The Australian Institute of Physics is dedicated to promoting the role of physics in research, education, industry and the community.
We do this through advocacy, encouraging investment in physics, organising research meetings and conferences, supporting physics teachers, recognising distinguished contributions to physics, and more.
But, as a member-based organisation, we know our members are the key to our success, and we constantly strive to ensure we are providing the best possible benefits for AIP members.
It also gives me great pleasure in this edition to highlight the work of our two most recently elevated Fellows of the AIP.
- Dr Maria Parappilly, from Flinders University and the current head of our Physics Education Group, has done fantastic work raising awareness about the importance of having women and good role models in physics, and the importance of education.
- Professor Chris McConville is Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation in the College of Science, Engineering and Health at RMIT University and is a widely respected researcher into novel semiconducting materials.
I am also very proud of two Australian physicists who were honoured with the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours list: Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO from the University of Queensland and Professor Jai Singh AM from Charles Darwin University. Halina received the honour for her work in laser physics and nano-optics as a researcher, mentor and academic – she was also one of the organisers of the last AIP Congress. Jai received the award for his work in physics education, as an academic and researcher to professional scientific organisations. Congratulations Halina and Jai.
Read on for more about the recipients of these awards, and for events around the country where you can hear from some of our best physicists, as well as those visiting from overseas.
Finally, I’d like to urge all AIP members to submit an abstract for the AIP Congress in December. The line-up for the Congress is looking great, so make sure you get your name on the list of speakers – the deadlines for abstract submissions is 15 July.
President, Australian Institute of Physics