Dear {Contact_First_Name},

It is my pleasure to announce that the AIP Congress this year will be held in Adelaide from 11 to 16 December. Abstract submissions and early-bird registrations will open 20 Apr. It looks like it will be our biggest gathering in a while, and I am looking forward to seeing you in person.

The AIP was invited to the Senate Estimates Hearing based on our submission regarding the Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018. We were on the STEM panel together with the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Science and Technology Australia.

The panel pushed for funding independence, argued that the recent veto breached international best practice, and warned that the common excessive delays in grant announcements, due to ministerial sign-off, negatively impacts early career researchers near the end of their fixed-term contracts.

 While the bill was unfortunately voted down, it was good to hear a unified voice from the science and technology sector with specific support for the humanities community which was impacted by the six vetoes last hear.

Finally, we have 11 AIP awards open for nomination, including two established this year – the Women in Leadership Medal and the Communication Award. The deadline is 1 May so please consider nominating a colleague or yourself. Details on eligibility and selection criteria are on our website.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Research independence bill defeated but unites research sector

AIP President speaks at the Senate Inquiry

Professor Sven Rogge spoke on behalf of the AIP to advocate for the independence of the Australian Research Council at the 9 Mar proceedings of the Senate and Education Employment Legislation Committee. 

Read about the ARC Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018 and the recommendation of the Committee here.


24th AIP Congress in Adelaide in December

Optics and photonics, the latest industry tech, and catered poster sessions will feature at this year's Congress

We look forward to welcoming you in Adelaide from 11-16 Dec. It will be the first large in-person meeting of the Australian physics community since the AIP congress in Perth in 2018.

We will be co-locating with the Australian and New Zealand Conferences on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) and the 7th International Workshop on Speciality Optical Fibers (WSOF).

Read more here.


Nominations for 11 AIP Awards open

Let your colleagues and students know what an excellent job they’re doing by nominating them for this year’s AIP Awards. Some awards allow self-nomination.

Awards include recognising research excellence, contribution to  physics education, service to physics, and more.

The closing date for most awards is 1 May.

Read more here.


Odd radio circles: a closer look

A new, detailed image of odd radio circles (ORCs) has been captured by the South African Astronomy Observatory’s MeerKAT radio telescope.

ORCs were first revealed by the ASKAP radio telescope - owned and operated by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO - and quickly became objects of fascination.

Read more here.


Thank you for supporting physics in Australia

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More news

  • For his outstanding contributions to physical optics including developing nanolasers, Professor Yuri Kivshar FAIP has won the prestigious Max Born Award. It is awarded by Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America) and was previously won by Nobel Laureates such as Professors Roy Glauber and John Hall.  Prof Kivshar was the winner of our 2005 Walter Boas Medal and 2014 Harrie Massey Medal and Prize.
  • 2000 Women in Physics Lecturer Prof Michelle Simmons has been awarded the Esther Hoffman Beller Lectureship from the American Physical Society (APS). She will present at APS meetings on manufacturing qubits in silicon. Prof Simmons is the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T).
  • Show your support for undergraduate and postgraduate students who cannot continue their studies in Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian military aggression. Consider signing an open letter appealing to Provosts and Vice Chancellors of Australian Universities.
  • Present a physics-related comedy, demonstration, quiz etc. at the AIP NSW’s 2022 Physics in the Pub night. Hosted by Dr Phil Dooley of Phil Up on Science. Nominate using this form. Closes 17 Jun.
  • Nominate an ECR for prizes sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Nominations for prizes in the fields of Laser Physics & Photonics and Plasma Physics close 8 Apr and 30 Apr respectively, and for the newly established IUPAP Interdisciplinary ECR Award 31 Dec.

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    "Research isn’t truly complete until you’ve told people about it, so I encourage you to reach out to the communication team in your organisation and tell them about your research.”

    Ben majored in physics and science communication and is now a communications advisor at the University of Melbourne. He previously coordinated the AIP newsletter. 

    Read his career profile here


    Upcoming events 

    Australian Nuclear Association (ANA2022) Conference | Sydney | 8 Apr 

    AIP TAS Public Lecture: 'It's about Time' by Prof Michael Tobar, on his work measuring time to improve international clock technology | Hobart & Online | 11 Apr, 8pm AEST

     Mathēmatica Sōlis et Terrae: An Australian Academy of Science – Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference | Canberra & Online | 11 13 Apr

    International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors | Sydney | 26 Jun — 1 Jul

    STEM Education and Industry Forum - AIP NSW & the Teacher's Guild of NSW | Sydney | 28 Sep

    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 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

      • Odd radio circles in space may come from black holes at their centres (New Scientist)
      • As the Senate discusses research and ministerial vetoes, here’s one idea for an independent, accountable grant scheme (The Conversation)
      • Australian researchers push to end politicians’ power to veto grants  (Nature
      • The Milky Way is a giant ‘smoothie’ of blended stars (Cosmos)
      • Australian Chief Scientist wants more girls to choose STEM (The Australian)
      • Australia/Germany hydrogen initiative launches (Mining Weekly)
      • Drones and artificial intelligence aid hunt for fallen meteorite in outback Western Australia (Phys Org)
      •  Research roadtrip bringing science to kids in the bush (2GB Radio)
      • The huge carbon footprint of large-scale computing (Physics World)

          Jobs corner

          High School Science Teacher- Physics

          Permanent, full-time Science (Physics) Teacher position at Rosebank College, Five Dock, Sydney.

          The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching Stage 6 Physics and Stage 4/5 Science, and can integrate  e-learning and innovative pedagogy. Details here

          Closes 1 Apr

          Postdoc Research Fellow in Plasma-liquid Modelling

          Full-time postdoc available with James Cook University, based in Townsville.

          Research electron & positron transport processes in liquids, including modelling of plasma-liquid interactions, for future medical & technical applications. Details here.

           Closes 3 Apr

          Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics

          Full-time, continuing lecturer/senior lecturer in medical physics with Monash University.

          Prepare and deliver lectures, conduct original research, and supervise students at one of the world's top 80 universities. Details here.

          Closes 11 Apr

          Other opportunities

          See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including Postdoctoral Fellow (X-Ray) with ANU/Australian Synchrotron, Research Assistant, and Research Fellow (Integrated Circuits Development for Space and Defence). 

          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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