Dear {Contact_First_Name},

We are now well into the second half of 2022 and heading towards the end of the year when our Congress will be held from 11-16 Dec in Adelaide.

This month, NASA revealed the most detailed images of the universe taken with the James Webb Space Telescope. It is amazing and beautiful to see what happens when all branches of physics come together to deliver state of the art instrumentation that brings us so much closer to the Big Bang.

In news closer to home, it’s time to consider nominating for the AIP National Executive and 2023 Women in Physics Lecturer.

Joining the Executive is an opportunity to lead the Australian physics community to promote the role of physics research, education, and industry, as seen in our advocacy efforts, including at a Senate inquiry earlier this year to advocate for research independence.

As the Executive, we’ve also made a recent decision to pivot to ethical banking as part of our commitment to fighting climate change and to contribute to a fairer world.

Finally, I hope you take the time to enjoy family-friendly events at National Science Week (13 – 21 Aug)! We’ve curated a selection of physics events for you to check out.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


First Australian in top society of gravitational scientists

Distinguished Prof Susan Scott elected fellow of ISGRG

She joins the ranks of Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureates as a Fellow of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG). Prof Scott was recognised for her contributions to the understanding of singularities and the structure of space-time.

Read more


NASA reveals first images of unseen universe

JWST captures most detailed images to date

The dawn of a new era in astronomy is here as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The telescope’s first full-colour images and spectroscopic data uncover a collection of cosmic features elusive until now.

Read more here.


Nominate the next leaders in Australian physics

2023 AIP National Exec and Women in Physics Lecturer 

Help lead Australia’s premier society for the promotion of physics by joining the AIP National Executive team. Also, nominate an outstanding female physicist for the 2023 Women in Physics Lectureship.

Read more here.


AIP pivots to ethical banking

We’re working towards a sustainable future

We are proud to inform our members that the AIP is in the final stages of moving our business to Bank Australia, a bank dedicated to having a ‘positive impact on people, communities and the planet’. This is part of the AIP’s commitment to fight climate change and to contribute to a fairer world.

Read more here.


More news

  • The sad loss of FAIP Ian Johnston in late 2020 will be acknowledged in an obituary in our Australian Physics magazine later this year. Ian was a champion of University Physics Education research in Australia. He initiated the OzCUPE (Australian Computer Use in Physics Education) conferences in the 1990s and headed the Uniserve Science program, which led to the formation of the AIP Physics Education Group and the AIP Medal for University Physics Education.
  • Do you think you might be one of the next Superstars of STEM? Receive advanced communications training to build a strong and media public profile, and be a role model for the next generation. Details and how to apply for the 2023-2024 program here. Open to women or non-binary people employed in STEM at any career stage. Closes 14 Aug.
  • Calling budding physicists and science communicators: Australian Physics magazine is seeking exceptional physics research articles or essays written by Year 12 students. Please contact the editors at for further information. Closes 9 Sep.

        Enjoy physics events in National Science Week 13 –  21 Aug

        More than 15 family-friendly events

        Hear about meteorite impacts from our Women in Physics Lecturer, Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic, begin your amateur astronomy journey by learning about what equipment you need, or hang out and chat about physics and other dark matters at the pub.

        Read more here.


        From gravitational waves to optimising energy supply chains: Dr Qi Chu

        Physics is an infinite maze. Once you fall into it, it’s hard to get out. I am always awed by its beauty and difficulty.”

        Physics was not her forte in school. Yet she helped develop a real-time gravitational wave detection pipeline. Now, she’s using her physics training to model energy supply chains for a global energy company.

        Read her career profile here and other profiles here.


        Upcoming events 

        International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) 33rd Annual Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2022) | Online | 1 4 Aug

        AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay | 9 Aug

          2022 Annual AIP and Royal Australian Chemical Institute Presidents' Dinner | Sydney | 12 Aug

          15th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC15) covering all areas of physics | Online | 21 26 Aug

          Quantum Light, the Aurora, and Prophecies: AIP NSW Physics in the Pub Night | Sydney | 26 Aug

          STEM Education and Industry Forum - AIP NSW & the Teachers' Guild of NSW | Sydney | 28 Sep

          Early career women in STEMM paper and grant-writing workshop | Sydney | 28 – 30 Sep

          Engineering & Physical Sciences in Medicine Conference | Adelaide | 13 — 16 Nov

          Gordon Godfrey Workshop: Spins, Topology & Strong Electron Correlations | Sydney | 21 – 25 Nov  

          24th AIP Congress | Adelaide | 11 — 16 Dec

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


            Australian physics in the news

            • Scientists locate exact Martian crater that launched ‘Black Beauty’ meteorite (WAtoday)
            • The physics of music – presented by late FAIP Associate Professor Ian Johnston (ABC Radio Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
            • Shining a light on dark matter one particle at a time (PhysOrg)
            • The end of the cosmic dawn: settling a two-decade debate (SciTechDaily)
            • New telescopes at Siding Spring to detect gravitational waves (COSMOS)
            • Gravitational waves and Fast Radio Bursts: from thought experiment to potential treasure trove (COSMOS)
            • Australia’s semiconductor capability set for quantum leap with $6m partnership between government, universities and business (Industry Update)
            • Chinese and Australian astronomers make history discovering direct evidence for common envelope evolution (Global Times)
            • Quantum computing is about to change the digital world (The Australian)
            • Behold the weird physics of double-impact asteroids (Wired)

                    You're invited to sponsor or exhibit at the 2022 AIP Congress

                    The 2022 AIP Congress will be the biggest in-person gathering of the Australian Physics community in the past three years. Over 700 delegates from academia, government and industry will attend. Explore Congress sponsorship and exhibition packages here

                    Jobs corner

                    Research Fellow - experimental condensed-matter physics

                    Join FLEET and investigate atomically-precise, low-dimensional nanomaterials. You can also collaborate with a wide Australian and international network searching for future, ultra-low-energy electronics. Position is based at Monash University School of Physics and Astronomy. 

                    More info hereCloses 15 Aug.

                    Multiple PhD scholarship opportunities

                    Multiple PhD scholarship opportunities are available for eligible, outstanding students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. Apply for a project with FLEET to perform high-impact research, build the future of electronics, and train to be a science leader. 

                    Submit your Expression of Interest here.  Always open. 

                    Other opportunities

                    See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including Teaching Fellow (Physics) at UNSW, Magnetic Resonance Physicist/Scientist at PERSOKELLY, and Physics Teacher at Court Grammar School (Perth). There are currently more than 300 jobs listed on Seek under ‘Physics/Education’

                    Each year, Physics World publishes Physics World Careers, a guide aimed at helping those with a physics background make informed decisions about their career path. Download a copy of Physics World Careers 2022 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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