Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:49am

Bulletin. Science Week kicks off on Saturday 13 August and runs until the following Sunday 21 August.

Federally, things have settled down following last month's election, with Government departments no longer in caretaker mode.

We are looking forward to working with Greg Hunt, the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. It was great to see him visit Questacon almost immediately after he was appointed and hear him speak on how critical science and innovation are to Australia’s future prosperity. His instruction to the CSIRO to renew its focus on climate science is also very encouraging.

There is a wealth of great physics coming up in this year's Joint Asia-Pacific Physics Conference and AIP Congress in Brisbane in early December. With the deadline for abstracts having just passed, we have almost 650 abstracts received for presentations and posters. More regarding the Congress below.

Meanwhile this year's AIP Women in Physics guest lecturer, Catalina Curceanu, continues to enlighten students and the public on dark energy and particle physics at venues across the country. See below for details about Catalina's talks, as well as the Queensland Branch's Youth Lecture Tour and the laser-shows being held in Townsville, Cairns and Atherton to celebrate the centenary of Nobel Physics Laureate Aleksandr Prokhorov's birth.

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:23pm

Rediscovering the physicist born one century ago today in Far North Queensland who went on win a Nobel Prize for his role in the invention of the laser.

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:50pm

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.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:13am

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).

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 - 3:31pm

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.