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 Honours Scholarships - NOW CLOSED

Application for AINSE Honours Scholarships are now closed.

AINSE Research Awards - Round 2 CLOSED

Applications for 2014 Round 2 ARE NOW CLOSED. 

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

AINSE Winter School 2014

AINSE Winter School 2014 - 14th - 18th July 2014

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2014 Post Graduate Research Awards NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2014 Post Graduate Research Awards are NOW CLOSED

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


One of AINSE’s Gold Medal recipient’s for 2014


Gold Medal for Nisa Salim469C4218

By Deakin Research Communications


Deakin researcher Dr Nisa Salim has been awarded a highly prestigious Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE).


Dr Salim has achieved outstanding success since she arrived at Deakin on a scholarship from India in 2008. She gained an Early Career Researcher Award at the Smart Geelong Network Researcher of the Year awards in 2011, and can now add this prestigious national award to her list of achievements.


The AINSE Gold Medal is awarded for excellence in research, based on publications over the past five years, which acknowledge AINSE support.                   Dr Nisa Salim


Working within Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, Dr Salim collaborated with the AINSE during her PhD research on two main projects: nano-patterning for selective separation applications; and developing block copolymer nano-carriers for potential drug delivery, which involved researching the morphology (shape) of nano-size polymers.


The research required using the highly sophisticated small angle X-ray scattering instrument, located at the Bragg Institute in Sydney, which is part of the commonwealth-funded Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The instrument was accessed through AINSE funding received by Dr Salim’s PhD supervisor Professor Qipeng Guo.


“The support, particularly from AINSE’s Managing Director, Dr Dennis Mather - who retired in 2012 - and collaborator/mentor at ANSTO, Dr Tracey Hanley was fantastic,” said Dr Salim.


“Their encouragement motivated me to apply for this medal - and helped me to believe that it was possible that I could win.”


AINSE was originally established in 1958, to provide a mechanism for access to the special facilities at the Bragg Institute (in Lucas Heights, NSW) for universities and other tertiary institutions - and to provide a focus for co-operation in the nuclear scientific and engineering fields.


AINSE has a specific mandate to arrange for the training of scientific researchers and the awarding of scientific research studentships regarding nuclear science and engineering.


After completing her PhD last year, Dr Salim now works as Associate Research Fellow with Carbon Nexus, where she has - predictably - taken off. After only three months, she has two projects well under way and is co-supervising two Masters students.


“Carbon fibre is like black gold,” she said. “The exact morphology of carbon fibre is still unknown. It is probably the most exciting area of research in my field.”


At Carbon Nexus, she is working with industry, exploring the structural properties and nanoscale characteristics of carbon fibre, and, with a team from Deakin and the University of Wollongong, is involved in another project creating nanostructured carbon fibre precursors.


“Deakin is like a second home,” she said. “I met my husband here (Dr Nishar Hameed) - and Peter Hodgson and Bronwyn Fox have been very supportive.”


Indeed, she is firmly established at Deakin and Geelong, with a two-year-old daughter helping to hone her expertise in another area - time management!

Upcoming Events

AINSE Theatre - Distinguished Lectures

AQUA 2014 Mildura Conference - back to the core!

AQUA invite you to join them in celebrating the 30th anniversary of AQUA by coming back to where it all began. The Grand Hotel in  Mildura hosted the first conference of the new association back in 1985 and we are honoured to have a good number of the original participants with us.

To pave the way forward, we encourage all people with an interest in the Quaternary to attend, particularly those of related fields, such as archaeology and environmental management.

Date: 29th June - 4th July 2014
Where: The Grand Hotel, Mildura

AESC - Australian Earth Sciences Convention

The Geological Society of Australia invites you to participate in the Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014 in Newcastle.

Date: 7 - 10 July 2014
Where: Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300