Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Registration is still open for the AIP Summer Meeting in Brisbane. It looks like not all of us will be able to be there in person due to travel restrictions. Details on how to register here. I personally still hope for a miracle and am ready for a last-minute booking to see people face to face.

It was great to see this year’s Nobel Prize being announced. The link to global warming highlights the impact of physics, as a fundamental enabling science, in addressing one of the most important issues for our society.

The AIP formally reacted to the response from the ARC in the context of the pre-print issue. While it is frustrating that the matter is still not resolved, holding up upcoming grant rounds, it is good to see the STEM professional bodies jointly making a stand.

In coordination with the Academy, the AIP organised a delegation to the 30th IUPAP General Assembly resulting in the electing of six commission members for Australia. Many thanks to Judith Dawes, Jacinda Ginges, and Nicole Bell for staying up into the middle of the night for three consecutive sessions.

On a sombre note, Rod Jory passed away this month. Rod was a moving force in the establishment of the National Science Summer School in 1983, which became the National Science Youth Forum in 1995. He was also one of the first members of the AIP and the inaugural winner of Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia (in 1996). Our condolences to his family.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics

P.S. If you are interested in participating in the national executive of the AIP as treasurer, please contact me by COB 5 November 2021.


Register for the AIP Summer Meeting

Registration is still open for the upcoming AIP Summer Meeting from 6 to 9 December.

Advances in carbon materials, dark matter particle physics and quantum biotechnology are among the topics to be discussed in the Focused Sessions.

Plus 20 keynote and invited speakers. The conference will be run hybrid, online and in-person in Brisbane.

Full program and registration here.


Vale AIP Fellow Prof Rodney (Rod) Jory AM

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Australian physicist and AIP Fellow Professor Rodney (Rod) Jory AM.  He was the inaugural winner of the AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia in 1996.

Prof Jory’s legacy in Australian physics includes establishing and being the director of the National Youth Science Forum as well as the teaching of Australian student teams that have competed at International Physics Olympiads.

Read more here.


Climate models win the Physics Nobel Prize

Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, and Giorgio Parisi  have jointly been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for:

"groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems";

" physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming"; and

" the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales".

Read more here.


Renew your AIP membership now

Renew now and you will receive $10 off your annual membership for 2022.

Benefits include conference support, quarterly copies of Australian Physics magazine, and reciprocal benefits with other physics societies.  

More details and how to renew here.


More news

  • Physics teaching, training, and governance: Former AIP NSW Branch Chair Dr Frederick Osman #PhysicsGotMeHere.


Call for content for next edition of Australian Physics

If you would like to write an article describing current research, got a physics-themed cartoon or poetry, would like to review a physics-themed books or have an obituary of recently passed members, contact Peter and David, the editors of Australian Physics on

Next deadline for content is 1 December.


Upcoming events

Online 4 November | Ceri Brenner FLEET-ANSTO Centre for Accelerator Science seminar  

Online 15–17 November | Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics workshop on multiferroics

Online 16 November | NSW AIP Branch AGM

Online 18 November | Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics 2021

Online 23 November | Asia Pacific Physical Societies' forum

Online 24 November |  The Physics of Christmas zOOm into Physics

Perth 26 November | WA AIP Branch AGM with dinner and Dr Irene Suarez-Martinez seminar 

Online  1–3 December | 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Condensed Matter Physics

Canberra  2–3 December |  Mathēmatica Sōlis et Terrae:  An Australian Academy of Science Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference

Brisbane & Online  6–9 December | AIP Summer Meeting

Wagga Wagga  1–4 February | 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting

Canberra & Online 28 February onward | 2022 Science Meets Parliament events

Canberra 7–10 March | Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference 2022

Sydney  26 June – 1 July | International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors

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


    Australian physics in the news

    • Strange signals coming from heart of Milky Way stump scientists  (9News/CNN)
    • Waiting for a ghost’: the search for dark matter 1km under an Australian town  (Guardian)
    • NASA in East Arnhem Land to prep ahead of 2022 planned rocket launch (NT Independent)
    • Quantum imaging techniques could help find exoplanets  (PhysicsWorld)
    • Einstein-First for young physics students: PM’s science prize winners (The Australian)
    • Nuclear power in Australia: is it a good idea? (COSMOS)
    • Equipment built in Canberra helping understand more about the Earth & space  (ABC News)

      Jobs corner

      Postdoctoral research fellow

      UNSW is seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics in the UNSW node of the ARC Centre for Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies at the School of Science at UNSW Canberra.

      The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be conducting scholarly research in fabrication and participating in the common activities run by the School, Faculty and University.

      Level A, full time fixed term 2 years. More information here.

      Contact: Dr Oleh Klochan, School of Science, UNSW Canberra.

      Applications close 21 Nov 2021.

      PhD opportunity 

      The University of Melbourne and the Defence Science and Technology Group are looking for a PhD student for a collaborative project on advanced signal processing and modelling of chemical and biological detectors for defence and national security.

      The project aims to develop a foundational framework and mathematical sensor response model (SRM) to enable characterization, validation, and performance prediction of CBR detectors.

      This opportunity also offers a top-up or scholarship. More details here.

      To apply, please send a CV with a brief introduction to yourself to Len Sciacca.

      PhD opportunity 

      Are you interested in understanding ocean physics, and do you have skills in computational/mathematical modelling?

      The Consortium for Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling in Australia (COSIMA) is providing opportunities for PhD students to work at the intersection of high-performance computing and ocean-climate dynamics. Projects are available focusing on a wide range of topics including the role of sea ice in the climate system and modelling biogeochemical cycles in the global ocean.

      Scholarships are valued at $7.5K/year for 3.5 years. More details about application here

      Enquiries: Professor Andrew Hogg.

      Applications close 30 Nov 2021.

      Early-Career Researchers opportunities

      Multiple postdoctoral opportunities are available for eligible, outstanding early-career researchers in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

      A rare opportunity to nominate your research project, choose your supervisor and the location of work.

      The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) is seeking to appoint up to four Research Fellows to perform research at relevant FLEET node/s as determined by the candidates’ expertise and research aspirations.

      To apply, visit:

      Applications close 26 Nov 2021.

      Multiple PhD scholarship opportunities

      Multiple PhD scholarship opportunities are available for eligible, outstanding students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

      If you are finishing your undergraduate training and thinking of pursuing a PhD program, apply for a project with FLEET to perform high impact research, build the future of electronics and train to be a future science leader.

      Submit your Expression of Interest at:  

      Applications always open.

      Postdoctoral / Research Fellow

      ANU is looking for a postdoc to work on a collaborative project to develop an efficient single-photon microwave-to-optical frequency converter. The postdoc will study the optical and microwave resonances to determine the best conditions for high efficiency conversion.

      More details

      For enquiries, please contact
      Dr Rose Ahlefeldt.

      Applications close 26 Nov 2021.

      CSIRO Alumni Scholarships in Physics is a $6K travel scholarship available to postgraduate students to fund travel costs to an overseas or interstate institution. More details here.

      There are currently 1,401 jobs listed on Seek under ‘data science data scientist’ including Laser Physicist, Education and Communications Officer, and Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science.

      See selected jobs online here.

      We can provide a free link to your physics-related job or PhD opportunity. If you would like to advertise your job, we can feature more details and a picture for a small cost. Email Kirrily Rule for more information.


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