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  • 15 May 2024 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Karen Siu

    The AIP welcomes Dr Karen Siu to the role of AIP Operations Manager.

    Karen holds a PhD in X-ray physics and has been an avid user of synchrotrons across Europe, Japan, the UK, and USA. More recently, she has been working in research strategy and support across industry and academia.

    Karen takes over the Operations Manager role from Nicole Reynolds, who recently finished her work with the AIP after four years of dedicated service. The Operations Manager holds a key role for the day-to-day operations of the AIP.

    "I am very much looking forward to engaging with the physics community again on a daily basis and supporting the Institute in all its endeavours."

  • 14 May 2024 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    The AIP's solar physicists and space science researchers have explained what caused the intensification of the aurora australis in Earth's atmosphere over the weekend of May 11th - 12th 2024.

    We cannot predict when solar storms or flares will occur. The variability of the Sun's spots combined with the current solar maximum to shoot coronal mass ejections towards Earth.

    Our AIP members have written:

    Will we see more intense auroras this year? The science of solar storms explained (ABC News)

    Expert Commentary: What caused so many auroras this weekend, and could we see more? (CSIRO)

    Why are auroras so hard to predict? And when can we expect more? (The Conversation)

  • 30 Apr 2024 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The submission deadline for the C. N. Yang Award 2024 is 3 June 2024. Submissions must be made to the secretary of AAPPS and the administrative office of APCTP at

    The C. N. Yang Award has been established to honour young researchers with prominent research achievements and to promote the development of leaders in physics in the Asia Pacific region.

    Each division chair from each member society with divisional structure is invited to nominate one (1) candidate who has obtained a Ph.D. in physics or an equivalent degree for no more than 10 years. The president of each member society without divisional structure is invited to nominate up to three (3) candidates.

    Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication and cooperation with scientists in physics in the Asia Pacific region.

    Please visit the C. N. Yang Award website for more details, including:

    • Eligibility
    • Channels of Nominations
    • Nomination Package
    • Prize
    • Procedure for the final selection process
    • Information on past winners

  • 30 Apr 2024 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Institute of Physics is kicking off a new event this year, our annual National Careers Fair. This event will be scheduled to run concurrently across our branches at 6:30pm AEST on 29 May.

    Events will be run in-person in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. State branches will provide more details in the coming weeks regarding plans for local events.

    We are excited about this opportunity to showcase the incredible career prospects for physicists to our student cohort and increase awareness of the important role physicists play in industry.

    There are still opportunities to advertise roles (current or upcoming) at both the state and national level. If you would like to be involved, please reach out to

    Images are from AIP SA Branch’s local job fair in 2023.

  • 30 Apr 2024 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    It is with sadness that we share the news that Emeritus Professor Robert “Bob” Leith Dewar FAA, FAPS, FAIP passed away this April. A long-time AIP member (since 1974) and AIP fellow, Bob made a significant impact on the physics community, locally and abroad.

    Bob was a giant in the field of theoretical plasma physics, with important contributions in Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and in dynamical systems. These include MHD equilibrium and stability, MHD ballooning modes, Taylor relaxation and Hamiltonian maps. Bob worked closely with computer simulation and with experimentalists and has made important contributions to magnetic fusion research and to astrophysics.

    Recently he has been instrumental in the development of a multiple region relaxed MHD model to describe general stellarator fields, and he was presently working on a generalisation of such models to systems that preserve magnetic helicity with a weak ideal Ohm’s law constraint.

    He initiated several major collaborations across physics and mathematics, including the National Plasma Fusion Research Facility, the Australian Research Council Complex Open Systems Research Network, and led the ANU’s plasma theory and modelling group until retirement in 2011.  Perhaps most importantly, he has left a legacy in both research and teaching, spanning 5 postdocs, 16 PhD, and many Masters and Honours students.  Many of these now hold prominent positions in the field.

    Read more about Vale Professor Bob Dewar’s life and tributes made in his honour on the tribute page. Information about a service or a research symposium celebrating his contributions will also be included on that site as details come to light.

  • 30 Apr 2024 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    Registrations for the Congress open on 20 May. Early bird registrations close 28 August. The abstract submission deadline is 7 June.

    We will be calling for Focus Session suggestions in the coming weeks. We encourage all delegates to engage in this process, so that we can provide focused sessions aligned with the interests of the community.

    Stay in the Congress loop by subscribing for the latest notifications at, or directly via this link.

  • 16 Apr 2024 5:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Women in Leadership Medal application deadline has been extended to Tuesday 30 April. Nominate yourself or someone you know to recognise excellent contributions to Australian physics.

  • 8 Apr 2024 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Second Circular : XVIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference

    We are pleased to announce that the "XVIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference” will be held between 19-24 August 2024 at the Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia. Please see the linked conference poster for more details.

    Conference web sites

    The important dates and the list of conveners for the scientific program, as well as additional information on travel, accommodation and the conference social program can be found at the conference webpage: and this page is regularly updated. The Indico webpage for the conference can be reached at

    Scientific Topics

    Session A: Vacuum Structure and Confinement

    Focus Subsection: “Topology and confinement at borderlines of particle physics and condensed matter: emergent confinement in cold atoms and Anderson criticality in the QCD deconfinement transition”

    Session B: Light Quarks

    Session C: Heavy Quarks

    Session D: Deconfinement

    Session E: QCD and New Physics

    Session F: Nuclear and Astro-particle Physics

    Session G: Strongly Coupled Theories

    Session H: Statistical Methods for Physics Analysis in the XXI Century 

    The important dates and the list of conveners for the scientific program, as well as additional information on travel, accommodation and the conference social program can be found at the conference webpages linked above.

    Registration and abstract submission are now open

    Abstract submission opening:

    29 January 2024

    Abstract submission deadline:

    29 April 2024

    Abstract acceptance notification:

    13 May 2024

    Registration opening:

    29 January 2024

    Deadline for paying early registration fees:

    03 June 2024

    Registration deadline:

    01 July 2024

    Deadline for student support applications:

    03 June 2024

    Decisions on student support applications:

    10 June 2024

    Registration and conference fees

    Registration for the conference is through the conference website

    Registration fee type

    Early Registration

    Late Registration


    until 03 June, 2024

    until 01 July, 2024


    AU$1150 ~ €690

    AU$1300 ~ €790


    AU$900 ~ €540

    AU$1060 ~ €650

    Accompanying Person

    AU$200 ~ €120

    AU$200 ~ €120

    The full and student Conference registrations include: Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, morning and afternoon teas, lunch on Monday-Friday inclusive, poster session, public lecture and a concert, proceedings, printed programme, and the conference pack. The fee for accompanying persons includes the conference social dinner and welcome reception.

    Support for students

    There will be a finite capacity for providing partial financial assistance for student attendance at the Conference. Please note that this is indeed limited to students - it is not possible to provide support for general participants. Support is intended only for students who will be making a presentation (either oral or poster). 

    Applications for student support can be submitted by sending an email to and cc it to by 3rd of June 2024.

    Please make sure your email contains the following information:

    • email subject line
      • QCHSC2024 student financial support application - YOUR NAME - YOUR INSTITUTION
    • email body
      • First name
      • Surname
      • Institution (i.e. your affiliation)
      • Submitted talk type (oral or poster)
      • Talk/poster title
      • Talk/poster abstract
      • A reference letter
      • Additional information that you feel is relevant

    If you apply for a student support please postpone payment of your fee until a decision is made, by 10th June 2024.



    Conference participants are requested to book their accommodation individually. A variety of hotel options are available in the Cairns city centre within pleasant walking distance of the conference venue.

    Reduced rates have been negotiated for the conference participants and those

    special accommodation deals for QCHSC2024 are listed at the conference webpage

    Conference Excursions

    We offer three conference excursion options – “Outer Reef”, “Oldest Rainforest”, and “Rainforest with Aboriginal Experience” on Saturday August 24th. As a conference participant, you and your accompanying guests are able to choose one of these three during the registration process. 

    The details of all excursions and their costs are available on the webpage at and your preferred trip should be selected at registration.

    Please note that some options have limited capacity and we apologise in advance if your preferred excursion is not available.

    Social Programme

    The welcome reception will be held in the evening of Monday, the 19th of August. There will be a public talk and a concert on Tuesday, the 20th of August. The poster session will take place on Wednesday, the 21stof August. The conference dinner will be on Thursday the 22nd of August. 


    Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading tourist destinations, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations and is just 7 kilometres from the centre of Cairns.

    Cairns Airport has direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Bali, Auckland and Port Moresby. There are also seasonal flights from Shanghai and Seoul.

    Detailed travel information can be found on the conference website


    Cancellation Fee and Refund Policy 

    For delegate registrations:

    • Before 10th June, 2024: Full refund minus $30 administration fee;
    • After 11th June, 2024: 50% of payment refunded;
    • After 4th August, 2024: no refund.

    For accompanying person registrations:

    • Before 3rd August, 2024: Full refund minus $20 administration fee.;
    • After 4th August, 2024: no refund.


    Visa information

    All travellers to Australia need a valid passport. Visas are required by all visitors travelling to Australia except for New Zealand passport holders.

    We advise all international travellers to consult the link below or contact the Australian Consulate in your country to organise the visa that best suits your travel plans.

    Visa Information at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

    Depending on the country of issue of your passport, you may be eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA via the internet. Please see the following link for more information.

    Online Applications at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

    It is also important to note that Australia is an island of immense ecological diversity and takes customs very seriously. To protect its natural ecosystems and agriculture interests, Australia employs strict customs regulations. Organic items such as plants, food, animal products, timber and anything contaminated with dirt or sand may be restricted or even prohibited. Before you set out to Australia, it may be useful to check up on these restrictions at the link below.

    Customs Information at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

    If you require a Letter of Invitation for the conference, please contact us via email.

    Please address requests to and cc it to

    We are looking forward to seeing you at CONFINEMENT2024! 

    Sincerely yours,

    The local organising committee:

    Ayse Kizilersu (University of Adelaide, Chair) and Nora Brambilla (TU Munchen, Co-chair)

    Anthony W. Thomas (University of Adelaide, Senior Adviser and organiser)

    Derek B. Leinweber (University of Adelaide)

    Wally Melnitchouk (JLAB & University of Adelaide)

    Martin White (University of Adelaide) 

  • 4 Apr 2024 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    We say farewell to Nicole Reynolds, who has been the AIP Operations Manager for the past four years. We are sad to lose her. We are grateful to Nicole for her dedicated service, and the many valuable initiatives she proposed and implemented to improve the AIP.  We wish her the best for her future endeavours.

    “I would like to thank the AIP members, volunteers, and stakeholders for making my time at the AIP so fun and engaging. It has been a gratifying experience.”

  • 3 Apr 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)  is looking for an early career researcher (ECR) representative to join the national AIP Executive.

    The term of the role is for one year, with the possibly of extension. Responsibilities include:

    • Attend national Executive meetings (currently virtual and monthly).
    • Provide advice on matters related to physics students and postdocs.
    • Work to increase the AIPs engagement with physics ECRs.
    • Assist with creating content for communications to the physics community.

    Please send expressions of interest to with the subject line: ECR representative – “your name”.  Please include a paragraph outlining your interest in the role, and a two-page CV.

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