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Etta duck 🎓 Book-your-Graduation duck!

2020 has thrown some real curveballs into the mix – including Graduation ceremonies not being held in-person. Keep an eye on your inbox for news of our Grand Graduation in early 2021! In the meantime, our Alumni Relations team are inviting all graduating students from the Class of 2020 to collect their ‘Graduation Etta’.

» Collect your Graduation duck.

📢 Our top picks

Taking traditional Japanese arts online

ANU is home to the oldest Kabuki troupe in the southern hemisphere. To keep the annual performance alive, this year’s team have moved their stage performance online.

» Catch up some of Kabuki’s enterprising team members


This year’s J.G. Crawford Prizes

The three 2019 J.G. Crawford Prize recipients are nothing short of exceptional. Learn about the recipients’ significant achievements in their fields.

» Meet the 2019 recipients

Celebrating 100 years of life with Professor Whyte

We caught up with Emeritus Professor Malcolm Whyte as he celebrates a century of life.

» Read about Professor Whyte’s life


Students excel at InnovationACT

An initiative that reduces methane gas produced from cows by adding seaweed to their diet is one of five ANU student projects to win funding from InnovationACT.

» Learn about our successful student entrants

😷 COVID-19 updates

Improving situation in Australia
While we are still seeing cases of COVID-19 in Australia, the vast majority of cases are occurring in quarantine. On the first of this month, we reached a significant milestone with Australia reporting zero community transmissions of COVID-19 for the first time since 9 June. Travel around the country is also becoming easier as the situation in Victoria improves and borders are beginning to reopen.

Feeling worried or nervous about getting out and about in our new COVID world? Read our Public Health Lead's advice.

Staying COVID-safe and healthy
Wherever we are in the world right now, we should all be doing some basic things to stay safe. These will start to feel "normal" soon, if they don't already. Read our latest tips on staying COVID-safe and healthy

Do you have a question?
Check out our
FAQs for up-to-date information on commonly asked questions. If you have a question that you would like to ask, please send it in.

ℹ️ Other updates and opportunities

Are you an undergrad or ANU College student having financial issues? ANUSA is here to help. You can get in touch with our Student Assistance Team directly.

Sign-up to participate in experiments with the Research School of Economics! Students will be paid varying amounts based on their involvement.

Ideas come in all shapes and sizes. Tell us your ideas for reconnecting with your fellow students and the University in 2021. Submissions close 30 November 2020. Prizes are available for the winning ideas.

Are you searching for somewhere free and secure to store your research data and share it with others? OneDrive is the University’s default option for data storage for Windows and Mac users. It is available to you at no cost and provides a secure storage solution.

Make sure you have updated your Zoom to version five.

🎉Things to celebrate

Professor Markus Brueckner has won one of Australia's most prestigious prizes in economics - the 2020 Young Economist Award from the Economic Society of Australia (ESA).

The 2020 Prime Minister's Prize for Science has been awarded to two ANU physicists for their ground-breaking work to detect ripples in space and time known as gravitational waves.

Master of Energy Change student, Desy Prihardini, has been awarded the first Global Power Generation Australia (GPGA) Scholarship in the Hydrogen Economy and will use the $20,000 to study hydrogen storage in liquid organic carriers.

🌈 Catching up with our community

He has graced our TV screens and social media feeds since COVID-19 began. A voice of reason and evidence-based information in a time of uncertainty. Meet Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayke, the man behind the media maven.

An unexpected reaction to a Justin Bieber song has led to new research from ANU which could radically change the way we listen to music.

The F&S Gardens & Grounds team recently held tree planting activities with our four childcare centres. Our gardens never looked better!

📅For the calendar

November 11: One of the most urgent scientific challenges of the 21st century lies in ensuring that we have enough food for the growing global population. Join us for this special event where three experts in the field of plant science will speak on how scientists are advancing sustainable crops and biotechnologies to make world food security a reality.

November 13: Fellows pop-up @Law is celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, on Friday 13th November. Join from 3.30pm for traditional food options and beverages.

November 17: Mental health is a major wellness and economic issue for Australia, affecting around half of the population. Join us to hear Dr Stephen King discuss the Productivity Commission’s final report of its inquiry into Australia's mental-health system, which was presented to the Federal Government in June 2020.

November 17: Join the ANU Solar Oration 2020. This talk discusses technical and economic roadmaps designed to address these issues and how the outcome of the U.S. election will affect the implementation of the roadmaps.

November 18: Join our expert panel as we discuss how our laws and the EPBC Act protect our national landmarks, conserve vulnerable ecosystems and safeguard our species amid an extinction emergency.

November 19: Despite repeated calls for Myanmar’s election to be postponed due to COVID-19, the election commission insisted it would go ahead. Join the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and a panel of leading experts to reflect on the outcomes of the 2020 Myanmar election.

November 19: What do allies like Australia need to know and how can we understand what is happening in the aftermath of the US Election?

November 25: Experts predict that by the middle of this century, the mass displacement of people due to climate change will be the largest refugee crisis in history. How will we handle the challenge of climate refugees? Join the Refugee Advice & Casework Service as they host a discussion on how we prepare for a future where people around the world are displaced due to climate change.

November 26: Teaching is essential to the university, but is service and achievement in teaching sufficiently recognised in academic promotions? Join the Centre for Learing & Teaching for ANU Lunch Vox #4 'Promoting Academics: Where does teaching fit?', the final 2020 webinar of the ANU Lunch Vox Webinar Q&A series.

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