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Welcome to the October 2023 CSIRO Alumni network newsletter

In this month’s newsletter you can read our latest news, hear about upcoming events, courses and updates from alumni members. We’d welcome your help in spreading the word about our Physics Scholarship and encouraging students to apply.

Understanding the cost of Australia's energy transition
Understanding the costs of new-build electricity generation technologies is essential if we are to evolve Australia’s energy system to limit emissions.

CSIRO research vessel Investigator chalks up 100 voyages in pursuit of scientific discovery
Blind cusk eels, zombie worms and carnivorous sponges are some of the species that have been discovered by scientists onboard the CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator. The ship has reached an important milestone, having just embarked on 100 voyages since 2014.

Building the future of digital manufacturing
Leveraging digitisation could help us set new benchmarks in global manufacturing and enhance your day-to-day experience of technology.

Help grow our alumni network
We now have over 4,800 members but we know that there are many more former colleagues out there. Help us build the alumni network and forward this newsletter on or share the link to alumni registration

CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics

Applications are now open for our scholarship of $6000, which will be used to fund travel costs to visit and conduct research in an overseas or interstate institution.


Many presentations and seminars are now being held online – so you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Our alumni calendar lists both CSIRO and external events, so you can find out about a wide range of events.

Promote your own events
To help connect alumni with one another, we encourage you to list your own events on our website. Let us know if you are organising, presenting or attending events and we can help promote it to the alumni network – please email

News from our alumni members

We feature a range of alumni stories on our website celebrating the achievements of our members. We encourage members to get in touch and send in their stories of trials and tribulations – all in the name of scientific research!

So, if you have received an award, written a book or have any stories that you’d like to share with the alumni network, please email

David Rand presented with prestigious lead award at 20ABC
David Rand, who has spent a lifetime in batteries and energy storage, was awarded the International Lead Award at a special ceremony on the first day of the 20th Asian Battery Conference held at Siem Reap in Cambodia.

On a sadder note, if you would like to let the alumni network know about the passing of one of our members, please email us and we can post a notice to the news page and also feature an obituary within our stories section.

Vale Edward (Ted) Edwards AM
Ted worked with ANIC for many years and then continued after retirement as a fellow. He was a valued member of our team and a great contributor to the Australian research community.
Doug Hilton, our Chief Executive, was a friend of Ted’s and has written a beautiful tribute.

Vale Bill Denholm
Dr William (Bill) Thomas Denholm, who died in late May aged 98, had a long and distinguished career as a metallurgist in the CSIRO.

Vale Simon Barry
Simon was the inaugural Digital Lead for the Environment Business Unit. He made substantial contributions across CSIRO and led the development of the Machine Learning and AI Future Science Platform. Simon developed an immense network within CSIRO of colleagues that found him a joy to work with and deeply respected his contributions.

CSIRO Industry PhD Scholarships are now available for a 2024 start!

Do you know a motivated student eager to tackle real-world challenges? With a generous scholarship and access to industry and CSIRO, our PhD students are contributing to real world solutions. Through the program, students undertake PhD research on a problem developed in collaboration with, and jointly supervised by, an industry partner, a university researcher and a CSIRO researcher.

Gift Ideas

If you’ve been making a list and checking it twice, then check out these great stocking stuffers for science lovers!

CSIRO Publishing offers

Stay in touch

We love to hear from our alumni members, so get in touch and let us know what you are up to – reach out to the network for help or promote your events, research or successes. Please email