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  • 1 Sep 2021 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great regret that we are informing you that colleague and friend Ian Bassett passed away on 26 August after a short illness.

    Ian’s career in optics was very varied: he joined the theoretical physics department at the University of Sydney in the 1960s, he was one of the founders of the Optical Fibre Technology Centre, he led fibre sensor R&D in the Australian Photonics CRC working with ABB, and later played a key role in the start-up Smart Digital Optics (SDO) which was acquired by an international company.

    The last decades of his career were largely devoted to developing a fibre optic current sensor for use in the electricity industry. It started as a PhD project and was ultimately the key product of SDO. For this work he was awarded the AIP’s inaugural Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry.

    Ian was a gentleman and an outstanding colleague and mentor to many junior colleagues, including us.

    Simon Fleming, Martijn de Sterke.

    (Dr Ian Bassett was AIP Secretary from 1985-1989)

  • 1 Sep 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    The AIP is very excited to announce the following awards:


    2019 Walter Boas Medal

    Professor Andrea Morello

    UNSW Sydney

    For Professor Morello’s world-first demonstration of quantum information processing with single spins in silicon, and for developing the fundamental components of a silicon-based quantum computer.

    2020 Walter Boas Medal

    Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn

    University of Sydney

    Professor Bland-Hawthorn laid the foundations for modern Galactic archaeology, near-field cosmology and astrophotonics, a field that lies at the interface of photonics and astronomical instrumentation.


    2019 Bragg Gold Medal

    Dr Samuel Gorman

    University of New South Wales

    For Dr Gorman’s thesis entitled: "Charge and spin dynamics in multi-donor systems"

    2020 Bragg Gold Medal

    Dr Alexander Bray

    Australian National University

    For Dr Bray’s thesis entitled: “Strong field sub-femtosecond electronic processes”


    2018 TH Laby Medal

    Felicity Lee

    Australian National University

    For her thesis entitled: “Pulsed Hydrogen Plasmas: Modelling and Experiment”.


    Albert Zhou

    University of Sydney

    For his thesis entitled: “The Cosmological Electroweak Phase Transition in a Scale-Invariant Standard Model”.

    2019 TH Laby Medal

    Simon White

    University of Technology Sydney

    For his thesis entitled: “Efficient Tomography of Quantum Dots in Photonic Chips”

    2020 TH Laby Medal

    Matthew Goh

    Australian National University

    For his thesis entitled: “Feedback Control of atomic Fermi Gases”

    We congratulate these award winners on their achievements.  

  • 1 Sep 2021 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Fifteen DECRA applications and 17 Future Fellowship applications were ruled ineligible in this round because they cited preprints such as arXiv papers.

    “If you rip [money] out of physics, that’s bad to begin with. But doing it at the point where we have early career researchers establishing themselves is the worst thing you can do. That’s what we live on, bringing good new people into the system,” said Sven Rogge in an article by The Times Higher Education:
    Toll of ARC’s preprints rule revealed. Fears for physics pipeline, as 32 researchers relinquish up to $22m for citing preprints.

    On behalf of the Australian physics, astronomy, chemistry and mathematics communities, the AIP, ASA, RACI and AustMS coordinated a letter to the Australian Research Council to protest the ruling.

    It’s also been picked up by various media outlets including The Guardian.

  • 24 Aug 2021 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    A letter to the Australian Research Council regarding the eligibility of grant proposals that reference preprints has been coordinated by the AIP, ASA, RACI and AustMS, on behalf on the Australian Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics communities.  It is available here:  The letter has been co-signed by leaders in these disciplines at universities across Australia. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Thanks also to those who reached out to the AIP to let us know their stories.

  • 19 Aug 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We are aware that a significant number of DECRA and Future Fellowship applications were ruled ineligible in this round because they cited preprints such as arXiv papers. We consider this to be completely at odds with the way modern science operates, especially in the field of Physics where arXiv papers are used routinely. The AIP is currently working on a more formal response on this issue, in coordination with other stakeholders. Please reach out to the AIP ( urgently if you have any input on this topic.

  • 19 Aug 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Institute of Physics would like to congratulate all recipients of the recently announced ARC Future Fellowships and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, and express commiserations to those who were unsuccessful in this round. It was great to see 7 Future Fellowships and 11 DECRAs awarded in Physical Sciences this year. These projects are vital to the continued development of Australia’s outstanding physics community and provide excellent career opportunities for those selected. We are excited to see where these projects take Physics in Australia.

  • 2 Aug 2021 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Equity and diversity issues must be taken seriously, says the ANU School of Physics.

    In a statement, the school says its staff and students “aim to create a culture where our staff and students can work and study in an inclusive environment regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.”

    More details here.

  • 2 Aug 2021 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    Time is running out to take part in a survey to forge policy futures for quantum technology in Australia.

    The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems wants to hear from Australia-based quantum researchers, industry stakeholders and associated professionals about the ethical and policy challenges posed by quantum technologies. Have your say by completing a short set of questions here.

    Deadline for taking part is August 20.

    More information about the project is available on the UQ SMP website.

  • 2 Aug 2021 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Unlocking the secrets of rock physics through seismic surveys has earned Curtin University scientist Boris Gurevich a major award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

    Distinguished Professor Gurevich was presented with the Reginald Fessenden Award, for individuals who have made major contributions to exploration geophysics, such as an invention or a theoretical or conceptual advancement.

    The award recognised his work over several decades, which has helped usher in advancements in the exploration and monitoring of underground oil, gas and groundwater resources, and the geological storage of CO2.

  • 2 Aug 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    National Science Week runs from August 14 to 22 and, as always, physics is well represented around the nation.

    Astrophysicists Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen, for instance, will be giving guided tours of the universe courtesy of a virtual reality phone app.

    Scientist and entertainer Rachel Rayner Science Explainer is gearing up to amuse, inform and entertain with a thrilling exploration of photons and quantum weirdness.

    And actor Lauren Gunderson is preparing a stunning bio-play about Eighteenth Century physicist Emilie du Châtelet.

    For a full rundown of physics fun head to the National Science Week website here . Make sure you double-check details, though. Lockdown conditions may move some events online.

AIP news and bulletin posts prior to 20 June 2021 can be found here.

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