ARNAM awarded $5,500 in support of the ETOPIM7 Conference, specifically to be used for travel support/registrations for students and Early Career Researchers. A call for applications for support was made to eligible students, their supervisors and those who had expressed an interest in attending ETOPIM7. A sub-committee of the Local Organizing Committee then selected the following as recipients for support:
- Anne Barnett, Macquarie University
- Laurie Field, The University of Sydney
- Nadine Harris, The University of Technology, Sydney
- Daniel Mason, The University of Queensland
- Stephen Morrison, The Australian National University
- Thomas Oates, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, Dresden
- Shannon Orbons, The University of Melbourne
- Nicholas Stokes, The University of Technology, Sydney
All of these are students, with the exception of Dr. Thomas Oates, who is an Early Career Researcher.
Outcomes of the ARNAM Sponsorship:
- ARNAM sponsored participants gave six presentations at the ETOPIM Conference.
- They were able to interact with the strong group of conference attendees. There were a total of 118 registered participants, including nine plenary speakers and twenty-two invited speakers drawn from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Israel, China, France and Mexico. There were 96 oral presentations, and eight poster presentations. The program of ETOPIM7 featured plenary talks, attended by all participants, and two parallel sessions, but provided opportunities for participants to network at two social functions, during lunch breaks and coffee breaks.
- They were able to participate in organized facility visits on the Friday following the Conference, or if they desired, to participate in a one-day short course on Nano-plasmonics, given by Prof. Mark Stockman, from Georgia Tech. This short course is probably the first on its topic to be given in Australia, and Prof. Stockman is an international expert in this emerging field. ETOPIM7 attendees who participated in the course also were given a copy of the extensive set of notes. Over fifty people attended the short course.
- The ETOPIM7 Conference obtained funding from the University of Sydney for the best Presentations (oral or poster) by an Australian research student. Three prizes were awarded, with one being gained by an ARNAM sponsored attendee, Shannon Orbons of the University of Melbourne.
- The Proceedings of ETOPIM7 will be published in the first half of 2007 in the Elsevier journal, Physica B. ARNAM sponsorship is listed in the Preface to the special edition, and the attendees Sponsored by ARNAM are also listed in the Conference Information which follows the Preface.
- Participants of ETOPIM7 were encouraged to submit papers to the ETOPIM7 special edition of Physica B, which were fully refereed. Five ARNAM sponsored students appear on the author list of papers which will appear in this special edition.
In conclusion, the Convenors of ETOPIM7 would like to thank ARNAM for its generous support of student participation at ETOPIM7. All present found the conference to be friendly, well organized, of high quality, and refreshingly inter-disciplinary. There was a good mixture of experienced researchers, and students and early career researchers, and the last two categories will have benefited greatly from the new contacts and information they obtained at the conference.
Prof. Ross McPhedran,
Shannon Orbons of the University of Melbourne and Prof Masud Behnia, Dean of
Graduate Studies, University of Sydney