Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Welcome back. I hope you’ve started off the year feeling renewed after the holiday season.

We ended 2022 on a high, with the huge success of the AIP Congress in Adelaide. It was energising to connect with members in person at the event, and hear about diverse work pushing the boundaries of quantum science, optics, astrophysics and much more. You can read more about some of the stories and ideas from the Congress below.

I’m looking forward to seeing you online at the AGM this Thursday 2 Feb. It’s the 60th year of the AIP – formed on 21 February 1963, after which the Australian Branch of the Institute of Physics (IOP) was dissolved. Today, nine of the original (almost) 500 members are still active! We’ll be looking back on our history and planning where we are headed. I’ll also be handing over the reins to incoming AIP President Professor Nicole Bell after the AGM as she and the new committee formally take office.

It’s been an honour to serve our community as President. As I reflect back on my time as President of the AIP, I am particularly proud of our recent submissions on the ARC review and changes to the school science syllabus, as well as efforts to pivot to ethical banking, drafting a new diversity and inclusion statement, and advocating for the independence of the ARC at a Senate inquiry.

Thank you to my fellow executive committee members, many of whom will be continuing to serve the physics community on the committee this year.

It was fantastic to see physics recognised in the 2023 Australia Day Honours including Prof Peter Hannaford, Prof Matthew Colless, and Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Doherty. More on that below.

Finally, I’d like to recognise that 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is a time to celebrate the many prominent women in our physics community (not least our new President and the many women on the executive committee) and also to recognise that we still have much work to do to encourage girls and women into physics, and to support them throughout their careers.

All the best,

Sven Rogge
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Join us online for our 60th AGM

1963-2023: The AIP turns 60 this year

The 60th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics will be held via Zoom on Thursday 2 Feb 2023, from 5.30pm AEDT.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register and details here.


Nuclear jobs, fusion reactions, and more stories from AIP Congress 2022

Thank you to everyone who helped with the media campaign for the Congress.

Over 300 media stories mentioned the Congress and/or its speakers. Media highlights included:

  • Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland on Radio National Drive program and 5AA radio
  • A call to boost nuclear science education with AJ Mitchell on RN Breakfast, ABC Melbourne Drive, and in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
  • Andrew Stuchbery and Ken Baldwin talking ‘everywhere’ about the US fusion announcement, including RN Breakfast, ABC News Breakfast and The Australian.
  • Cathy Foley with an opinion piece about investment in Australia’s quantum sector.

Read some of stories from the Congress and see the media coverage.

See photos from the Congress.


Get ready for AIP award nominations

In 2023, the AIP’s award nomination due dates are moving earlier in the year.

So, if you’re thinking of nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the many awards on offer, start preparing for your applications now.

Read more about award due dates, the earliest of which is 1 April.


Apply to attend Science Meets Parliament

Closing 10 Feb: Would you like to attend Science Meets Parliament 2023 as an AIP delegate?

AIP is sponsoring two delegate places to attend the program, covering the event registration cost. Travel scholarships are also available for application through Science and Technology Australia.

Apply for both by 10 Feb. See further details on the AIP website.


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More news

  • Using physics for atomic analysis – congratulations to AIP Fellow Peter Hannaford from Swinburne University, "a leading light in Australian experimental laser spectroscopy & atomic physics", who was appointed the top honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), at the Australia Day Honours. Read the COSMOS magazine story.
  • Revealing the secrets of thousands of galaxies – congratulations to astrophysicist, Professor Matthew Colless, ANU, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours. Read more in The Canberra Times.
  • Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Marcus William Doherty, awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in the Australia Day Honours, for meritorious achievement as the Staff Officer Grade Three for Quantum Technology within Future Land Warfare Branch, Army Headquarters, and delivering Army's Quantum Technology Roadmap and driving innovation in emerging technology.
  • The call for nominations for the IUPAP Interdisciplinary Early Career Scientist Award is now open. The deadline for nomination submissions is May 31, 2023 (midnight UTC). Read more via IUPAP.
  • The International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, with a range of events and other development opportunities for students. IAPS is an association of physics students and student societies from around the globe, working to promote collaborations and supporting physics students in their professional and social development. Read more and get involved via their website.


              From semiconductors to Google #PhysicsGotMeHere

              "After I got my physics PhD, the field of data science started taking off, and the technical problem-solving skills that I had developed through physics set me up to be a good match for these roles," says Wilson Pok, Data Scientist at Google.

              Read more about how his PhD in semiconductor physics has allowed him to help businesses run and analyse large-scale experiments at Google.


              Upcoming events

              60th Annual General Meeting of the AIP | Online | 2 Feb

              The 45th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting | Wagga Wagga | 7-10 Feb 23

              Quantum Australia 2023 | Online and Sydney | 21-23 Feb

              Victorian Physics Teachers’ Conference (PHYSCON 2023) | Melbourne and online | 24 Feb 23

              Space Elevate | Brisbane | 22-23 Mar

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

              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

                • Australian Institute of Physics response to national science review (COSMOS magazine)
                • NSW software engineer forges space industry career capturing satellite-to-satellite images (ABC News)
                • Opinion | How India and Australia can win the semiconductor race (CNNnews18)
                • Researchers harness the power of the Sun in fusion breakthrough (RN Breakfast)
                • OzGrav: Turning Einstein’s imagination into reality (SciTech Daily)
                • VIDEO: Surging number of satellites posing concerns for space sustainability (ABC News)
                • Classroom assistance: the scientists turning the tools of their trade to education (Nature)
                • Physicists have used entanglement to ‘stretch’ the uncertainty principle, improving quantum measurements (ANU News)

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