Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Happy New Year. I hope you’ve had a good break.

We finished 2021 with a fantastic hybrid Summer meeting with record attendance. There were also further issues with the ARC (more on that below). But first, some good news.

Bruce McKellar and Marc Duldig were recognised with AIP Awards for their Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia.

Katarina Miljkovic (Curtin University) will be our 2022 Women In Physics Lecturer. Dates and locations will be announced soon.

Congratulations to all, and those who have won our AIP Medals!

It was also great to see good representation of Australian science in the 2022 Australia Day Honours.

Sadly, however, our valued member Mike Gore, who founded Questacon, passed away this January.

Last year, the ARC released the results of the Discovery Program on Christmas Eve. There was an even bigger disruption to the process in addition to the massive delays and yet unknown deadlines of the next round.

The acting Education Minister withheld six grants, all in the humanities, arguing that they do not represent sufficient value for taxpayers. His action was based on the National Interest Test that is not part of the peer review process nor subject to evaluation by the College of Experts. The independent process already directly assesses applications for their scientific merit, value, and strategic alignment for Australia. It is shocking to see the allocation of all research funds outside the medical sphere being politicised to the degree we currently experience in Australia.

To this end, we recently wrote a statement and open letter to protest the veto of ARC grants by the acting Education Minister. We join the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), and Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) in protesting this issue.

On that note, we hope to see you at our AGM, which will be held via Zoom. Please have a read of our updated constitution for voting before you attend.

All the best for 2022,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


An impact of planetary proportions

2022 Women in Physics Lecturer is Assoc Prof Katarina Miljkovic

‘Impact physics in planetary science’ is the title of the proposed public lectures to be given around Australia by Lectureship winner, Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic (Curtin University).

Prof Miljkovic is a planetary scientist with expertise in numerical and experimental impact physics and a passionate advocate for studying science.

Read more here.


Outstanding Service to Physics

Prof Bruce McKellar & Dr Marc Duldig

For their exceptional contributions to the furtherance of Physics as a discipline, Professor Bruce McKellar (University of Melbourne) AC FAIP and Dr Marc Duldig (University of Tasmania) FAIP were recognised with a 2021 AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia.

Among their many acts of service, Prof McKellar was a founding member of the Australian Research Council while Dr Duldig served as AIP President, Vice President and Treasurer.

Read more here.


Congratulations to our 2021 AIP Medal Winners

We are thrilled to announce the following winners of our competitive Medals:

  • 2021 Walter Boas Medal – Professor Howard Wiseman (Griffith University) for his work on elucidating fundamental limits arising from quantum theory.
  • 2021 Bragg Gold Medal – Dr Timothy Gray (ANU) for the most outstanding PhD thesis.
  • 2021 TH Laby Medal - Ethan Payne (Monash University) for the best Honours or Masters thesis.

A very big thank you also to the 2019-2021 selection panel members. Read more here.


Quantum computers in the news

Australian physicists working with international collaborators have made two great steps forward in silicon quantum computer technology.

A team led by former AIP President Professor David Jamieson (University of Melbourne) perfected a technique for embedding single atoms in a silicon wafer one-by-one. Read more here.

Another team led by Professor Andrea Morello (UNSW) demonstrated that near error-free quantum computing in silicon is possible. He won the 2021 AIP NSW Award for Community Outreach. Read more here.


Renew your AIP membership now

Hurry and renew before your AIP 2022 membership fee goes up on 3 Feb by clicking here.  

Benefits include conference support, quarterly copies of Australian Physics magazine, and reciprocal benefits with other physics societies.  

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More news

  • AIP Summer Meeting 2021 was the most attended to date and achieved a diverse representation of participants.
  • Vale Prof Mike Gore (ANU) AO: physicist, passionate science educator, and Questacon founder.  He was our 2001 AIP Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia winner.
  • Cancelled: the 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting at Wagga Wagga will no longer be held in Feb 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We hope to reschedule for early 2023. Details here. 
  • Do you or someone have at least a physics undergraduate degree, and have had an unexpected career path? Share your story with us by nominating for #PhysicsGotMeHere.
  • Our monthly lighthearted zOOm into Physics online discussions are back on for 2022! Check our ZiP page for upcoming sessions.

New edition of Australian Physics available online

The boundary of chaos, optical metasurfaces, AIP Vice President Prof Nicole Bell on the AIP's advocacy on the ARC's no-preprint rule, and the difference between weight and mass for young physicists.

Members can read these stories online by logging in.

Got an idea for content? How to submit, here.


Upcoming events 

Online, 2 Feb | From Black-hole Singularities to Cyclic Cosmology - Public lecture by 2020 Physics Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Roger Penrose

Online, 11 Feb | Quantum Information & Quantum Foundations with Donors in Silicon - AIP & ARC CQC2t talk by Professor Andrea Morello, winner of 2021 AIP NSW Outreach to Physics Award & 2019 AIP Walter Boas Medal.

Online, 15 Feb | 2022 AIP Annual General Meeting

Canberra / Online, 28 Feb onward | 2022 Science Meets Parliament events

Canberra, 7–10 Mar | Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference 2022

Sydney,  26 Jun – 1 Jul | 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

    • Mysterious object unlike anything astronomers have seen before (COSMOS)
    • In a historic milestone, silicon quantum computing just exceeded 99% accuracy (Science Alert)
    • Building a silicon quantum computer chip atom by atom  (PhysOrg
    • Australian Research Council backs downs to angry scientists (The Australian)
    • Seeking answers to the universe deep in a gold mine (NPR)
    • Einstein’s theory holds up after 16-year test (
    • These 40 young researchers are rising stars, leaders of the future (COSMOS)
    • Defence scrambles to train nuclear scientists for ‘exciting roles’ on AUKUS program (ABC News)
    • Black hole eruption spanning 16 times the full Moon in the sky is spotted by astronomers 12 million light years away (Daily Mail)
    • Physicists turn to TikTok for science communication (Physics Today)
    • ANU scientists create first rocket powered by… mothballs (About Regional)
    • Aussie advance in quantum battery reality (7News)

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