AINSE - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

 AINSE Ltd  facilitates access to the national facilities at Lucas Heights by universities and other research institutions and provides a focus for cooperation in the nuclear scientific and engineering fields. AINSE arranges for the training of scientific research studentships in matters associated with nuclear science and engineering.

 Funding opportunities offered by AINSE

AINSE 2016 Honours Scholarships - NOW OPEN

Applications for AINSE Honours Scholarships are now open. Closing date for applications is 15 February 2016

AINSE Research Awards 2016 are NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2016 Round 1 are NOW CLOSED

For funding 1st January 2016 - 31st December 2016.

The Chief Investigator must be employed as a researcher at the member organisation. 

AINSE Strategic Directions 2014-8

The AINSE Council has in its recent meeting formally endorsed AINSE’s Strategic Directions 2014-18. This provides the framework for developments which will give AINSE more agility, options and influence in facilitating the delivery of nuclear science and engineering. More information

2015 Post Graduate Research Awards NOW CLOSED.

Applications for 2015 Post Graduate Research Awards (application form PGRA-2015) are NOW CLOSED.

WNU Nuclear Olympiad 2015

Nuclear Techniques for Global Development - The World Nuclear University (WNU) is pleased to announce that the Nuclear Olympiad 2015 is now open for submissions.

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The AINSE Trust

The purpose of the AINSE Trust, established in 2008, is to provide scholarships and fellowships for Australian students and researchers who are participating in AINSE programs.

You can help by providing a donation to the AINSE Trust. More Information

AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards - PGRA O Week 2015

18-21 October 2015

Following the success of the AINSE Winter School, AINSE has developed a new program this year for the recently awarded (2015) PGRA students. 35 postgraduate research awards were offered to students from AINSE member universities from Australia and New Zealand. The 2015 PGRA cohort was invited to attend an orientation week at AINSE, from 18 – 21 October 2015. It was designed to give the students an opportunity to meet with fellow students through several well planned social activities, and network with each other and the ANSTO and AINSE staff, to meet their ANSTO Co-supervisor and start planning their future visits to ANSTO. In addition, a site tour to familiarise themselves with the ANSTO site and facilities was also organised.

The PGRA O Week was started with a welcome from the AINSE Managing Director, Dr Paul Di Pietro and the ANSTO CEO, Dr Adi Paterson. The program also included several high profile guest speakers, Hugh Kearns from Flinders University and Ed Lukaszewski from the University of New South Wales, to encourage and give practical advice on the students’ PhD journey. Other workshops during the week included practical advice on visiting and accessing the ANSTO facilities from the AINSE staff, best practice oral and poster presentations from a previous year’s PGRA student, Heather Haines, and writing for publication from an ANSTO staff member, Dr Tom Cresswell.

A highlight for the students was a cruise on Sydney Harbour, on a tall ship, where the students were able to climb the mast! A large group of students, as well as some ANSTO staff took up the challenge to climb the mast and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Sydney harbour as the sun went down. Tim Payne, a contact scientist for AINSE found the event extremely useful, “The highlight was talking with the enthusiastic young students and definitely they approached the whole thing in a most constructive fashion. They were willing to initiate interesting conversations, ensuring they benefitted from the occasion by learning about a broad range of ANSTO activities beyond just their own research areas. It was nice to meet them.”

As part of the week, students gave a 5 minute presentation to the group to introduce themselves and discuss their project, giving everyone a great summary of the current research being conducted across Australia and New Zealand in the Nuclear Science arena. All the students are keen to keep in touch and continue with building lasting friendships and collaborations. Overall, the event exceeded all expectations, and fulfilled its objective by encouraging and supporting young nuclear science and engineering students. AINSE would like to thank all who were involved in making this event a success.

Rachel Caldwell
Communication and Event Coordinator




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AINSE Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, 1st December 2015

Where: AINSE Council Room