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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 24 October

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for ANU staff. In your inbox every Tuesday.

What you need to know

Checklist for National Safe Work Month | Work Health and Safety

Each year October is recognised as National Safe Work Month across Australian workplaces with a campaign coordinated by Safe Work Australia.  

This year’s campaign focuses on the theme – For everyone’s safety, work safely.

Individuals, their families and the broader community are all impacted by work related injury and illness. This is why, during October each year, Safe Work Australia asks businesses, employers and workers across Australia to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.  

While the University’s core business involves teaching and research activities, we can still remain focused on undertaking our teaching and research activities in a safe manner. A fundamental aspect of safe work is identifying hazards which may cause harm and either eliminating or minimising the risk of harm from those hazards.  

Read the WHS checklist

Dr Andrew Forrest AO in discussion with climate experts at The Australian National University (image: Jamie Kidston/ANU).

Andrew Forrest attends roundtable on climate change at ANU

Philanthropist Dr Andrew Forrest AO took time out from a global lecture tour to attend a roundtable on climate change at ANU last week.

At the meeting, hosted by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions and attended by almost 20 experts from across the campus, Dr Forrest, the non-executive chairman of Fortescue Metals, argued he is one of "not more than a thousand" individuals to whom the public should look for action. 

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Events & Activities

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Film Screening | Untold Herstory

Tuesday 31 October, 6-9pm 

Untold Herstory tells a story of three female political prisoners at the concentration camps on Green Island—an islet off the east coast of Taiwan—in the 1950s. The female political prisoners chose to fight for freedom, but were more forcefully suppressed by the authorities. They held on to their beliefs, hoping for true freedom to come.

This event is brought to you by the ANU Taiwan Studies Program, Taiwanese Association of Canberra, Australia and Australasian Taiwan Studies Association. 

The film screening will be followed by Q&A with film producer Pasuya Yao.

Register now

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

ANU First Year Composition Student Showcase

Tuesday 31 October – Wednesday 1 November, 10am-4pm 

Join first-year composers as they present a two-day showcase of their original compositions. Featuring a wide range of styles and approaches, audiences will have the opportunity to experience new music created by an eclectic and dynamic group of emerging young composers. Audiences are welcome to come and go as needed; a more detailed program and order of events will be available closer to the date. 

Register now

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

First Wednesday Connect hosted by Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT)

Wednesday 1 November, 5-6.30pm 

Expand your network, forge valuable connections, and immerse yourself in a dynamic ecosystem of like-minded individuals at First Wednesday Connect. 

Discover new collaborators and mentors who can elevate your journey to new heights. Prepare to be captivated by the fast-paced, 60-second pitching format, where Canberra's budding entrepreneurs will showcase their ground breaking ideas.  

Register now

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

The Future of Sustainability 2023 Conference

4, 8, 14 & 16 November 2023 

The potential of the sustainability sector is to not just solve today's challenges, but to regenerate for a truly sustainable future.

At the Future of Sustainability 2023 Conference, explore this potential across four days of conference programming, with a particular focus on leading through transformational governance and values, innovating, educating and enabling change, and raising the voices of indigenous peoples that have nurtured our lands and waters for thousands of generations.  

Attendance is free.  

Register now

Vinnies and ANU+ Sleepout 

Early Bird Registration Open for SupercomputingAsia Conference 2024

19-22 February 2024 

SupercomputingAsia (SCA 2024), co-hosted by the  National Computational Infrastructure in Australia, will bring together High-Performance Computing experts in Sydney from 19-22 February 2024. The conference theme is exascale readiness in AI, HPC and Quantum. SCA 2024 will host students, researchers, and public and industry experts from around the world. 

Get your early bird tickets

Microsoft 365 (M365) now available | ANU Digital Master Plan

As part of the ANU Digital Master plan we are upgrading systems across the University. The next phase of this process is upgrading to Microsoft 365.

M365 is a new version of Microsoft Office. It offers an improved look and feel, seamless integration with Teams, improved accessibility and strengthened data security. You can now install M365 at your convenience; follow these instructions.

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Apply now for the $50,000 ANU Impact Fund 

Are you ready to make a real-world impact with your research?  

ANU Research & Innovation Services (RIS) is excited to announce a new round of the ANU Impact Fund grants.  

Your project should align with our guidelines and have translational appeal, standing on its own merits. Funding is available for four high-quality research translation projects, significantly advancing impactful research initiatives and bridging the funding gap.  

The RIS Industry Engagement team is available to help your teams forge commercial engagements to support your success.  

Applications close on Wednesday 22 November.  

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Launching the Shaping Australia Awards 

Universities Australia is searching for problem solvers, future builders and community champions who have gone above and beyond to leave a positive mark and help build Australia’s future. 

The Shaping Australia Awards will recognise an individual, team or university that has made an exceptional contribution in one of three categories: teaching, research and community service. There will also be a People’s Choice voting component, which will allow members of the community to vote for their favourite finalist in each category. 

Submissions close on Monday 20 November, with winning entries to be announced in February 2024 at Universities Australia’s annual gala dinner.  

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Staff Achievements

Research Australia appoints new Board member Professor Russell Gruen 

The nation's peak body for health and medical research and innovation, Research Australia, has welcomed the ANU Dean of the College of Health and Medicine, Professor Russell Gruen, to its Board.  

Associate Professor Annette Schmiede, Chair of Research Australia, expressed honor in welcoming Professor Gruen, highlighting his significant contributions to trauma research, patient care, and advancements in health technologies.  

Congratulations Professor Gruen.

World premiere play at The Street Theatre - This Rough Magic

Friday 10 November – Sunday 19 November 

An exhilarating epic of power reckoning, survival and the cost of pursuing the promise of a better life, award winning playwright Helen Machalias reimagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest for our time. This Rough Magic merges elements of Shakespeare with accounts of the asylum seeker experience within the Australian system, and Persian storytelling, to create an exciting new Australian work. 

Dr Rebecca Clode from the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics is part of the play's dramaturg (script development) team. 

Look out for a ticket giveaway in next week's On Campus.

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