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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 31 | 31 August–4 September 2015


Director's Colloquium - 3 September

From curiosity to mega industries - the laser as a tool with no limits - Emeritus Prof Hans Bachor

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Departmental seminars

Fr Louise Caruana - 2 September
Contrasting Logics: the role of counter-evidence in science and religion
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2015 Physics Education Centre Planning Day

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

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John Carver Seminar Series 2015 - first call for nominations

The Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday 23 September 2015 from 9.30am in the Finkel Theatre, JSCMR Building 131. Participating students are expected to present a 15 minute talk on their research. The talks are not followed by questions. Prizes and Certificates will be on offer for the best and most popular student presentations (judge’s vote and audience vote). The winners may be invited to present their talk at the equivalent competition run by the NSW branch of the Australian Institute of Physics or at a regular meeting of the ACT branch of the Australian Institute of Physics.


Closing date for nominations is 9 September 2015.

Students who wish to participate should forward their presentation title to by 16 September 2015 to enable us to finalise the program.


Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowships 2015

The deadline for Applications for the ANN Overseas Travel Fellowships is Monday 31 August 2015.

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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

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)
The current round of Collaborative Research Projects under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) is open for applications from 20 August to 15 October 2015. Two types of fund are available: Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund and Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund. Funding of $500,000–$1,000,000 is available to each successful Australian applicant, up to 3 years. Please let Thu Roberts (Huxley Research Management) know if you are interested in applying by 2 September. More information can be found here

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).


2016 ANU Alumni Awards now open

Nominations will be open until Midnight (AEST) 31 October 2015 in the following categories:

  • Alumnus of the Year (the highest honour)
  • Alumnus of the Year – Philanthropy
  • Alumnus of the Year – Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Alumnus of the Year – Research or Academia
  • International Alumnus of the Year
  • Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Student of the Year

Nomination forms, eligibility and criteria can be found at -

Recipients will be announced at the 2016 ANU Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday 19 March 2016 at Old Parliament House.

For RSPE nominations contact: Kavitha Robinson, E:




RSPCA Cupcake Day

Monday 31 August 2015 : 1030am
Oliphant Tea Room, Builiding #60 Mills Rd
Come and support this worthy cause.  Donations can also be made here



Nuclear Physics (NP)
Ms Petra Rickman who departs NP (temporarily) on a 6 month secondment to the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies.  We wish Petra well and welcome Ms Gaye Carney who will acting DA for this period.



Non Linear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Mr Matthias Ehrnsperger, a visiting student from University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg Germany. Mr Ehrnsperger will visit NLPC for a month.



Laser Physics Centre
To Associate Prof Stephen Madden who has been appointed to Senior Fellow.



Staff movements

Directors Office
Mr Rana Ganguly
will be on leave 28 August - 8 September 2015. Mr Graeme Cornish will be Acting School Manager during this period.

Applied Maths
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard
will be absent from 29 August - 9 September 2015. Professor David Williams will be Acting HoD during this period.

Centre for Plasma and Fluids
Prof Michael Shats, Dr. Nicolas Francois,
and Dr. Hua Xia will attend the 15th European Turbulence Conference in Delft (The Netherlands) 24-28 August. They will be traveling after the meeting to undertake collaborative research. Prof Christine Charles will be Acting HoD 22 August -7 September 2015
A/Prof Matthew Hole, Dr Brett Layden and Zhisong Qu will be presenting at the 14th IAEA Technical Meeting on Energetic Particles in Vienna from 1-4 September 2015.

Electronic Materials Engineering
Prof Hoe Tan will be on leave 31 August - 3 Septmber 2015.  Assoc Prof Jodie Bradby will be Acting HoD for this period.

Ms Julie Arnold will be on leave 24 August - 4 September 2015.

Laser Physics
Ms Sonia Padrun will be on leave 26 August - 6 October 2015.  For assistance during this period please contact Ms Uyen Nguyen (DA PRL, CPF & AMPL) Ext 52480/52403 or Ms Julie Arnold (DA EME) Ext 50020

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 53062



The following OH&S training course:

  • Compressed gas and Cryogenics safety (OHSA04) 3 September

 Registration via HORUS


ATEM Networking Night in Canberra

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Wednesday 2 September 2015 4.30-6pm
University of Canberra, Building 26, 27 Thynne St, Bruce ACT
Drinks and Nibbles commencing at 4:30 pm for a 5:00pm start.
Entry fee: $10 non-members
Free to members



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