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This week saw the introduction of legislation to abolish the Ministerial veto over Australian Research Council funding and establish an ARC Board to approve grants. This welcome development, which the AIP has strongly advocated for, will help restore the trust of the research community in the ARC grant assessment process.

I am pleased to announce the AIP has formed a partnership with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), which will facilitate the physics and mathematics communities to cooperate in areas of mutual interest, such as outreach and advocacy.

The AIP Summer Meeting is fast approaching!  To be held in Canberra next week, 3 – 8 December, it’s shaping up to be the biggest event for physics in Australia in 2023! Find the program here. In addition to a great line up of physics talks and networking opportunities, the Summer Meeting will include a panel discussion of the new (draft) National Science and Research Priorities at the Shine Dome on the Tuesday evening. Register here.

I am delighted to welcome two new members to the AIP Executive – Prof Martin White (University of Adelaide) and Dr Mohammad Usman (CSIRO) – and look forward to working with them to further the aims of the AIP and physics in Australia. 

Finally, I have the pleasure of congratulating the winners of the 2023 AIP ACT Photography Competition, for their creative photos capturing beautiful physics phenomena. Have a look at the winning photos here and keep a look out for the announcement of the winners of the AIP National Photography Competition.

Best wishes,

Nicole Bell
President, Australian Institute of Physics


Attend Science Meets Parliament 2024

Apply by 31 January 2024

We invite applications from AIP members interested in attending Science Meets Parliament 2024 on 20-21 March in Canberra.

As a member of Science and Technology Australia, the AIP will be sponsoring two delegates.

We encourage early career researchers to apply, as well as those more senior.

Read more.


ASTRO 3D achieved gender parity in astronomy in just five years

A paper published in Nature Astronomy reports how ASTRO 3D achieved equal numbers of women and men using science.

“We used research in sociology and psychology to develop evidence-based strategies, and to create a supportive and positive culture in our Centre,” says Professor Lisa Kewley, the founding director of ASTRO 3D, the Australian Research Council Centre for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions, and the lead author on the paper.

“Our success offers a model to other organisations, especially in the physical sciences where participation rates for women continue to be well behind the biological sciences, and where gender equality has remained stubbornly low,” says Professor Emma Ryan-Weber, the current Director of ASTRO 3D.

Read more.


AIP ACT photo comp winners

The winners of the 2023 AIP ACT Photography Competition are:

Grand Prize and University Student Prize: Ivan Toftul.

Outstanding Photo Award: Jared Landau.

School Student Prize: Kate Kristiansen.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated.

The competition was run by the ACT branch but open to entries Australia wide.

Read more and see the winning photos here.


Renew now for 2024!

From now until 31 January 2024, AIP members can receive $10 off their annual membership fees when they renew for membership in 2024. This fee deduction will be automatically applied to your membership level during this period.

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News and opportunities

The AIP has formed a partnership with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). The AIP will be recognised as society member of AMSI, while AMSI will be recognised as an AIP partner organisation. This will facilitate the mathematics and physics communities to cooperate in areas of mutual interest, such as submissions to government reviews relating to STEM teaching and research, and the STEM workforce. Read the AIP’s announcement of this partnership.

Applications for the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics close on 1 December, offering postgraduate scholarships of $6,000, which can be used to fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research overseas or interstate. Read more.

The Commission on Particles and Fields (C11) of IUPAP invites nominations of outstanding young experimental or theoretical particle physicists for the two 2024 Early Carer Scientist Prizes. Applications are due 1 February. Read more.

Australian Physics magazine is calling for technical article submissions. All members of the physics community are encouraged to contribute, especially early-career physicists. Note, as Australian Physics magazine is not a peer-reviewed research publication, it cannot publish articles containing the results of original research that has not already been published in the peer-reviewed literature. If you would like to write an article for Australian Physics, please contact the editors at

The AIP NSW Branch held their 2023 Postgraduate Awards Night in November. Congratulations to Renee Goreham (Community Outreach to Physics), Jacob Johnstone (Postgraduate Presentation) and Jaime Andreas Alvardo-Monte (Royal Society of NSW Jak Kelly Award). See photos from the event.

Vale Emeritus Professor William “Bill” Rachinger (FAIP): The AIP recently learned of the death of one of our early members, Bill Rachinger. Bill joined the AIP in 1966. One of his prominent scientific contributions was the Rachinger Correction, for the measurement of widths of X-ray diffraction lines. Bill was also a strong advocate for physics education in high schools and universities, and helped establish Experilearn – the precursor to Melbourne’s Scienceworks. Read Monash University’s online tribute.


                From microwaves to phones and cleaner coal

                “After World War II, University of Sydney’s facilities were stretched, accommodating many returned service people along with the school leavers”, says Paul Roubel Cornwell Goard.

                “I joined CSIRO’s Coal Research Section in 1953, researching optical, thermal and electrical properties of coals, chars and boiler deposits; instrument development; and improvements to electrostatic precipitators, which clean the flue gases of coal-fired power stations boilers.”

                Read more about how Paul forged a post-war career in physics.

                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 WA Branch Annual General Meeting | Perth | 2 Dec

                ANZCOP–AIP Summer meeting | Canberra | 3-8 Dec

                International Conference on Quantum Energy | Melbourne | 4-6 Dec

                8th CYGNUS Workshop on Directional Recoil Detection | Sydney | 11-15 Dec

                61st Annual General Meeting of the AIP | Online | 30 Jan

                46th Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting | Wagga Wagga | 6-9 Feb 2024.

                Victorian Physics Teachers’ Conference 2024 | Melbourne | 23 Feb

                Are you running an event? Email the details to your branch chair or to be posted on the AIP website. Events on the AIP website are profiled in this monthly newsletter and shared through the AIP social media accounts.

                  Australian physics in the news

                  The future is quantum: universities look to train engineers for an emerging industry (Nature)

                  Early universe was lit up by gas-rich baby galaxies (Cosmos Magazine)

                  Research ranking would have ignored Finkel. That’s why it’s not fit for purpose. (Sydney Morning Herald)

                  Will Saturn’s rings really ‘disappear’ by 2025? An astronomer explains (The Conversation)

                  World-leading oceanographer recognised as Scientist of the Year (UNSW Newsroom)

                  More on the ASTRO 3D gender parity story (The Conversation)


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                                  Are you looking for a new career opportunity? See our Jobs Links section (best viewed on desktop) for a list of selected physics-related job openings: Quantum Device Physicist (CSIRO); Beamline Scientist (ANSTO); Nuclear Analyst (ANSTO); Education Officer (ANSTO); Research Associate (OzGrav); Applied Scientist – Technology Leadership (MCS Consulting); PhD Student (CEEDWA); Research Engineer, and many more.

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