11-14 February 2020, ANU, Canberra

10 February – PhD Student Masterclass

About The Conference

About The Meeting

To be held from 11th February to 14th February, 2020, this meeting will combine the Gaseous Electronics Meeting (GEM) with a meeting of the Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics Topical Group (ATMOP) of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The meeting will be held at the Australian National University, in Canberra. The ATMOP meeting will start on the 11th, with joint sessions for ATMOP and GEM on the 12th, and then GEM continuing until the 14th. We encourage participants to join both workshops and make links from the fundamental to applied uses of atomic, molecular and plasma physics.

There will also be a Masterclass Day, aimed at students and junior academics, to be held on the Monday 10th, focussing on the uses of atomic and molecular physics in different contexts. Registration for this event is free.

We trust that you will join us for what should be a very enjoyable joint meeting.

James Sullivan, Chair - GEM XXI
Jacinda Ginges, Chair - ATMOP

GEM Scope & History


The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


Tuesday to Friday
11-14 February 2020

Meeting Schedule

Here is our meeting schedule

Monday 10th February 2020 - PhD Student Masterclass

Andrew Truscott
Atomic Interaction Experiments

Morning Tea

Jacinda Ginges
Atomic Structure Calculations


Rose Ahlefeldt
Atomic Levels in Solids and Applications to Quantum Computing

Afternoon Tea

Dmitry Fursa
Scattering theory

Tuesday 11th February 2020 - ATMOP

ATMOP welcome

Invited - Arghavan Safai-Naini
Probing out-of-equilibrium dynamics and signatures of thermalization with dipolar lattice gases

Invited - Tyler Neely
Point vortex thermodynamics in spun-up and stirred BEC superfluids

Contributed Talks

Morning Tea

Invited - Sean Hodgman
Higher-order ghost imaging and Bell correlations with ultracold He* atoms

Contributed Talks


Invited - Ben Roberts
Signatures of GeV-scale dark matter in liquid xenon experiments due to scattering off electrons and atomic ionisation

Invited - Meera Parish
The quantum impurity problem

Contributed Talks

ATMOP reception

Wednesday 12th February 2020 - ATMOP/GEM

Welcome to Country and GEM Welcome

Plenary - Jimena Gorfinkiel
Cross sections and resonances in electron scattering from polyatomic molecules

Invited - Sarah Scholten
Molecular spectroscopy with an optical frequency comb

Contributed Talks

Morning tea

Invited - Gustavo Garcia
Superoxide anion (O2-) interactions with N2, O2 and H2O molecules)

Contributed Talks


Invited - Danny Cocks
Electron and Positron Transport in the Cookie-Cutter Model

Invited - Mark Zammit
Molecular data for atmospheric physics, plasma modeling and antimatter molecule production

Contributed Talks

Afternoon tea

Invited - Jacinda Ginges

Contributed Talks

Joint reception

Thursday 13th February 2020 - GEM

Plenary - Endre Szili
Plasma Medicine: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities

Invited - Mi-Young Song
A Study on Scattering Cross Section by Electron Collision of Atoms and Molecules for Plasma Applications at NFRI

Contributed Talks

Morning tea

Invited - Anne Mai-Prochnow
Effect of discharge frequency on decontamination efficiency of plasma-activated water

Contributed Talks


Invited - Melanie MacGregor
Perspective on plasma polymers for applied biomaterials nanoengineering and the recent rise of oxazolines

Invited - Cormac Corr
Hydrogen Plasma Dynamics in Magnetic Fields

Contributed Talks

Afternoon tea

Invited - Karyn Jarvis
Spatial Effects on the Properties of Plasma Polymerised Acrylic Acid Films

Contributed Talks

Conference dinner

Friday 14th February 2020

Plenary - Patrick Cullen
Scaling plasma technology for environmental applications

Invited - Christine Charles
Towards a Pocket Rocket thruster launch from Australian soil

Contributed Talks

Morning tea

Invited - Marcela Bilek
Recent advances in plasma processes for facile multi-functionalisation of surfaces and nanoparticles

Contributed Talks

Lunch and departure

Conference Venue

Conference venue location info and gallery

Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU, Canberra

The meeting will be held in the Kambri Cultural Centre, at the Australian National University. The ATMOP meeting will commence on the Tuesday, 11th February, with a welcome reception for the joint workshops on that evening. Joint sessions will be held on the 12th, and GEM will finish on Friday 14th. A conference dinner will be arranged for the evening of the 13th.

Research School of Physics, ANU, Canberra

The masterclass day will be held at the Research School of Physics, on the Monday preceding the joint workshops. This will be geared towards students and junior researchers, and registration will be free.

Abstracts & Registration

Abstract submission

There will be options to present contributed work as a poster or an oral presentation. Please submit abstracts to using the provided template, indicating which option you prefer.

For consideration as an oral presentation, abstracts must be submitted by 27th January 2020.


Full Registration

(all 4 days of the joint meeting and the conference dinner)

Regular $250
Regular late $350 (after 26/1/19)
Student $50


(includes first two days of the meeting only)

Regular $150


(includes morning & afternoon tea, & lunch)


Register Online

Meeting details

  • Discount rates have been organised for delegate accommodation at University House, as shown below. To reserve one of these rooms, please contact University House directly ( and provide the code “2002” or “Research School Conference” at the time of booking. Rooms will be available for reservation until 13th January, 2020, or booked out.

    30 x Twin rooms

    Suitable for single or twin share occupancy (2 x Single beds configuration with private bathroom)

    • Single or Twin occupancy room only per night – $169.00
    • Single occupancy with Breakfast per night – $189.00
    • Single or Twin occupancy with Breakfast per night – $209.00

    10 x Queen rooms

    Suitable for single occupancy or a couple (1 x Queen bed configuration with separate lounge room and private bathroom)

    • Single or Twin occupancy room only per night – $189.00
    • Single occupancy with Breakfast per night – $209.00
    • Single or Twin occupancy with Breakfast per night – $229.00

    There are various other accommodation options within the New Action and Canberra Civic precincts, which are within reasonable walking distance of the conference venue.

  • A welcoming environment for all at GEM/ATMOP

    GEM/ATMOP is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.

    We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. This includes sexual language and imagery which is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

    Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Our full anti-harassment policy is described below.

    For any concerns contact the organisers (James, Jacinda or Cormac) either directly in person, or via the conference email address.

    Our Anti-harassment policy

    Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

    • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
    • Sexual images in public spaces
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Inappropriate physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

    We expect participants to avoid all of the above at all event venues and event-related social activities.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

    This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

    • Roderick Boswell (Australian National University)
    • Robert Carman (Macquarie University)
    • Zhiqiang Chen (Deakin University)
    • Cormac Corr (Australian National University)
    • David McKenzie (University of Sydney)
    • Tony Murphy (CSIRO)
    • Jason Whittle (University of South Australia)
    • Jamie Quinton (Flinders University)
    • Wewei Lei (Deakin University)
    • Katia Bazaka (Queensland University of Technology)
    • Dmitry Fursa (Curtin University)
    • Marcela Bilek (University of Sydney)
    • Ron White (James Cook University)
    • Josh Machacek (Australian National University)
  • Chair: Dr. Jacinda Ginges (UQ)
    Vice-chair: A/Prof. James Sullivan (ANU)
    Honorary Secretary-Treasurer: Prof. Dmitry Fursa (Curtin)

    Programme Committee:

    • Dr. Julian Berengut (UNSW)
    • Dr. Jesper Levinsen (Monash)
    • Prof. Xia-Ji Liu (Swinburne)
    • Prof. Andre Luiten (Adelaide)
    • Prof. Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop (UQ)
    • Prof. Andrew Truscott (ANU)
    • Prof. Chris Vale (Swinburne)
  • For any further information or queries,
    please contact James Sullivan or Jacinda Ginges.