Dear {Contact_First_Name},

The final report from the ARC Review has been released. I’m pleased to see that the recommendations of the report reflect many of the major issues we highlighted in our submission to the ARC last year. The AIP hopes these recommendations will be adopted and quickly implemented.

This month we join celebrations marking 70 years since Australia’s first nuclear research facility opened at Lucas Heights. It’s a great example of how support for physics has brought benefits to Australians, through health diagnostics and therapeutics, manufacturing tech, environmental monitoring and more. 

If your research has made an important contribution to physics in Australia, please consider nominating for the AIP’s Walter Boas Medal. It’s one of our top awards, presented annually. This year it will be presented at our Summer Meeting, which will be 4–8 December. Nominations are due by 8 May.

Best wishes,

Nicole Bell
President, Australian Institute of Physics


AIP responds to ARC Review report

The AIP welcomes the recommendations of the ARC Review report, which reflect the major issues we highlighted in our submission to the ARC Review consultation process.

Our advocacy efforts to lobby for a modernised ARC are summarised in a recent COSMOS article.  

Read more.


Celebrating 70 years of Australian nuclear science 

Seventy years ago, Australia’s first nuclear science research facility opened at Lucas Heights. Since 1953, it has helped diagnose and treat diseases, helped scientists confront environmental challenges, and advanced industry and manufacturing. And a few months ago, helped find a missing radioactive capsule in Western Australia.

Read more.


Closing soon: AIP prize for excellence in physics research

Nominate by 8 May for the Walter Boas medal. AIP awards the medal annually for original research that makes an important contribution to physics in Australia. The eligibility requirements have been updated to allow non-Australian citizens to apply. The award requires the work to have been completed in Australia. Nominate via the AIP website.

Read more.


Thank you for supporting physics in Australia

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News and opportunities

Are you an early-career researcher looking to share your research with the wider public? Apply now for the ABC Top 5 Media Residency Program. It’s your chance to work with the ABC and gain valuable skills in storytelling and communication. Applications close 14 May. Read more.

Could you creatively present an aspect of physics in eight minutes, such as through comedy, a quiz, music or demonstrations? Apply to be part of NSW AIP Physics in the Pub with host Dr Phil Dooley from Phil Up On Science. Apply by 30 June. Download the information and nomination form.

AIP NSW is calling for nominations for NSW-based members to join AIP’s Accreditation Committee. The role of the committee is to accredit Australian Bachelor degrees with a physics major. Apply by 31 May. Read more

Training Australia's world class quantum technology graduates: Minister Ed Husic has announced $4.6 million in Australian Government grants to boost education and collaboration in the nation’s quantum sector. Read more

AIP NSW Research Poster Presentations: Congratulations to all student participants, and to the winners: Pradeep Murthy (University of Sydney), Madeline Hennessey (UTS) and Elizabeth Arcadi (Macquarie University). Read more.

Early Career Scientist Prize in Computational Physics: IUPAP’s Commission on Computational Physics (C20) is seeking nominations for the prize by 31 May. Read more, and email your nomination to Mei-Yin Chou.

Women in Physics Lecturer: dates for this year’s lecture tour with Prof Karen Livesey will be announced shortly. In the meantime, AIP is calling for applications for the 2024 lecturer. Apply by 1 June. Read more and nominate.

Nominate for the 2023 NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award: awarded to individuals that conduct activities that engage our community and contribute to public engagement within physics. Apply by 7 October. Read more.

See your work published in Australian Physics magazine. We’re always on the look-out for write-ups of published papers, physics poems, and physics-related graphics and artwork. Send your suggestions to


                “Physicists cannot be confined to a silo”


                Read how Benjamin’s interest in defence led him to train in physics and nanotech as a mature-aged student; then take on a leading role in calibration and testing services.

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                Do you know someone with training in #physics who has followed an interesting career path outside of academia? We would love to profile them for our #PhysicsGotMeHere career profiles, which explore all the places your physics training can take you. Get in touch.


                Upcoming events

                Lecture – Most of Our Universe is Missing! Adventures in The Dark Side of The Cosmos | Adelaide | 3 May

                Lecture – Crystallizing Time with Lasers | Hawthorne and Online | 4 May

                STATPHYS28 | Toyko | 7-11 Aug

                NSW AIP Physics in the Pub | Sydney | 25 Aug

                26th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography | Melbourne | 22-29 Aug

                International Conference of Physics Students 2023 | Philippines | 7-13 Sep

                9th Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology | Kingscliff, NSW | 16-20 Oct

                Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference 2023| Gold Coast | 29 Oct to 2 Nov

                ANZCOP–AIP Summer meeting | Canberra | 4-8 Dec (save the date)

                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

                  Queensland girls still underrepresented in specialist maths despite push to increase participation (ABC News)

                  Einstein rings image reveal dark matter could be wave-like (COSMOS Magazine)

                  How female eclipse chasers contributed to science in Australia (The University of Sydney)

                  Quantum in action (COSMOS Magazine)

                  We need a new cultural relationship with science: STA (The Australian)

                  Australian measurement on the world stage (Department of Industry Science and Resources)

                  Pictures emerge from first solar eclipse in more than a decade (7 News)

                  Flocking to one of the few specks of land in sight of a total eclipse (The New York Times)


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