Dear ASCers,

We put together a bulletin of physics news and events every month on behalf of Rob Robinson, the President of the Australian Institute of Physics. Here¡¯s a taste of what¡¯s in this month's bulletin ¨C you can view the full bulletin online here. If you¡¯d like to receive it directly, email Margie on  

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Research funding cuts; and planets not for sale - physics in May

It is clear that the coming financial year is going to be much tougher for research in Australia, particularly with the Federal Budget coming up on 14 May.

The Federal Government announced $2.3 billion in cuts to the university sector on 14 April. The AIP is a member of Science & Technology Australia, and is working with them to respond to the cuts. 

Prof Michael Holland, President of STA, responded to the announcement as follows: 

¡°We represent 68,000 people working in science and technology across Australia. Dr Emerson's announcement that $2.3 billion will be slashed from Universities to contribute to school reforms, is profoundly disappointing. The cuts will have a direct effect on the day-to-day work of Australia's Science and Technology workforce, who fuel national productivity and innovation.

¡°Cutting universities to fund schools just doesn't make sense. It is counterproductive, short-term policy making at its worst. It is difficult to predict how universities will extract the savings from already stretched budgets, but one thing is certain, the cuts will damage the quality of education and research they can provide. This will hurt students and the nation.¡±

I urge AIP members and others with an interest in physics to contact candidates for the upcoming Federal Election to discuss their concerns related to science, particularly physics.

I¡¯d also like to remind you to complete the 2013 Science & Technology Australia/Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey if you haven¡¯t already done so. The survey is online here and it closes on Monday 6 May.

This survey, now in its sixth year, is unique in Australia and is building up an important body of data that lets us look at trends in employment and remuneration. The results from the survey greatly assist STA, its members and the science sector more broadly.

And in events around the country, the NSW AIP is offering AIP members and the public the chance to tour ANSTO¡¯s Opal reactor at Lucas Heights this month, along with a public talk on the chemistry of the nucleus.

If you¡¯re in Melbourne this week, you can catch Professor Rafael Guzman from the University of Florida presenting the first scientific results from the world¡¯s largest optical telescope, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias in Spain. The telescope will tell us more about the birth of the universe and help detect new planets.

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