Dear {Contact_First_Name},

We are in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the 24th AIP Congress is just around the corner – happening from 11 to 16 December in Adelaide. I am locking in travel now.

Registrations are open until 2 Dec. I hope to see you there!

We have the honour of welcoming the president of the IOP, Prof Sheila Rowan to jointly present the Harrie Massey award at the Congress. We're pleased to see her back. She was also our 2014 Women In Physics Lecturer.

It is fantastic to note that Susan Scott FAIP (ANU) has become the first Australian to win a prestigious Blaise Pascal Medal in Physics from the European Academy of Sciences, while Xiaojing Hao FAIP (UNSW) has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Staying with women who transform technology, Sarah Harmer (Flinders University) won the South Australian Women in Innovation Award in Science. Please let us know when you or a colleague have something to celebrate so we can share your news.

The AIP will celebrate its 60th anniversary in February 2023. Please start thinking about what ‘memorabilia’ or stories you may have to share from the early days of the AIP, to help us celebrate the anniversary. More below.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


AIP Congress program now live!

The program for the 24th AIP Congress is now live on the Congress website:

  • 10 plenary talks spanning topics of quantum sensing, the future of gravitational wave detection and astronomy, applications of nanophotonics, physics in education, and more.
  • A public lecture on ‘Cosmological Conundrums’.
  • Two poster sessions.
  • Plus, networking opportunities including a Congress dinner, diversity breakfast, and a high tea focused on physics education.

Full program here. It will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.

Registrations open until Friday 2 December 2022. Register here.


Ripples in space: Susan Scott wins Blaise Pascal Medal

The prestigious Blaise Pascal Medal for Physics 2022 has been awarded to Distinguished Professor Susan Scott FAIP of ANU for her work over three decades, including discoveries in general relativity, cosmology and gravitational wave science.

“I am the first Australian, and Australian woman, to be awarded this medal, so this is a tremendous honour,” Professor Scott said.

Read more.


Cosmological Conundrums: public lecture, Adelaide

Deep dive into the foundations of our cosmological model and hear the latest updates on dark energy, black holes, and gravitational waves in a public lecture by UQ astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis, who was also AIP’s 2011 Women in Physics Lecturer.

Cosmological Conundrums and the Dark Side of the Universe will be presented at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 12 December as part of the 2022 AIP Congress in Adelaide. More info and register here.


Solar physics meets space weather in Newcastle

The recent meeting on ‘Solar Physics and Space Weather Connections’ connected key players in the areas of solar physics and space weather in Australia.

The workshop provided an overview of current research efforts on space weather. Read more.


Renew now for 2023!

From 1 November to 31 January, AIP members can receive $10 off their annual membership fees when they renew for membership in 2023. This fee deduction will be automatically applied to your membership level during this period.

For any questions email

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More news

  • Students and ECRs: present your work in the informal poster session during the Gordon Godfrey Workshop on Spins, Topology and Strong Electron Correlations (21– 25th Nov 2022) at UNSW. To apply, send your poster title through the online registration form by Monday 7 November. Read more
  • Well done to the 2022 postgraduate nominees on their accepted presentations for the annual AIP NSW Postgraduate Awards. All are welcome to attend the event to hear the nominee presentations at the Concord Golf Club: 10 AM Tuesday 8 November. Read more.
  • The NSW AIP Awards Presentations continue with a ceremony luncheon to award the 2022 NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award winner, the Jak Kelly Award and the Postgraduate Award winner. All welcome: 1PM Tuesday 8 November. Read more.
  • Members of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24 November at 5pm, followed by a Public Lecture by Professor David Jamieson (University of Melbourne) "Physics of life: what do the laws of physics say?", and the annual dinner. Members and partners are welcome. RSVP to by Friday 18 November. Read more.
  • The NSW AIP Branch Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 29 November, commencing at 6:00 pm AEDT. Zoom details available here.
  • Milestone birthday celebrations are on the horizon; the AIP will celebrate its 60th anniversary in February 2023! We’re asking whether members have any ‘memorabilia’ from the early days of the AIP that they would like to show, so please start thinking about what you may have and get in touch with your ideas.
  • Do you have 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

            Cleaning contaminated soils

            “The tricks a physics education teaches you about approaching problems, identifying the critical features, and breaking them down into useful units, are all universally useful.”

            Dr Sean Manning is CEO Of Zilktek – a company whose flagship product is RemScan, a mid-infrared spectrometer that provides rapid, in-field measurement of oil contaminated soils to guide soil remediation.

            He’s using his physics training to understand the physics of the tech and to problem-solve day-to-day.

            Read Sean's profile here.


            Upcoming events

            2022 AIP NSW Awards Presentation Ceremony | Sydney | 8 Nov

            2nd International Symposium on Trans-Scale Quantum Science Tokyo 8-11 Nov

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

            Asia-Pacific Condensed Matter Physics Conference 2022 (AC2MP2022) | Japan | 21 – 23 Nov

            Tasmanian Branch AGM, public lecture and dinner | Hobart | 24 Nov

            Gordon Godfrey Workshop on Spins, Topology and Strong Electron Correlations | Sydney | 21 – 25 Nov

            AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Curtin University, Perth | 1 Dec

            2022 Physics Industry Day – Attaining industrial Quantum (iQ) | Sydney | 1 Dec

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

            24th AIP Congress | Adelaide | 11 – 16 Dec

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

            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


              Australian physics in the news

              • Surprise discovery of radio signals could help track space junk and limit global security risks (ABC)
              • Shaping the National Quantum Strategy – media release from the Minister for Industry and Science
              • Physics bugs to the rescue! How Hexbugs help students model key concepts (Cosmos)
              • Female representation in physics: Can we fix it? (Cosmos)
              • Special resin, crossed laser beams enable ultrafast 3D microprinting (Laser Focus World)
              • Rare form of diamond exists independently in meteorites (PhysicsWorld)

                        Jobs corner

                        CSIRO postdoctoral fellowships in quantum technologies

                        Develop novel quantum devices and systems within CSIRO’s Quantum Technologies Future Science Platform. CSIRO is aiming to establish and grow capacity in quantum technology to tackle global challenges. 

                        Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Optical Communications – Closes 1 Dec

                        Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Materials and Devices – Closes 1 Dec

                        See more quantum focused roles at CSIRO. Some close soon.

                        Other opportunities

                        See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at ANU (Canberra), Postdoctoral/Research Fellow at ANU (Canberra) and Senior Quantum Sensor Scientist with CSIRO (Sydney).

                        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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