Dear {Contact_First_Name},

It’s been a joy to finally get back to in-person physics events, awards and lectures this year, and I’m particularly looking forward to meeting you at our long-awaited Congress in Adelaide in just a couple of weeks. Registration closes today, 2 Dec, and all are welcome to join the free public lecture Cosmological Conundrums and the Dark Side of the Universe presented as part of the Congress.

I’m thrilled to announce our 2023 Women in Physics Lecturer is Dr Karen Livesey from the University of Newcastle, who’ll be talking about her nano-sized magnets used in cancer treatments, making energy efficient computers, and even in self-repairing paints. We’ll announce tour dates in the new year.

If you are concerned about the proposed changes to the 7-10 school science syllabus or would like to make a submission about the review of the ARC Act, please see below to make your submission and comment on the AIP’s draft submission.

We have announced the newly elected AIP Executive who will be leading us in 2023. Congratulations to incoming AIP President, Prof Nicole Bell. I look forward to welcoming them into office at our online AGM on 2 Feb 2023; I hope to see you there.

This is our final bulletin for 2022. We’ll be back in February. And a final diary note to renew your membership before the end of January to get the discount.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Join us online for our 60th AGM

We’re turning 60 in 2023.

The 60th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics will be held via Zoom on Thursday 2 Feb 2023, from 5.30pm AEDT.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration and details here.


Nano-magnets for computers, cancer and paint: 2023 lecture tour

Introducing our 2023 Women in Physics Lecturer

Newcastle-based theoretical physicist Dr Karen Livesey designs new nano-sized magnets used for cancer treatments, energy-efficient computers and self-repairing paints.

Lecture dates around Australia will be announced in the new year. Read more.


Congratulations to the 2022 AIP Award winners

The 2022 AIP Awards recognise talented physicists for their contributions to research, education and the physics community.

This year's recipients are: discovering unconventional superconductivity in 2D lattice systems; founding innovative learning; furthering condensed matter, materials & ion beam physics; sharing mysteries of the Universe, from subatomic to cosmological; providing insights into the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei; and more. Read more.


Meet your 2023 National Executive

Incoming AIP President Nicole Bell and Vice President, Stuart Midgely will lead the AIP National Executive committee for 2023. They will be joined by many continuing committee members who generously offer their time, skills and enthusiasm to the physics community.

The new executive will take office at the conclusion of the AGM (2 Feb 2023). Read more.


Renew now for 2023!

Renew your membership before 31 January and receive $10 off your annual membership fees.

For any questions email

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More news

  • The Australian Government is currently seeking feedback to inform its review of the Australian Research Council Act 2001. The AIP encourages all members to submit their individual feedback directly to the ARC by 14 DecRead the AIP's draft position.
  • The proposed removal of fundamental core concepts from the NSW years 7-10 science school curriculum is of concern to the AIP Executive. It includes changes that relate to the solar system and astronomy. Have your say by 5 DecRead the full statement from the AIP Executive.
  • Re-watch online a range of public lectures and events held by the AIP NSW Branch in 2022, including Frontiers of Science, Einstein Lecture and AIP Physics in the Pub. Read more.
  • Physics outreach, postgraduate and graduate studies, and K-12 science were acknowledged in the 2022 NSW AwardsRead more.
  • Professor Tim McIntyre (University of Queensland) has been appointed the new chair of the AIP Accreditation Committee, starting January 2023. Thank you to Tim and outgoing chair, Deb Kane, for their service to the committee and upholding the standard of physics education in AustraliaRead more about Accreditation.
  • Acting for physicists among the 110,000 scientists and technologists that represents to parliament and broader society, we’re delighted to congratulate Prof Jodie Bradby on her re-election to the Science and Technology Australia boardRead more.
  • Recognise an outstanding member of the physics community by nominating them for a 2023 Prime Minister's Prize for Science:  Nominations now open: Read more.
  • 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. Read more and nominate via an AIP group chair by mid Feb.
  • Got a great image of physics in action? We’re always on the lookout for images for our next AIP banner to be featured on our website’s homepage and used as an email header for 2023. Your image will be linked to a description and credited. The current banner of a ‘light fountain’ is by Ben Sparkes from the Defence Science and Technology group. Submit your images to 

            How has physics shaped your career?

            We have found physicists communicating on stage, modelling financial markets, helping energy companies run smoothly, cleaning up contaminated sites, representing their community in Victorian Parliament, and more.

            Do you know someone with a career path that grew from physics? Suggest them for a career profile. Read more


            Upcoming events

            International Conference on Physics Education | Online | 5 – 9 Dec

            Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses with 2018 Nobel Laureate, Physics Professor Donna Strickland | Brisbane | 8 Dec

            24th AIP Congress | Adelaide | 11 – 16 Dec

            Cosmological Conundrums and the Dark Side of the Universe | Adelaide | 12 Dec

            zOOm into Physics: ‘How do Xmas lights go through glass?’ | Online | 21 Dec

            60th Annual General Meeting of the AIP | Online | 2 Feb

            The 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting | Wagga Wagga | 7-10 Feb 23

            Victorian Physics Teachers’ Conference (PHYSCON 2023) | Melbourne and online | 24 Feb 23

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


              Australian physics in the news

              • Space research informs everyday life (QUT)
              • Groundbreaking studies of Earth’s churning oceans recognised at Australia’s most prestigious science prizes this year (The Conversation)
              • Covid has had positive effect on astronomy research, but negative effect on new and female researchers (The Kavli Institute

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                          Grant-Funded Researcher (A/B) – Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide – Closes 14 Dec.

                          Other opportunities

                          See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including: Physics Education Laboratory Officer, Associate Lecturer in Mathematics/Physics, Physics Teacher, and more.

                          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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