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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 5 | 8–12 February 2016


ICONN 2016

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2016) will be held in Canberra during 7-11 February 2016.  ICONN2016 will feature an impressive list of plenary speakers (eight) including 2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Professor William Moerner, Stanford University and Dr. Heike Riel, Director of Physical Sciences, IBM Zurich.

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Mr Ali Mirzaei, PhD NLPC, on being awarded his Australian Citizenship and personnaly greeted by PM Malcolm Turnbull at recent Australia Day celebrations.  

The PM chatted with him about the importance of the innovation. Ali also gave an interview on Skynews.


Dr Mark Lockrey on recieving the Trans-Tasman Bursary from ProSciTech at the ACMM 2016 conference in Melbourne. 

The Bursary was initiated by ProSciTech in 1998 to support young scientists undertaking important work in Microscopy.

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HDR Student Office
Ms Helen Wong assisting Karen Nulty.  Helen will be working 8am-4pm on Friday's.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Marika Schleberger, University of Duisburg, visiting EME until 1 April 2016.  Marika will be collaborating with Prof Patrick Kluth on the project ‘Graphene composite membranes’.

Professor Suk-Ho Choi and students Mr Jong Min Kim, Mr Chan Wook Jang and Mr Jun Hyun Kim, Kyung Hee University, Korea. Visiting Prof Rob Elliman for two weeks.  They will also be attending ICONN2016 while in Canberra


Gender, Science and Wonder

The workshop will bring together speakers from the sciences, social sciences and humanities to examine wonder in science and its gendered implications. It will explore questions ranging from gender equity in STEMM disciplines to the kinds of gendered understandings that shape knowledge in science and technology.


Highlights include keynote presentations by Professor Catherine Waldby and Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, a public lecture by visiting scholar Dr Astrida Neimanis, a panel on wonder and equity in science, and a workshop by Robogals on making LEGO robots and involving girls in engineering.

11-12 February 2016
Seminar Room 1, Australian Centre for China in the World, ANU
Registration: Please register for venue and catering purposes here.

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From 4 January there was action aplenty around Physics North as the Australian Science Olympiad program started. The students, mainly from Year 10, complete the equivalent of a 6 point unit in three weeks as they compete for a place in the International Olympiad team that represents Australia. In 2015 the team travelled to India. ANU is a major sponsor of the organisation and the Chemistry Olympiad students were here as well.


College Research Management

The Research Management (RM) team provides administrative and strategic support for research activities within the College. Please refer to useful links on the College RM intranet.




RSPE Seminar - 9 February

The Story of Single Molecules, from Early Spectroscopy in Solids, to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond - Professor W.E. Moerner, Nobel Laureate

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Departmental seminars

Professor Heinrich Hora - 10 February
Environmentally Clean and Economic Energy by Boron Fusion with Peta-Exawatt Laser Pulses
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The science of optics: the history of art

US Professor of Optical Sciences and Physics at the University of Arizona, Charles Falco discusses his collaboration with world renowned artist, David Hockney and their unravelling of the optical secrets of paintings by van Eyck, Bellini and Caravaggio.

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6pm
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia
Free Entry

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The Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) conference is the premier annual meeting in Australia and New Zealand, where leading, as well as young, applied mathematicians gather to exchange ideas to promote and advance the application of mathematics to science, engineering and industry. In 2016, the ANZIAM conference will be held in Canberra at the QT Canberra Hotel, 7-11 February.

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Training course:

  • WHS training for supervisors and Fieldwork (OHSG35)
  • 25 February 2016

Registration via HORUS



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