Dear {Contact_First_Name},

I’m writing this from the first completely in-person conference I’ve attended since March 2020: the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors.  It’s exciting to see people again in 3D without distorted sound.

I’m also looking forward to seeing you in-person at our AIP Congress later this year. A reminder that the call for focused sessions closes on 11 July and the call for abstracts closes on 15 July.

Last month, it was fantastic to see physicists, our AIP Fellows Anne Green and Tanya Monro, awarded at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Warm congratulations to both.

The Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic MP, spoke at a recent press event regarding the quantum technology breakthrough of Michelle Simmons and her team. Michelle was our Women in Physics Lecturer in 2000.

It was amazing to hear the Minister’s enthusiasm for science, the credit he gave to the past government, and his vision for translating science into commercial outcomes that benefit all. He recognised the importance of building an ecosystem that supports fundamental science through to applied science.

While there are worrisome signs for the economy at the moment, there are also amazing opportunities for the translation of fundamental research. The AIP is fully behind this and will do its best to engage with industry and advocate for supporting basic science.

This month, the Women in Physics Lecture Tour is heading to Queensland and Victoria. More information on Katarina Miljkovic’s free public talks here

On a final note, we are saddened to hear of Bob Crompton’s recent passing. Bob was one of our earliest members and served as our President from 1993-94. He was also an Honorary Fellow. Our thoughts are with his loved ones and colleagues.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics 


Physicists awarded top Queen’s Birthday Honours

Emeritus Prof Anne Green  AC & Prof Tanya Monro  AC

Two AIP Fellows have been awarded with the highest recognition in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours: Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).  Warm congratulations to both.

Read more here.


Mimicking nature with a quantum processor in silicon

Latest quantum technology breakthrough

A team of quantum computer physicists at UNSW Sydney, led by Professor Michelle Simmons AO, have engineered a quantum processor in silicon at the atomic scale to simulate the behaviour of a small organic molecule. The breakthrough was published in Nature.

Read more here.  


Improved diversity, ethical banking & new awards: National Exec meeting

First in-person meeting in almost three years

The AIP National Executive team met recently at ANSTO in Lucas Heights, Sydney, to discuss the strategic planning of our organisation. During the day we were able to tour the OPAL reactor with Dr Mark Ho.

Read more here.


Deep impact: Women In Physics tour heading to QLD & VIC

2022 Women in Physics Tour continues in July

After a (planet) smashing start, the Women in Physics Lecture Tour by planetary scientist Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic continues with events in QLD, 18-20 July and VIC, 27-28 July. The latter includes a Girls in Physics Breakfast.

Read more here.


More news

  • Aussie teenager wins Asian Physics Olympiad. Fredy Yip, a Year 12 student from Knox Grammar School in Sydney, outperformed more than 200 students from 28 countries to win gold.  Congratulations also to the other students in the Olympiad team.
  • Women physicists and engineers are invited to participate in the Girls in Physics Breakfasts happening in VIC. The events allow girls in Years 10 – 12 to ask women working or studying physics/engineering questions about work and life.
  •  “Turbulence is the last great unsolved problem of classical physics.” Re-watch an AIP Theoretical Physics Group seminar by Professor Nigel Goldenfeld (University of California, San Diego) on the ‘Life and Death of Turbulence’.
  • The latest in nuclear science: the advantages of Gen IV reactor technology & using reactors in space. Re-watch Dr Mark Ho’s talk at the Big Science of Gen IV reactors event last month at ANSTO. A joint event hosted by the AIP and others.   

      Technical writer for data analysis software:
      Dr Vasaant Krishnan

      “As a radio astronomer, I learned to be a team member in the scientific environment of today — one that is contingent on individuals with diverse abilities and experiences."

      From radioastronomy to using his analytical and problem-solving acuity while creating documents for a company specialising in developing software for hydroacoustic data analysis. 

      Read his career profile here and other profiles here.


      Calling on budding physicists: contribute to Australian Physics magazine

      Calling budding physicists and science communicators: Australian Physics magazine is seeking exceptional physics research articles or essays written by Year 12 students. In the final issue of 2022, we will publish one engaging article which demonstrates excellent critical thinking and research skills.

      Please contact the editors at  for further information.


      Upcoming events 

      International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Centennial Symposium including an Asia-Pacific event, plenary talks and other activities | Italy & Online | 11 – 13 Jul

      AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane | 20 Jul

      'What's happening with the ozone hole?' AIP TAS lecture by Dr Andrew Klekociuk (Australian Antarctic Division) | Hobart |20 Jul

      AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne | 27 Jul

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

      2022 Annual AIP and Royal Australian Chemical Institute Presidents' Dinner including talks by Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, Dr Helen Cartledge and Dr Adam Martin | Sydney | 12 Aug

      15th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC15) covering all areas of physics | Online | 21 – 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 – partly sponsored by the AIP | Sydney | 28 – 30 Sep

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

      Gordon Godfrey Workshop on 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

        • Fastest-growing black hole of past 9 bn years may have been found, Australian-led astronomers say (The Guardian)
        • ‘Incredible milestone’: Nasa launches rocket from Australian space centre (The Guardian)
        • Astronomers search for X-ray signposts of elusive continuous gravitational waves (Phys Org)
        • Female stargazer makes astronomical input (The Courier)
        • It’s about time: 10 women who finally get the honours they deserve (The Age)
        • Women scientists take the lead in Queen's honours list (The Australian)
        • Trio of Canberra's top scientists elected to Australian Academy of Science (Riotact)
        • South Australia's top young business leaders (CityMag)
        • Nanotechnology that bosses light around to make one-way images (COSMOS)
        • Quantum leap by Michelle Simmons and her team could change the world (The Australian)

                Participate in the 2022 Defence Science Summit this month

                Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research (ADSTAR) Summit in Sydney & Online, 22 - 22 Jul

                Do you have a technology or ideas that could improve the effectiveness and resilience of the Australian Defence Force? Or do have a start-up with a ready-to-go innovation you want to pitch to the Department of Defence? Share your ideas at the ADSTAR Summit.

                Read more here.


                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.

                Participating as a sponsor or exhibitor provides you with direct access to your national and international target markets and demonstrates your level of support and commitment to the industry.

                Explore Congress sponsorship and exhibition packages

                Jobs corner

                Graduate Meteorologist

                Join the Bureau of Meteorology’s Graduate Meteorology program and do work that touches the lives of all Australians every day. Use data visualisation to analyse, interpret & forecast atmospheric conditions, learn to communicate weather forecasts,  issue weather warnings, and more. Opportunities in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. 

                More info hereCloses 27 Jul.

                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 Research Scientist (Optical and Photonic Biosensing), Senior Research Fellow (Space Manufacturing), and Materials Experimental Scientist.

                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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