to help such researchers advance their own work, while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.

Application deadline is 4pm (AEDT) Monday 12 December 2022.

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Australia Awards Fellowships Application - Now Open

Please note that applications for the Australia Awards Fellowships are now open, closing 22nd of January 2023. The maximum amount available per fellow is $30,000. ANU can submit 5 applications, with each application having a maximum of 15 fellowships. 

Fellowships can be for short-term study/training, professional development and related activities, with a minimum duration of 2 weeks (up to 52 weeks) and 70% of the activities taking place in Australia. Priority areas are Climate change and resilience (including green energy transition), Health and health security, Gender equality and social inclusion, Digital economy (including cyber and critical technology engagement), Maritime and the blue economy, and, Infrastructure and connectivity.  

See here for further details.

If you have any interest in applying for this round please contact the Research Management team a soon as possible as application limits apply. 

Please reach out to if you have any queries. 




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College Hot Desking In Physics

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

Mornings - RM Team

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

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Director's Awards Morning Tea - 7 December

10:30am - Bldg. 160 Foyer


School Seminar Program - 8 December

Nonreciprocal control of light with nanotechnology - Dr Sergey Kruk

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Panel Discussion & Morning Tea - 8 December

with Prof Brian Schmidt and Prof Donna Strickland -

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Departmental seminars

Mr John Holmes - 8 December
Mesoscale deformation and damage characterisation of woven fibre-reinforced composites
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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 

Mim Ellen-Barwell - 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

5-9| Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT)
12 | Preparing for the academic job market
15 | PostAc: How to get a non-academic job

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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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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.

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Andrew Papworth Prize Endowment - Open for Donations

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.


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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