On Campus

Staff Edition

Tuesday 12 March

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

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • A reminder that our 2024 ANU Open Day is this Saturday 16 March. Please note that some areas of Kambri may be inaccessible from 14 March – 16 March.  

Welcoming Dr Frédéric Grare to the National Security College

Image: National Security College

A renowned expert on the Indo-Pacific, Dr Frédéric Grare has joined the ANU National Security College as a Senior Research Fellow as part of an expert program sponsored by the government of France.  

During his time at NSC Dr Grare will examine geopolitics and maritime security in the Indian Ocean. 

“This is a problem for Australia and this is a problem for France... We are collectively responsible for protecting our national security – and we have to work together,” says Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the NSC. 

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ANU experts give evidence to support Duty of Care Climate Bill

Professor Mark Howden, Professor Hilary Bambrick and Associate Professor Emma Aisbett gave evidence at the public hearing for the Climate Change Amendment Bill 2023 Inquiry.  

If achieved, this amendment would enshrine a duty of care towards future generations and require lawmakers to consider the health and wellbeing of current and future generations in decisions that have environmental impacts and climate change risks.  

Watch here 

Photo: Professor Simon Haberle and Jennifer Kemmare Martiniello with the Voice Cores #1-6 during 2023 Immersia, a multicultural festival hosted by the ANU School of Culture, History & Language

Sculpting Science: A Glass Act

Marrying art and science, Professor Simon Haberle from the ANU School of Culture, History and Language has just embarked on, in partnership with multi-award-winning artist Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello: The Stories Beneath My Ancestors Footprints.  

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What's on

Jazz Futures Symposium 

Thursday 14 March, 9.30am-6pm – 15 March, 8.30am-7.30pm 

Step into the future as the ANU School of Music explores the new and future directions of jazz. Take part in a two-day symposium examining present and potential transformations within the genre through a series of presentations, performances, and social dinners.  

Register now  

Tenuous Technology Transfers Between China and Ethiopia Talk

Thursday 14 March, 4-5.30pm 

China’s quick expansion in the developing world, in particular the Sub-Sahara African countries, has spawned public debates and generated new fields of scholarship over the past couple of decades. In this talk, Dr Liang Chen, a visiting fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World examines whether China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects and private investment contribute to the industrial development in Africa through the lens of technology transfer. 

Register now 

Ancient Echos: Jazz music meets classical Chinese poetry 

Saturday 16 March, 2-3pm 

Enrich your eardrums this Saturday as Taipei-based jazz collective Zy the Way ?? uses poems from the ancient collection of poetry Book of Songs (Shijing ??) to seamlessly blend 3000-year-old ancient Chinese poetry and original jazz. ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Postdoctoral Fellow Annie Ren will provide translations and exegesis of the poems in between songs. 

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How the Mahabharata derailed my life, and how I lived to tell the tale

Wednesday 20 March, 6-8pm 

Join the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific for its inaugural lecture in their Professorial Lecture Series as Professor McComas Taylor explores the captivating world of the epic poem Mahabharata. Discover the epic's enduring influence across cultures, from ancient manuscripts to modern media, and uncover its profound impact on Indian culture and beyond. 

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Meet the Author – Julia Baird

Monday 25 March, 6-7pm 

Julia Baird will be in conversation with Virginia Haussegger on her new book Bright Shining: How Grace Changes Everything, a beautiful and timely exploration of the mysterious human quality: grace.  

Register now 

Seeking staff feedback: ANU Mental Health Strategy

The ANU Mental Health Strategy Review, led by Professor Lyndall Strazdins and the Mental Health Strategy Review Taskforce within the University Experience Division, is excited to announce the next stage of our staff and student consultations is now open. We want to hear more and we want to hear from you. 

We now have an open call for consultations running from 19 March – 18 April. Please share your experiences, suggestions, and concerns - visit the Mental Health Strategy Review Website to find out more.   

Please come and talk with us about what you think is working, what else is needed, and what the top priorities need to be.  

Written submissions due by 18 April

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Call for Nominations – Professional Staff Member of ANU Council

On 25 May 2024, Mr Millan Pintos-Lopez will conclude his two-year term as the elected professional staff member on the ANU Council. Leading to an election to identify the next representative.  

To be eligible to be nominated, the nominee must have been a full-time or part-time standard or fixed term professional staff appointment in the University on payday 29 February and paid a salary by the University on that day. 

To find out more about what a role on the Council involves, join a Zoom information session on 15 March, 9.30-10.30am. Email returning.officer@anu.edu.au to request a Zoom link. 

Nominations close 22 March at 5pm

Nominate here 

Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training | People and Culture

Tuesday 2 April

This half-day interactive workshop by Dave Widders, Anaiwan man from Armidale NSW and connected with the Kamilaroi mob of Northwest NSW (Moree), will provide staff with an introduction to Indigenous history and culture in Australia. 

Register by Sunday 17 March 

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The Network for Early Career Academics at ANU 2024 Mentoring Program 

April - November 

Are you an early career academic interested in receiving mentoring? Or do you have some experience that might help someone at the beginning of their academic career? Join the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program, designed to support the diverse career development needs of early-career research and teaching staff at ANU.  

Apply by Thursday 14 March 

Apply now 

Creatives urged to apply: SXSW Sydney 2024 

Monday 14 - Sunday 20 October

Do you have a panel, presentation, book reading, interview, meet up, mentor session, workshop or podcast to share with the world?

Apply now to have your work featured in this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Sydney conference. SXSW is a prestigious convention that showcases what’s next in tech and innovation, gaming, screen and music. 

Choose from 23 conference subjects to submit your work to ranging from fashion to fintech.

Register by Sunday 4 April

Apply now 

Image: Canberra Comedy Festival

Staff Giveaway – Canberra Comedy Festival

Feel like a laugh? Canberra's favourite comedy event is returning in 2024 with some of the finest Australian comedic acts. Read the festival program

We’re giving away four double passes (one double pass per event) to the upcoming shows: 

Nazeem Hussain – Totally Normal, Friday 22 March, 7pm 

Ivan Aristeguieta – Too Easy, Friday 22 March, 8.30pm 

Luke Heggie – Grogan, Saturday 23 March, 8.30pm 

ANU Law Revue – A Sketch Comedy Show, Saturday 23 March, 9.45pm 

Follow the instructions in the entry form to go into the draw and you could be one of the lucky winners. The competition will close at noon AEDT Friday 15 March 2024. Terms and conditions apply. 

In case you missed it

2024 Gareth Evans Oration

On 7 March, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Honourable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivered the Gareth Evans Oration where he spoke on Navigating Geopolitical Currents: Malaysia and Australia's Pivotal Role in the Asia Pacific.

Have you listened to the National Security Podcast? 

Hear expert analysis, insights and opinion on the national security challenges facing Australia and the Indo-Pacific.  

Listen to Frédéric Grare speak on Why Indo-Pacific maritime security matters 

Listen now 

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