Are you coming to the Physics Congress this year? If so you will be pleased to hear that the deadlines for early-bird registration and abstract submission have been extended to 18 July. There is more information about the joint meeting later in this bulletin.
Two great physics tours coming up will bring the search for exoplanets and alien life to Queensland (John Mainstone youth lecture tour) and dark energy and particle physics to venues across the country (the AIP Women in Physics tour). See below for details.
Congratulations to Don Melrose of the University of Sydney, who has been awarded the Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Prize of the Association of Asia-Pacific Physics Societies' Division of Plasma Physics.
With Warrick away this month, I am taking on the task of writing to you on behalf of the AIP Executive. As current AIP Vice President it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the wider physics community, beyond my day job as Director of the Australian Synchrotron – there is always so much activity underway in Australian physics.
Last month’s Federal Budget included new funding for some important physics infrastructure projects. See later in this bulletin for details, as well as an excellent analysis from the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).
Congratulations to AIP Fellows Ian Allison, Ben Eggleton and Susan Scott, and AIP Executive member Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, who have been elected new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science – announced this morning.
This Bulletin is being distributed at an eventful time. Firstly, it was very pleasing to hear last week that CSIRO will establish a newClimate Science Centre in Hobart, which will focus on climate modelling and projections for Australia, exploiting both national and international research expertise. This is in response to the rather negative feedback CSIRO received from its stakeholders and staff on the job cuts it proposed to make in the climate change area – announced in February.
Coupled with this good news is the establishment of a scientific committee to advise Government on the future direction of Australia’s climate science capability and research priorities.
And then we look forward with anticipation to this week’s Federal Budget and what initiatives it will contain for science and research, followed by the policy announcements in this area by all the major political parties in the run up to what is almost certain to be a general election in early July.
I am delighted to be able to announce the winner of this year’s AIP Bragg Gold Medal for thebest PhD thesis in Physics in Australia. It is Dr Phiala Shanahan for her thesis entitled “Strangeness and Charge Symmetry Violation in Nucleon Structure”, completed at the University of Adelaide.