Dear {Contact_First_Name},

I write this introduction coming from a “Superstars of STEM” event organised by Science and Technology Australia (STA) and hosted by Google.

In the photo from the event are Dr Vanessa Pirotta (a Superstar of STEM), Sally Loane (Chubb Insurance), and Misha Schubert (Chief Executive Officer, STA) (Photo credit: Katje Ford).   

It was fantastic to hear how the Superstars of STEM program enables many women to gain the visibility and network to excel in science and technology with many examples of research impact. It was also great to see how Google celebrates diversity, including for the pure and simple motivation of better outcomes for the company. On a more general note, Google is very much looking for people with a science background combined with coding and teamwork skills.

Congratulations to our VP Nicole Bell for her appointment as Council member of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies.

Along similar lines regarding physical societies, I would like to announce the nominations by the AIP Executive for 2023 National Executive roles: Dongchen Qi (University of Queensland) for National Honorary Treasurer and Stuart Midgley (AIP WA) for Vice President. See the Executive’s nominations here. All positions will take office at our Annual General Meeting in February next year.

Finally, it is time to make travel arrangements for the Adelaide Congress since the early bird registration deadline is only a good 4 weeks away (30 Sep). I’m looking forward to catching up with you.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Digging deep for dark matter

Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory open

The first dark matter laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere is preparing to join the global quest to understand the nature of dark matter and unlock the secrets of our universe. Stage 1 of the underground lab is now complete. 

Read more.


In your interest: AIP pens open letter to ARC

Towards a fairer peer-review process without delays

We recently submitted an open letter to the Australian Research Council (ARC) following reports from our members that their funding applications were returned with requests to modify their National Interest Test statements.

Read more.


AIP President appointed as UNSW's Dean of Science

From Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) to Faculty Dean

UNSW Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Attila Brungs has announced Scientia Professor Sven Rogge as the new Dean of UNSW Science. He was chosen for his strong track record as a leader in both academic research and administration.



Look up! Women in Physics hits multiple states this month

Free public talks in Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle & Brisbane

What’s the difference between a meteoroid, meteor and meteorite? How do you measure quakes on Mars? How can you work for NASA? Find out from planetary scientist Assoc Prof Katarina Miljkovic, our 2022 Women in Physics Lecturer.

Read more.


More news

  • Our Vice President Professor Nicole Bell has been appointed as one of 15 council members of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) for 2023 2025. Congratulations, Nicole! Read more.
  • Distinguished Professor Igor Bray FAIP (Curtin University) has become the 17th person to be inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame, announced at the 2022 Premier’s Science Awards. Prof Bray is a world leader in the field of atomic and molecular collision physics.
  • Calling budding physicists and science communicators: Australian Physics magazine is seeking exceptional physics research articles or essays written by Year 12 students. Please contact the editors at for further information. Closes 9 Sep.
  • Submit your theoretical physics program proposals for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Topical Research Program 2023. Read more here. Closes 30 Sep.
  • 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 fountation' is by Ben Sparkes from the Defence Science and Technology group. Submit your images here.
  • Did you miss our webinar on bridging theory with experimental reality in a new subfield of quantum thermodynamics focused on noncommuting conserved quantities? Rewatch last month’s AIP Theoretical Physics Group webinar by Shayan Majidy (Institute for Quantum Computing) here.
  • Trivia: did you know that Olivia Newton-John’s grandfather was Max Born, who was a Physics Nobel Laureate (1954) and mathematician instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics? Vale Olivia.

          Nominate for the 2023 Women in Physics Lecturer

          Inspire future physicists by nominating an outstanding female physicist to be our 2023 Women in Physics Lecturer.

          "Increasing our visibility is effective for changing people's perceptions of what and who physicists are," says Dr Ceri Brenner, our 2018 Lecturer.

          See here for more details including how to nominate.

          Closes 16 Sep.


          Early bird rego ends soon, stellar talks & 'Meet the AIP Exec'

          Latest updates on 2022 AIP Congress

          Metaphotonics and Metasurfaces, Time Crystals, and Quantum Biotechnology are some of the focused sessions you can attend at the Congress. You can also enjoy a public lecture by Professor Tamara Davis and get to meet the AIP Exec and Branch Chairs in-person. Register now for an early bird discount.

          Read more.


          Upcoming events 

          AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | University of Adelaide, Adelaide | 6 Sep

          AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Curtin University, Perth | 22 Sep

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

          AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | University of Newcastle, Newcastle | 28 Sep

          Early career women in STEMM paper and grant-writing workshop | Sydney | 28 – 30 Sep

          AIP Women in Physics Public Lecture: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and Online | 29 Sep

          AIP Women in Physics Public Colloquium: ‘Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets’ by A/Prof Katarina Miljkovic | University of Queensland, Brisbane and Online | 30 Sep

          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 

          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

            • Academics welcome Australian Research Council overhaul following controversial grant decisions (The Guardian)
            • Micro-fridge research paves the way to quantum entanglement with large objects (PhysOrg)
            •  Quantum physics and dark matter explored by Eastern Goldfields College Year 12 students (The West Australian)
            • Laboratory to study dark matter opens 1km under Australian town – with no bananas allowed (The Guardian)
            • Perth supercomputer images aftermath of star’s violent death in first big test (Sydney Morning Herald)
            • Galaxy cluster Abell 3266 contains plasma shock wave, fossil remains of black hole's feeding frenzy (ABC News)
            • Quantum computing and the Australians on the cutting edge (9News)
            • Strange radio objects coming from distant galaxy ‘defy theory’, baffled scientists say (The US Sun)
            • Scientists bringing dark matter to the pub (MSN)

                    From modelling physical systems to a thriving business: Dr Peter Seebacher

                    “A constant challenge in life is to create order and clarity where there is chaos and disorder. Physics training lets you do this. Physics is both a science and a way of life.”

                    A whole new fascinating world opened when he began an applied physics degree. He now runs his own business developing innovative technology and providing insight for industry decisions and government regulations.

                    Read his career profile here and other profiles here.


                    Jobs corner

                    Multiple fully funded PhD positions

                    The Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP) is offering 14 fully funded PhD positions in Physics based at the University of Vienna. Benefit from being embedded in a network of more than 50 scientific teams with a range of experimental, theoretical & computational capabilities.

                    More info here. Closes 5 Sep. 

                    Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Theoretical physics

                    Design and build a revolutionary new type of laser based on a 2020 Nature Physics paper when you join the theoretical physics group led by Prof Howard Wiseman at the Centre for Quantum Dynamics. This research role also allows some independent research and/or teaching activities.

                    More info here. Closes 23 Sep.

                    Sydney Quantum Academy PhD scholarships

                    Want a career in cutting edge technology? Applications are now open for Sydney Quantum Academy PhD Scholarships. Study with world-leading quantum experts, join a supportive community and benefit from career development funding.

                    More info here. Closes 26 Sep.

                    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 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Astrophysics, Lecturer in Nuclear Physics, Academic Coordinator for the Physics Fundamentals subject at the University of Technology Sydney, 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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