Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Much good news for physicists in the past few weeks.

Last month saw astronomers reveal the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own galaxyIt was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. See the amazing image below.

Congratulations to the physicists and astronomers recently elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science: Marcela Bilek, Matthew Bailes, Naomi McClure-Griffiths. It is also great to see Chennupati Jagadish, a Fellow of the AIP, now heading up the Academy.

We have a new federal government, and we await with anticipation new directions on science and higher education. The AIP will look to engage actively with the new government to advance the priorities of the STEM sector.

Our 2022 Women in Physics lecture tour kicks off in NSW and ACT on 31 May, with three talks open to the public. Please visit our website for more information about the tour.

The International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors is on this month, which is a chance for some of the Australian Physics community to meet with each other and international colleagues.

We eagerly await the AIP Congress in December, which represents the first opportunity post-pandemic for the whole Australian Physics community to gather. A great line-up of networking events and workshops are planned, including quantum workshops and a pitchfest, as well as a physics education-themed high tea.  

Finally, several awards for physics education (from AIP QLD and International Conference on Physics Education), students (AIP NSW) and community outreach (AIP NSW) are open for nomination. See More News below for details. Please consider nominating a colleague.

Best wishes,

Nicole Bell
Vice President, Australian Institute of Physics


Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration

Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. Scientists had previously seen stars orbiting around something invisible, compact, and very massive.

Read more here


Defence quantum tech, specialty optical fibres & more: AIP Congress

More than 20 specialist streams & special events

Actively participate in practical workshops, networking events, a pitchfest, and more when you register to attend the 24th AIP Congress in Adelaide from 11-16 Dec.  The program also features more than 20 specialist topic streams in physics.

Read more on the Congress here

Incoming! 2022 Women in Physics lecture tour starts in NSW & ACT

Women in Physics tour kicked off on 31 May  

Come and listen to planetary scientist Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic explain what happens when a big fat rock from outer space smashes into planets, and why we should care. She’s giving free public talks around the country, starting in NSW & ACT.

Read more here and the press release here.


Three physicists elected as 2022 Science Academy Fellows

Physicists well-represented in announcement of 2022 Fellows

Professor Chennupati Jagadish FAIP steps up as President of the Australian Academy of Science at the same time as three physicists have been elected as 2022 Fellows: Professors Marcela Bilek (USyd), Matthew Bailes (Swinburne), and Naomi McClure-Griffiths (ANU).

Read more here.   


More news

  • "Our universe is just one space in this larger space, which we call the multiverse.” Professors Geraint Lewis FAIP and Tamara Davis AM (2011 Women in Physics lecturer) quoted in an article on the physics of multiverses and how it differs from how they’re depicted in pop culture.
  • An ‘ever-ticking clock’? Watch Associate Professor Stephan Rachel FAIP’s talk on using IBM’s quantum computer to simulate a time crystal, that acts like an ‘ever-ticking clock’ that neither loses energy nor requires an energy supply to keep going. Hosted by the AIP Theoretical Physics Group.
  • Present a physics-related comedy, demonstration, quiz etc. at AIP NSW’s 2022 Physics in the Pub night. Hosted by Dr Phil Dooley of Phil Up on Science. Nominate using this form. Entries close on 17 Jun.
  • What do you see as the goals of science and science communication? Participate in a University of Western Australia study that investigates how scientists think about the relationship between science and society. Participation involves an interview. All information gathered will be de-identified.  See here on for more information on the study and click here to express your interest. Closes 24 Jun.
  • Nominate a Queensland teacher who’s had a positive impact on physics education at the high school level for the 2022 AIP QLD Excellence in Physics Teaching Award. The award includes a cash prize, plaque, and certificate. Nominations close 5 Aug.
  • Early career women in STEMM are invited to register for a free workshop at the University of Sydney on 28 – 30 Sep aimed at strengthening scientific writing and critical thinking skills. The practical workshop will feature talks by high-profile mentors including Prof Chennupati Jagadish FAIP. The AIP is a proud co-sponsor of the workshop. Applications close 31 Aug.
  • Acknowledge your best students by nominating them for the 2022 AIP NSW Branch student awards. Each physics institution in NSW is invited to nominate an undergraduate physics student for the AIP NSW Best Graduating Student award. Similarly, they are invited to nominate a postgraduate physics student for the AIP NSW Postgraduate medal and the Jak Kelly Scholarship prize from 1 Aug. Postgraduate students will make a short presentation on their research. Nominations for all awards closes 8 Oct.
  • Know an excellent communicator of physics who has contributed greatly to outreach and physics education in NSW? Nominate them for the 2022 AIP NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award. Last year’s winner was Prof Andrea Morello (UNSW). Nominations close 8 Oct.

      Lab instrument developer & entrepreneur: Professor Daniel Shaddock

      Physics research throws a lot of really hard problems at us. Knowing that we have solved some of these gives me great confidence that we can do anything.”

      An expert in developing precision measurement technologies user laser interferometry, Daniel Shaddock was surprised to find how skills from research greatly helped him as a co-founder and CEO of a lab instrument start-up company.

      Read his career profile here.


      zOOm into Physics: the fun continues with Entropy, Part 2

      Back by popular demand: we're continuing our zOOm into Physics (ZiP) chat on entropy this month. We'll be joined again by guest, astronomer Luke Barnes.

      Wed 22 Jun, 8-9.30pm AEST. Details to come here.

      ZiP is our monthly, light-hearted online discussion on a physics-related topic with our resident panel of physicists and moderator Scott Martin.


      Upcoming events 

      Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Science Space, North Wollongong | 6:30pm, 1 Jun

      Women in Physics Research Colloquium for physicists: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Australian National University, Canberra & Online | 2pm, 2 Jun

      Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | UNSW Canberra, Canberra | 5:30pm, 2 Jun

      ‘The Life and Death of Turbulence’ - AIP Theoretical Physics Group webinar by Distinguished Professor Nigel Goldenfeld (University of California, San Diego) | Online | 9 Jun

      Big Science of Gen IV Power Reactors –  joint AIP, RACI, RSNSW, and ANSTO event | Sydney and Online | 21 Jun

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

      AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane | 11am, 20 Jul

      International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) 33rd Annual Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2022) | Online | 1 – 4 Aug

      15th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC15) covering all areas of physics | Online | 21 – 26 Aug

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

      Early career women in STEMM paper and grant writing workshop – partly sponsored by the AIP | Sydney | 28 – 30 Sep

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

      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 on the AIP website. Some events are profiled in our monthly newsletter and shared through the AIP social media accounts. 


        Australian physics in the news

        • Why ANU's quantum random number generator is in high demand (Canberra Times)
        • Science is lighting up TikTok, and Kirsten Banks (The Brilliant)
        • Research funding shortfall triggers 25pc cut to ANU physics department (Financial Review)
        • Australian scientists vent frustrations ahead of national election (Physics Today)
        • A new quantum technique could enable telescopes the size of planet Earth (Phys Org)
        • Physicist Dr Peter Hill walks from Broken Hill to Adelaide to educate students about quantum mechanics (ABC News)
        • Unusual neutron star spinning every 76 seconds discovered in stellar graveyard (Phys Org)

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              The 2022 AIP Congress will be the biggest in-person gathering of the Australian Physics community in the past three years. Over 700 delegates from academia, government and industry will attend.

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              Postdoctoral Research Fellow

              Develop tools for device-independent security for information networks, using quantum information encoded & distributed by photons. 

              Full-time, fixed-term position within the Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University. More info here.

              Closes 27 Jun. 

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              Applications always open. 

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              See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including Surface Scientist (CSIRO, Melbourne), Nuclear Safety Technician (ANSTO), and Directed Energy Weapons Operations Analyst (Department of Defence, Canberra). 

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