Dear {Contact_First_Name},

The Government’s response to the ARC review was released in late August. It was pleasing to see that all key recommendations of the review will be implemented. This includes changes the AIP advocated for, such as the removal of a ministerial veto over research grants. It is welcome news for the Australian research community.

September is a busy month for the AIP Women in Physics Tour, as Dr Karen Livesey delivers public lectures and school talks across ACT, NSW, SA and Tas. See the dates below and join Karen to hear how nano-magnets are solving problems in medicine, technology and more.

The AIP NSW branch has a number of awards on offer, particularly for early-career researchers and graduates. If you are in NSW, I encourage you to apply, or to nominate a colleague or student.

Finally, a reminder that the AIP Summer Meeting will be held in Canberra in the first week of December. Don’t forget to send in your abstracts! The submission deadline is 25 September.

Best wishes,

Nicole Bell
President, Australian Institute of Physics


ARC review: all recommendations to be implemented

The Government’s response to the final report of the ARC review was released on 20 August 2023.

“The report is very welcome news,” said AIP President Nicole Bell. “The Government intends to implement all the key recommendations of the ARC review, including changes that the Australian Institute of Physics advocated for.”

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Nano-magnets Women in Physics tour

Adelaide, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney and Tasmania are the next stops on the Women in Physics (WIP) Lecture tour with Dr Karen Livesey.

Confirmed dates are on the WIP webpage.

Tasmanian events will be announced soon, including school visits and a public lecture at the University of Tasmania on Friday 22 September.


Student & outreach awards: AIP NSW

AIP’s NSW branch is calling for nominees for their:

  • Postgraduate awards
  • Best graduating student
  • Community outreach to physics award.

All award nominations are due by 7 October. Details and nomination forms are available on the AIP NSW branch web page.

Read more.


News and opportunities

Deadline extended for 2023 ANZCOP-AIP Summer meeting: Submit your abstracts by 25 September. Read more.

Year 12 physics articles or essays: In the final issue of 2023, Australian Physics Magazine will publish one engaging article that demonstrates excellent critical thinking and research skills. Contact the editors Submissions close Friday 15 September.

‘Mind-Bending Light’, a stall with hands-on optics demonstrations attracted over 750 visitors at the Adelaide Showgrounds for Science Alive! This was the first time the AIP’s South Australian branch joined the show. Read more.

Looking to re-train as a teacher of physics, mathematics, engineering studies or industrial technology – metal and/or timber? Apply for the NSW Government Teach and Learn Scholarship (High Demand Subject Areas) and be financially supported while you study. Read more.

2024 IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Mathematical Physics recognises exceptional achievements in mathematical physics up to eight years post PhD (excluding career interruptions). Nominate by 30 September. Read more.

Vale Emeritus Professor John White AO 1937–2023. We were saddened to learn of the recent death of John White, FAIP, whose research focused on the application of neutron scattering to a wide variety of problems in chemistry. Read more.

Apply for Sydney Quantum Academy’s PhD Scholarships: undertake interdisciplinary coursework across partner unis, and benefit from career development funds, specialised training sessions, seminars and networking events. Apply by 2 October. Read more.

AIP photography competition: Calling all physicists, shutterbugs, and cosmic creators! Do you have a photo that showcases a physics concept that you've been dying to show off more widely? Enter it in our photography competition for a chance to have your photo featured on our homepage and our emails in 2024. Your image will be linked to a description and credited. Submit your images to by 1 November.


                From post-war downturn to ‘renaissance’ of the 60s: a life focused on optics

                Emeritus Professor Ross C McPhedran – Lifetime Fellow of the AIP.  #PhysicsGotMeHere

                “I opted to do Physics, despite being told I was mad. It was a time when physicists were begging in the streets as there was a downturn in demand for physicists, due to weapons treaties between the US and the USSR,” says AIP Lifetime Fellow, Ross McPhedran.

                Ross’ career then joined the ‘renaissance’ of optics “partly due to the invention of the laser and its emerging applications like holography and metrology,” he says.

                Read more about Ross’ career highlights and tips.

                Do you know someone with training in #physics who has followed an interesting career path outside of academia? We would love to profile them for our #PhysicsGotMeHere career profiles, which explore all the places your physics training can take you. Get in touch.


                Upcoming events

                Claire Corani Memorial Public Lecture - Women in Physics Lecture Tour | Adelaide | 6 Sep

                Public Lecture: Nano-magnets for biomedicine | Canberra | 11 Sep

                ANU Directors Colloquium – Analytic theories for magnetic skyrmions | Canberra | 11 Sep

                Women in Physics National Lecture Tour - "Magnetic Nanoparticles for the 21st Century" | Wollongong | 13 Sep

                Public Lecture: Magnetic nanoparticles – new materials to address biomedical and technological problems | Sydney | 14 Sep

                Physics Careers Night | Melbourne | 14 Sep

                International Conference of Physics Students 2023 | Philippines | 7-13 Sep

                Chemistry in the Pub | Canberra | 19 Sep

                Women in Physics lecture with Dr Karen Livesey | Hobart | 22 Sep (details TBA)

                RACI/AIP Annual Presidents’ Dinner | Concord | 6 Oct

                9th Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology | Kingscliff, NSW | 16-20 Oct

                Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference | Gold Coast | 29 Oct to 2 Nov

                6th International Conference on Quantum Error Correction | Sydney | 30 Oct to 3 Nov

                AIP NSW 2023 Annual Postgraduate Awards | Concord | 14 Nov

                International Conference on Quantum Energy | Melbourne | 4-6 Dec

                ANZCOP–AIP Summer meeting | Canberra | 4-8 Dec

                46th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting | Wagga Wagga | 6-9 Feb 2024.

                Are you running an event? Email the details to your branch chair or so it can be posted on the AIP website. Some of the events are profiled in our monthly newsletter and shared through the AIP social media accounts.


                  Australian physics in the news

                  Female scientists found to be almost entirely absent from Australian high school curriculum (The Guardian)

                  Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Appointment joins ARC team (ARC Media Release)

                  Australia gets irradiation beamline to test space equipment's resilience to heavy particles in Earth's orbit (ABC News)

                  First Nations internship at NASA for engineering student Lincoln Bourke (University of Sydney)

                  A Background ‘Hum’ Pervades the Universe. Scientists Are Racing to Find Its Source (Scientific American)

                  Superconductor or super-suss? The strange story of LK-99, the internet’s new scientific obsession (The Sydney Morning Herald)


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