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 CLOSED

Applications for AINSE Honours Scholarships 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 2016

AINSE Winter School 2016

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Post Graduate Research Awards - NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2016 Post Graduate Research Awards - NOW CLOSED. More Information

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

Australian environmental research featured in US science magazine

 

AINSE Honours student, Gurundra Nagra from UNSW and Pauline Treble is featured in the research highlight (article courtesy of ANSTO):

The Smithsonian Magazine has featured the cave deposit research of a collaboration including ANSTO isotope paleoclimatologist Pauline Treble in a recent issue. The lead author of the article is AINSE honours scholarship recipient Gurinder Nagra, a student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, who analysed how bushfires might affect drip water chemistry in caves.
The research, which involved contributions from Treble, Andy Baker, Martin Andersen and Katie Coleborn from UNSW and Ian Fairchild from the University of Birmingham (UK), is currently under review for publication in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.
The research came about after Treble had travelled to shallow cave system in Western Australia (WA) to extract the cave’s rainfall information from speleothems (stalagmites and stalacites) but encountered an unexplained lack of rainfall signal. The geochemical composition of speleothems can be used to interpret past climate information.
To resolve the issue, Treble turned the project over to Nagra to determine how fires affect the land they burn and how those effects drip into caves.
An intense bushfire occurred at the Yonderup Cave in Yanchep National Park, south of Perth WA in February 2005. An analysis of drip water collected between August 2005 and March 2011 at Yonderup was compared with regional groundwater chemistry and dripwater data from another cave in southwest Australia. The results of the research suggest that local conditions, such as bushfires, can affect the isotopic signal of the oxygen and could be misinterpreted as past climate variability. The unique fire signature of isotopes of oxygen, sulfur and chlorine in speleothems, combined with magnesium and strontium, might open a new avenue for paleo fire records. Link to article in Smithsonian Magazine.
An intense bushfire occurred at the Yonderup Cave in Yanchep National Park, south of Perth WA in February 2005. An analysis of drip water collected between August 2005 and March 2011 at Yonderup was compared with regional groundwater chemistry and dripwater data from another cave in southwest Australia. The results of the research suggest that local conditions, such as bushfires, can affect the isotopic signal of the oxygen and could be misinterpreted as past climate variability. The unique fire signature of isotopes of oxygen, sulfur and chlorine in speleothems, combined with magnesium and strontium, might open a new avenue for paleo fire records.
Link to article in Smithsonian Magazine

UPCOMING EVENTS 



2016

Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2016, 26 - 30 June 2016 - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

AINSE Winter School 2016, 18-22 July 2016, AINSE, Lucas Heights 

14th South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association Conference (SPERA), 5-9 September 2016, Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali