Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Last week I was in Canberra representing the AIP at Science Meets Parliament (SMP), organised by Science & Technology Australia. It was a day of networking and conversations with politicians and colleagues from across Australia.

‘We need to change the conversation and put science front and centre in this nation’ – was the message from Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles at the Science Meets Parliament dinner.

Congratulations to the recent recipients of the Academy’s honorific awards for 2023, which included physicists Prof Susan Scott, Dr Amelia Liu and Prof Yuerui Lu. 

Prizes and awards are an important way to gain recognition for your work, and there are many currently open for nomination. This includes the AIP’s Boas Medal, the Eureka Prizes, and the Australian Academy of Science honorific awards. See below for details. I encourage you to nominate yourself or one of your colleagues.  

Finally, a save-the-date for your diary: the AIP Summer meeting will be held in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society at The Australian National University from 4 to 8 Dec 2023. I hope you can join us.

Best wishes,

Nicole Bell
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Aus subs need nuclear physicists

“Australia has a critical skills shortage in nuclear physics.”

“We have an urgent need to develop our capabilities to support the development of Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine program,” says AIP President Prof Nicole Bell. Read more.


Physicists honoured by Academy of Science

Among this year’s Australian Academy of Science’s award winners are Prof Susan Scott (gravitational waves), Dr Amelia Liu (atomic structures of glass), and Prof Yuerui Lu (‘world’s thinnest lens’).

Congratulations to all 2023 honorific awardees. Read more.


Updated: AIP prize for excellence in physics research

The AIP awards the Walter Boas medal annually for original research that makes an important contribution to physics in Australia. Nominations are now due by 8 May, and the eligibility requirements have been updated to allow non-Australian citizens to apply. The award requires the work to have been completed in Australia. See updated eligibility and nomination details on the AIP website. Read more.


Awards and funding opportunities with the Academy

Nominations are now open for the Academy’s honorific awards for outstanding contributions to the advancement of science; plus funding for travel, conferences and research.

Closing 1 May 2023 and 1 June respectively. Read more.


Coming up in Australian Physics magazine 

Quantum applications and implications, the mystery of a correlated metal-organic framework and how substrates change, IUPAP International Conference on Physics Education 2022, and more.

Look out for the latest Australian Physics magazine soon to arrive in your letterbox or inbox.


Thank you for supporting physics in Australia

Thank you for being a valued member of the AIP! If you have any questions or would like to discuss any initiatives, please email


News and opportunities

Eureka Prizes nominations are closing soon. There are 18 different categories across fields of research and innovation, science leadership, science engagement and school science. Nominations close 14 April. Read more

Early Career Plasma Physics Prize: IUPAP is calling for nominations for the 2023 Early Career Scientist Prize On Plasma Physics (C16). Apply by 30 April. Read more.

The South Australian Scientist of the Year and the South Australian Innovator of the Year will each receive a prize to the value of $25,000. The winners of the remaining categories (school educator of the year, university or registered training organisation educator of the year, science and industry collaboration, and PhD research) will each receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development. Apply by 21 April. Read more

Early Career Scientist Prize in Computational Physics: IUPAP’s Commission on Computational Physics (C20) is seeking nominations for the prize by 31 May. Read more, and email your nomination to Mei-Yin Chou.

Women in Physics Lecturer: dates for this year’s lecture tour with Prof Karen Livesey will be announced shortly. In the meantime, AIP is calling for applications for the 2024 lecturer. Apply by 1 June. Read more and nominate.

Nominate for the 2023 NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award: awarded to individuals that conduct activities that engage our community and contribute to public engagement within physics. Apply by 7 October. Read more.

Do you have an innovation that's ready to take to market? Apply for support from the NSW Physical Sciences Fund. Register your details on the mailing list for updates.

About 60 undergraduate and graduate students attended the Canberra International Physics Summer School in January 2023, with this year’s theme of ‘Fields and Particles’. Videos of dark matter lectures by Professor Nicole Bell are available online. Read more.

Did you join us in Adelaide for the AIP Congress in 2022? Check out our photo gallery, which captured the week. We're already starting to prepare for the next Congress, to be held in December 2024. Stay tuned for details.

See your work published in Australian Physics magazine. We’re always on the look-out for write-ups of published papers, physics poems, and physics-related graphics and artwork. Send your suggestions to


                Predicting pandemics


                “The skills I had acquired, such as describing real-world phenomena using equations, analysing data and coding, were applicable to mathematical modelling in other fields,” says Ada Yan.

                Read how Ada’s foundation in condensed particle physics led her to Imperial College London, where she’s looking for the next possible pandemic.

                Read more.

                Do you know someone with training in #physics who has followed an interesting career path outside of academia? We would love to profile them for our #PhysicsGotMeHere career profiles, which explore all the places your physics training can take you. Get in touch.


                Upcoming events

                AIP NSW 2023 Research Poster Presentation Network Event | Parramatta | 3 Apr

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

                STATPHYS28 | Toyko | 7 – 11 Aug

                9th Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology | Kingscliff, NSW | 16 – 20 Oct

                Australasian Radiation Protection Society Conference 2023 | Gold Coast | 29 Oct to 2 Nov

                ANZCOP–AIP Summer meeting | Canberra | 4 – 8 Dec (save the date)

                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

                  Ask me anything: Nicole Bell – ‘Collaboration is the norm: we achieve more when we work together’ (Physics World)

                  How the moon landing sparked Prof Susan Scott's lifelong passion and achievement in theoretical physics (ABC Radio Canberra)

                  50 women at the cutting edge of science in Australia (COSMOS Magazine)

                  Are Australia’s nuclear capabilities savvy enough to meet its new submarine deal commitments? (The Market Herald)

                  Learning face-to-face with actual scientists, students can now plot their own career path in science (ABC News)

                  Friday night Australian east coast solar storm could lead to spectacular light show (The Guardian)

                  The quantum revolution: ‘Spooky action’ (Finanical Times)

                  Canadian Nobelist wages war on science disinformation (Times Higher Education) Note: Donna Strickland was a keynote at our AIP Congress in December 2022.


                                  Jobs corner

                                  Sydney Quantum PhD Scholarship applications now open

                                  Are you considering a career in quantum technology? scholarships provide critical experience, training and networking opportunities to ensure you’re positioned for an exciting career. Apply by 3 May. Details at:

                                  Research Fellow (identified position)

                                  The ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (the ANU Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS)) is seeking a female-identifying experimental physicist to work on laser interferometry and precision phase tracking for space applications. Apply by 24 April. Details at:

                                  Postdoctoral Fellow Position (Level B) – Rare-earth based devices for quantum-information processing

                                  Conduct research in the field of rare-earth ions based experimental photonics for quantum information processing. Apply by 3 April. Details at:

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