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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 28 | 10–14 August 2015


3MT Congratulations

On Tuesday 4 August 2015 13 RSPE students participated in the School’s annual international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition showcasing their research. The School thanks all students who participated in the event, with all of them doing a wonderful job. At the end two students were rewarded for their efforts and they are Sherman Wong the Overall Winner, with Lyle Roberts the People’s Choice Winner. We anticipate that all RSPE 3MT participants will proceed to the CMBE-CPMS College heat and encourage everyone to come and support your students in the afternoon of the 18 August at 2pm in the Finkel Lecture Theatre (JCSMR Building).


Director's Colloquium - 20 August

Collective locomotion and decision making in micro-organisms - Professor Jean-Marc Di Meglio

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School Seminar Program - 20 August

Engineering Nonlinear Response at Nanoscale - Dr Mohsen Rahmani

» read more


2015 Physics Education Centre Planning Day

Friday 18 September 2015
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Cultural Centre
Lady Denman Drive, Canberra

This year’s event offers an opportunity for staff to engage with the planning process, to provide their perspective and ideas and discuss some major directions we are pursuing.  i.e.

  • ANU and RSPE strategic directions in research led education
  • engagement with China and regional universities
  • photonics program
  • implementation of the high level physics curriculum and the new courses in mathematics

Please reserve the date in your calendars, and reply to Laura Walmsley no later than Friday 11 September including any special dietary requirements.

John Close, Deputy Director (Education)


Student Funding opportunity

Ben Williams student support grant
Is now available for all undergraduate and post graduate physics students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. The fund will provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing health and well-being difficulties that are preventing them from completing their program. Applications are accepted all year round.

Further information and to apply:
T: +612 6125 5195 / +612 6125 1315




Baxter 2015

The Department of Theoretical Physics organised the "Baxter 2015: Exactly Solved Models and Beyond" conference held in Palm Cove 19-25 July 2015. The conference was a great success and was in honour of Rodney Baxter’s 75th birthday. The Conference attracted leading scientists from around the globe to pay tribute to Rodney's pioneering work on exactly solved models in statistical mechanics, which continues to inspire remarkable developments in both physics and mathematics.



Non Linear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Dr Alex Poddubny Visiting Fellow (NRU for Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia). Dr Poddubny is will visit NLPC for 6 weeks.


Staff movements

Facilities & Services
Ms Lyndell Paseka will be on leave 27 July - 28 August 2015.  Mr Ben Parker will be assisting during this period.


Departmental seminars

Dr Rob Sewell - 7 August
Generation of a macroscopic spin singlet in a cold atomic ensemble
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Dr C├ędric Simenel - 12 August
Counting particles in microscopic systems
» read more



The following OH&S training course:

  • Corrosives (OHSA07) 31 August
  • Compressed gas and Cryogenics safety (OHSA04) 3 September

 Registration via HORUS


Funding Opportunities

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Programme (ITRP)
Applications for ARC ITRP Research Hubs and Research Training Centres, to support industry-engaged research and training of HDR students and postdoctoral researchers aligned with the Industry Growth Centres, are expected to open in September and close in November. ANU will provide strategic support to develop competitive proposals via an EOI process similar to the support provided for ARC CoEs. Please complete the two-page EOI template (Hubs, Centres) for both ANU-led and externally-led bids and return to Jan Shaddock by 24 August.

ARC Linkage Projects
Applications for ARC Linkage Projects may open in mid-September and close in mid-November. If you are interested in applying (both ANU-led and externally-led bids) please notify

Research Professional – ‘Google for grants’
A senior representative from Research Professional will conduct an interactive and informative seminar on Wednesday 12 August 2015 from 2-4pm at Lecture Theatre 2, Ground Floor, Hedley Bull Centre (Building 130), Garran Road, ANU.  Research Professional is an online database of research funding opportunities and a source of international research policy and practice news. It enables you to search available funding opportunities and to narrow your search to match your specific needs.
RSVP to Anna Boots or Stewart Hilton

ANU – COST Travel Grant Scheme
ANU has exclusively partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to deliver support of up to $7,000 for ANU researchers to participate in EU COST Actions. Participation in COST can lead to engagement in major projects and initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and the European Research Council. Further information is available here (ANU login).

Call for Brazil collaboration proposals
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support ANU researchers to develop direct researcher-to-researcher collaborations with Brazil. Up to eight grants will be awarded, with the applications closing 28 August 2015. Further information is available here (ANU login).



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