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 



Application for AINSE Honours Scholarships will open in December 2014.


Applications for 2015 Round 1 NOW OPEN. 

For funding 1st January-31st December 2015.

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

AINSE Winter School 2015

AINSE Winter School 2015 13th-17th July

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2015 Post Graduate Research Awards OPEN FEBRUARY 2015

Applications for 2015 Post Graduate Research Awards open late February 2015 with applications due on 15th April 2015.  Sucessful students will commence 1st July 2015.

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

From Inkan ceramics to Phoenician shipwrecks

               Article courtesy of Flinders University, August 2014




 A collection of Chilean ceramics, including some from the famous Inkan Empire, will be analysed by a team of

Flinders University researchers (photograph courtesy of Catherine Bland, Flinders University).


Ancient ceramic artefacts from the famous Inkan Empire are among a collection of pottery that will be analysed by a team of Flinders University archaeologists and collaborating researchers.

The project will examine the elemental composition of various ceramic samples from Caleta Vitor, a site in northern Chile, from a period spanning 3,500 years ago to the present day.

The study is the fourth grant awarded to Dr Amy Roberts, a senior lecturer in the Flinders Archaeology Department, by the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) to support her research in the region.

Dr Roberts said the ceramics will be analysed by a method known as neutron activation analysis (NAA); which provides information on the concentrations of elements such as aluminium and iron contained in the samples.

The information, she said, will enable the research team to gain valuable insights into patterns of ceramic production and trade.

“Inka ceramics were traded all over the Empire but local ceramicists used to copy their style, which shows the power and influence of the Inkan Empire,” Dr Roberts said.

“Without the use of neutron activation analysis we’d just be guessing who made the ceramics because what might look like an Inkan ceramic could have been made locally,” she said. “Analysing the types and quantities of elements in the samples will allow archaeologists to consider broader questions relating to cultural changes, including the interaction of the local Chilean population with the powerful Inkan State.”

Dr Roberts said the latest AINSE grant will support the involvement of a Flinders PhD candidate, Catherine Bland, who is working on the project along with Professor Calogero Santoro from the CIHDE research institute in Chile, Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff from Flinders University, Chris Carter from the Australian National University and Dr John Bennett from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), who will be carrying out the NAA experiments.

Fellow Archaeology Department researchers Mark Polzer and Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde have also received a new AINSE grant to determine the exact age of cargo found in a shipwreck from the ancient Phoenician civilization in Spain’s Bajo de la Campana using radiocarbon dating, as part of a collaborative project with ANSTO’s Dr Geraldine Jacobsen.

The cargo recovered from the vessel – which is the only Phoenician shipwreck fully excavated and studied in the world – includes an assortment of raw materials and finished goods.

Precise dating of the collection will confirm the age of certain pottery materials and bronze works in the ship’s cargo, which are currently in doubt, and provide an important chronological marker for Phoenician colonisation in the Western Mediterranean.

Flinders Professor Diana Glenn, Dean of Humanities and Creative Arts, said the funding reflects the depth and diversity of significant international projects being conducted by the University’s Archaeology Department.

“The latest AINSE funding success by staff in Archaeology demonstrates their ongoing commitment to high calibre, collaborative, international research activity,” Professor Glenn said.

Flinders University AINSE Councillor, Associate Professor Claire Lenehan, said: “AINSE provides funds to assist researchers from member universities and institutions to gain access to the national facilities at ANSTO and other AINSE facilities. AINSE plays an indispensable role in supporting our cooperative research effort by providing universities with access to major scientific facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to researchers.”


Upcoming Events

AINSE Theatre - Distinguished Lectures

Prof Warrick Couch - Cosmology, galaxy formation, and the discovery of other worlds - The Australian Astronomical Observatory 

15th August 2014 10.30-12.00

ANSTO-AINSE Neutron School

Lucas Heights 3rd-7th November 2014 


AANSS 2014

AINSE-ANBUG Neutron Scattering Symposium

Lucas Heights 24th-25th November 2014