Dear {Contact_First_Name},

It’s well and truly spring and I hope you made the most of the recent public holidays to refresh yourself for the last quarter of the year.

Congratulations to the nine DECRAs, ten Future and four Laureate Fellows in the physical sciences as well as the physicists successful in other fields. Commiserations to those that missed out. Rest assured that we are still working with the ARC to improve the process for all applicants. You can read more about our advocacy efforts here.

In other good news, the discounted early bird registration for the AIP Congress in Adelaide has been extended to 14 Oct. Register here.

Cathy Foley, Australia’s Chief Scientist and past president of the AIP, recently released a paper on Australia’s success in quantum technologies and the lessons that may help scale up other sectors. It is good to see the physical sciences being an exemplar; but, as stated in the paper, only 1 in 5 professionals in physics, astronomy and related fields is a woman. This drops to 1 in 10 for senior leadership positions. Barriers for their success still exist.

Lastly, we are sad to hear of the recent passing of Michael Brunger FAIP.  He was well-loved and will be greatly missed. 

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Hit discovery: NASA’s InSight ‘hears’ Mars impacts for first time

New paper co-authored by 2022 Women in Physics lecturer

NASA InSight has detected four impacts from meteroids that crashed on Mars, using seismic and sound waves. It’s the first time that impacts have been detected on Mars using this type of information.



In memoriam: Professor Michael Brunger FAIP

Flinders University pays tribute

Prof Michael Brunger passed away last month. We, his friends, colleagues and the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University, received this news with great sadness. Vale Michael.



Are we living in The Matrix?

Walter Boas Lecture on 3 Oct

What do quantum experiments reveal about the world and our powers in it? Professor Howard Wiseman (Griffith University) explains how quantum physicists can transcend the normal rules of physics, like agents in The Matrix.

Read more.


Tonga volcanic eruption, 100 years of IUPAP, cryptography & more

Read the Jul-Sep edition of Australian Physics

What caused the explosive volcanic eruption on an uninhabited Tongan island earlier this year, looking back at 100 years of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, how to secure information with cryptography in the advent of quantum computers, and more in the latest edition of our magazine.

Read more.


More news

  • You can still submit an abstract for the 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting, Wagga 2023. Email your abstract to secure your place. Deadline extended to 17 Oct.
  • Calling for presenters for the Victorian Physics Teachers’ Conference (PHYSCON 2023) on 24 Feb 2023. The hybrid-format conference will be held in Melbourne and organised by the Vicphysics Teachers' Network in association with the Swinburne University of Technology. Keynote speakers are Professor Jean Brodie (Swinburne University) and Dr Suzie Sheehy (University of Melbourne).  The call for presenters is still open with registrations to open mid-Oct.
  • Photonics students and early career researchers: you can win a cash prize when you give a 3 min talk on your research at the Workshop on 3D-printing of Photonics Materials, part of the 2022 AIP Congress. Submit the title of your talk by 31 Oct.
  • Do research in Japan: apply for postdoctoral fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. The fellowship award includes travel and settling-in costs and a generous monthly maintenance allowance. Closes 12 Dec.
  • Gravitational waves are the last great prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Watch a recording from the recent 2022 Einstein Lecture: Ripples in Space and Time, jointly presented by Professors Geraint Lewis and Tara Murphy last month, available here.
  • Is quantum mechanics really an incomplete theory? Professor Margaret Reid re-examines this and addresses how macroscopic Bell tests can be compatible with macroscopic realism. Re-watch the AIP Theoretical Physics webinar here.
  • Do you have a great image of physics in action? We’re looking for images for our next AIP banner to be featured on our website’s homepage and used as an email header for 2023. Your image will be linked to a description and credited. The current banner of a ‘light fountain’ is by Ben Sparkes from the Defence Science and Technology group. Submit your images here.

          Mathematical modelling of stocks

          Dr Robert Hannah

          “Physics is very multidisciplinary: a powerful combination involving coding, statistics, modelling, math, and theoretical understanding. Your skills will always be in high demand.”

          Robert is using his training in modelling the natural world with physics to find the true price of financial assets.

          Read Robert's profile here


          Early bird registration for AIP Congress extended

          Register by Fri 14 Oct for a discount

          It's not too late to take advantage of the early bird registration discount for the Congress in Adelaide on 11–16 Sep. AIP members enjoy a further discount upon registration. If you’re a student and unsure about how to qualify for discounts, more information available here.

          Registration for the Congress here.


          Upcoming events 

          2022 Walter Boas Public Lecture: 'Are we living in The Matrix?' by Professor Howard Wiseman | Melbourne | 3 Oct

          FREE Public Lecture: 'Mars: A Space Radiation Odyssey' by Associate Professor Susanna Guatelli (2021 Women in Physics lecturer) | Adelaide and Online | 5 Oct

          AIP Theoretical Physics Group webinar: 'Light-matter coupled quantum systems in flatland' by Professor Meera Parish | Online | 6 Oct

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

          Asia-Pacific Condensed Matter Physics Conference 2022 (AC2MP2022) | Japan | 21  23 Nov

          Gordon Godfrey Workshop: Spins, Topology & Strong Electron Correlations | Sydney | 21 – 25 Nov

          AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Curtin University, Perth | 1 Dec

          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

            • Meet the woman at the forefront of the global quantum race (Forbes)
            • Giant meteorites could be responsible for Earth’s continents (Physics Today)
            • ‘They made history’: NASA’s mission successfully strikes an asteroid (The Age)
            • The review on women in STEM: a physicist’s perspective (COSMOS) – featuring our Immediate Past President Professor Jodie Bradby
            • This Aussie scientist discovers new planets for NASA & her day-to-day is out of this world (
            • Around the QIST: Quantum charts a course for Aussie STEM success (Innovation Aus)
            • How are our universities preparing for AUKUS? (COSMOS)
            • Ed Husic sets out plan for Australia’s quantum leap in technology and industry (The Australian)

                      Jobs corner

                      Postdoctoral Research Associate - Solar & Stellar Flare Statistics

                      Help improve our ability to predict solar and stellar flares by performing data analysis and developing theoretical and numerical models. This position is based at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.  Note this is a women-only position.

                      More info here. Closes 19 Oct.

                      Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Gravitational waves

                      Develop optical instrumentation for precision interferometry with the aim of detecting gravitational waves. Female-identifying applicants are encouraged to apply for this full-time, tenure-track position with the Australian National University Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA).

                      More info here. Closes 27 Oct.

                      Postdoctoral Research Associate - Galactic archaeology

                      Investigate a new window on the Milky Way galaxy when you join the Galactic Archaeology (GALAH) survey team and the ASTRO-3D Centre of Excellence. This position is based at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in the School of Physics, University of Sydney. Note this is a women-only position.

                      More info here. Closes 31 Oct.

                      Other opportunities

                      See here for a list of selected physics-related jobs, including ANSTO Year in Industry intern (Sydney), CSIRO atmospheric modeller (multiple locations), Research Associate in Nanophotonics (Canberra), and more.

                      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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