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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 29 | 17–21 August 2015


2015 Physics Project Market Day

Tuesday 18 August 2015 - Melville Hall
11.30am - 2pm

As part of Science Week 2015 Physics ANU presents 'Physics Project Market Day'.  Please come along and support this valuable event.

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Future of Physics at ANU - Wednesday 19 August

The Director will introduce his strategy for a shared vision for the school during a series of open presentations commencing Wednesday 19 August lasting 20 minutes, followed by freeform Q&A. 

One of Tim's aims will be to illustrate the path to a School strategic research plan, in which we identify firstly the chief scientific drivers in each department. Towards the end of the year we will draw these drivers together to identify synergies and look for new opportunities.  The backdrop for these discussions is of course, the planning around the new physics precinct.

Please join Tim on Wednesday 19 August 12.30pm in the Link Seminar Room, #60 Mills Road, ANU.


Centre for Plasma and Fluids (CPF)

It is my pleasure to announce a new Department within RSPE, the Centre for Plasma and Fluids (CPF) to be led by Professor Michael Shats.  CPF brings together the strengths of three existing research groups: Physics of Fluids Laboratory, Division of Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion (SP3), and Plasma Theory and Modeling Group.  Ms Uyen Nguyen will provide shared administrative support for this group.  It is not often that we create a new Department and welcome the chance to discover new opportunities this re-imagining will bring.  I wish Michael and his colleagues all the very best in this new venture.



Three Minute Thesis Finals 2015

Students from the Colleges of Science will compete for a place in the ANU 3MT final to be held  Tuesday 18 August, 2pm in the Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR

Please come and show support for RSPE’s 12 3MT finalists:

Michael Barson, Ali Haji Khanmirzaei, Roman Khakimov, Jack Li, Rex Li, Zhisong Qu, Lyle Roberts, Matt Thompson, Alexander Thorman, James Titchener, Alexis Tuen and Sherman Wong.

The event will be followed by pizza and drinks in the JCSMR tearoom


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)




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

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Departmental seminars

Professor Vince Craig - 28 August
Research in the nanobubbles field, including recent work in the group
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Staff movements

Work Health Safety
Mr Anthony Hyde will be on leave 14 August - 18 September 2015.  For urgent matters, please contact
Dr Horst Punzman (Chair, RSPE WHS Committee) 0410 693 011 or Mr Graeme Cornish Ext x53062

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



The following OH&S training course:

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

 Registration via HORUS


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


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

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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