Dear {Contact_First_Name},

The 2021 AIP Summer Meeting in Brisbane is imminent and I hope you will be able to join us in person - or online, if you’re stuck behind closed borders.

I would like to congratulate wholeheartedly Chennupati Jagadish from ANU who has been named the next president of the Australian Academy of Science. This is an outstanding achievement and very well deserved.

It is fantastic to see Jagadish leading science in Australia, along with Cathy Foley as Australia’s Chief Scientist and Tanya Monro as Chief Defence Scientist. To have three physicists in these highly visible roles is amazing and I am thankful to all of them for taking on these important and demanding jobs.

On a sad note, last month two highly valued colleagues Les Kirkup and Tony Klein have passed away. They each leave behind a great legacy .

The end of the year is in sight, and we are on the home stretch for a peaceful summer break. This is the last bulletin for the year.

Please note that the 2022 AIP Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on 15 February. I hope to see you there.

Lastly, I wish you a good break and a great start to 2022!

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


A 'tsunami' of gravitational waves

The largest ever number of gravitational waves has been detected through a massive international collaboration including Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav).

The 35 gravitational waves were detected during the second run of the ongoing study. It brings the total number detected to 90.

Read more here.


A relentless advocate for physics outreach: Prof Andrea Morello

Quantum physicist and passionate science communicator Professor Andrea Morello has been awarded the 2021 AIP NSW award for Community Outreach to Physics.

He has made popular YouTube videos on quantum topics, contributed to science festivals, and featured in ABC’s elevator pitch series, as well as being involved in visual and literary arts projects.

Read more here.


What's on at the 2021 AIP Summer Meeting

Our hybrid online 2021 AIP Summer Meeting (6-9 Dec) is starting soon!

On-site registration for attendees in Brisbane begins Mon 6 Dec at 1 pm.

Besides focused sessions on the latest physics research (Tues 7 Dec – Thurs 9 Dec) and a poster session (Tues 7 Dec, 5-6 pm), here’s a summary of special events so you don’t miss out.

Promote your talks and share your experiences on social media using #AIPSummer21. 


Vale Prof Les Kirkup & Emeritus Prof Tony Klein

The Australian physics community has lost two great members in the recent passing of Professor Les Kirkup FAIP and Emeritus Professor Anthony (Tony) Klein AM FAA Hon FAIP.

Prof Kirkup was a passionate teacher of physics and known for inquiry-based lectures and labs.

Prof Klein was a leader in neutron optics, an enthusiastic science communicator, and a former AIP President.

Read more on their legacies here and 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

  • The future of Australian physics research looks bright, given the recent 2021 AIP NSW Student Awards, including postgrad awards to Joe Zhiyu Chen and Zain Mehdi. 
  • Where does physics end and metaphysics begin? Last month’s zOOm into Physics here.
  • Using physics in a visual effects studio: Hidden Physicist Dr Millie Mayer #PhysicsGotMeHere.

Call for content for Australian Physics 

We are still accepting content for the upcoming Jan - Mar 2022 edition of Australian Physics magazine.

If you have a physics-related article, poem or book review, the deadline for submissions is 1 Dec.

More info on how to submit here and read past editions here.


Upcoming events 

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

Online, 2 December | AIP Theoretical Physics webinar: 'Atom-by-atom engineering of novel states of matter' by Prof Cristiane Morais Smith

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

Online, 10 December | CQC2T/AIP webinar: 'Machine learning for quantum technology' by Dr Aaron Tranter

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

Online, 15 February | 2022 AIP Annual General 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 the details to your branch chair or 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

    • Australian Research Council admits it should have consulted unis (The Australian)
    • Researchers crack challenge of sending control signals to millions of qubits at once (PhysicsWorld)
    • Could we treat ulcers and COVID with plasma? (COSMOS)
    • Developing and protecting Australia's critical technology (ABC News)
    • Australia to invest $70 million in developing quantum technology (
    • These 40 young researchers are rising stars, leaders of the future (The Australian)
    • Primary students see the big picture with Einsteinian physics (ABC News)

      Jobs corner

      Ionising Radiation Hazard Manager

      Develop tools and techniques to implement best practice radiation protection for Defence personnel by working as the Ionising Radiation Manager within the Joint Capabilities Group.

      The ideal candidate has a STEM degree and/or experience in radiation safety/protection or as a health physicist. Details here

      Applications close 16 Dec.

      Early-Career Researcher opportunities

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

      The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) is seeking to appoint up to four Research Fellows. Applications from women, Indigenous Australians and individuals from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds encouraged. Apply here.

      Deadline extended to 3 Dec 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 here

      Applications always open.

      There are currently 1,422 jobs listed on Seek under ‘data science, data scientist’, including Data Professional and Senior Data Scientist, and 334 under ‘Physics/Education’, including Women in FLEET Research Fellow and Education and Communications Officer (ASTRO 3D).

      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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