AINSE - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s capability in nuclear science and engineering by facilitating world-class research and education. AINSE offers a range of programs and services to its members including generous conference support, inspiring symposiums, Honours / Postgraduate scholarships and intensive education schools. These benefits aim to foster scientific advancement and promote an effective collaboration between AINSE members and ANSTO.

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AINSE WISE School 4th - 6th December 2017

The team at AINSE is delighted by this opportunity and look forward to encouraging women in STEM to pursue leadership roles in the future.  By making connections with students early in their undergraduate degrees we hope to highlight the amazing opportunities that are available to women in nuclear science and engineering. 

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government

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For 21 years the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) has been bringing university students together from around Australia and New Zealand to attend the AINSE Winter School at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

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A Big CONGRATULATIONS to AINSE Board Member, Professor Lyndon Edwards

Global honour for ANSTO researcher for excellent sustained contribution to materials engineering.

The international residual stress research community has recognised ANSTO’s National Director of Australian Gen-IV Research Lyndon Edwards for his ‘excellent contribution  to the advancement of applied residual stress applications and control’ at a ceremony in the US on 25 October, 2017. Read More...

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.

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Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Programme

AINSE WISE School to inspire women in STEM to take on leadership roles

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) has received funding through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship programme under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. AINSE will use this funding to invite a female student from each of its 35 Australian University members to attend a school at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights. The school will target 1st year University students, with an emphasis on women in STEM, and promote a range of exciting career opportunities in nuclear science and engineering.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.

AINSE Japan Study Tour - Investigating the benefits of particle therapy  

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) with assistance from The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has recently conducted a study tour of Japan to investigate particle therapy. AINSE Managing Director, Michelle Durant and Dr Dale Prokopovich, ANSTO Physicist hosted the tour. Delegates attended from the medical and tertiary education sectors to discover how Japan has developed particle therapy from the early experimental stages through to patient treatments in the hospital setting. 


The first site visit was the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) in Chiba, where major advances in therapeutic application, experimental research and new technology development have occurred in particle therapy.  Participants were able to have an in depth technical tour of the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba (HIMAC) and an opportunity to gain insights into the use of the facility for research and therapy from experts in the field, including the newly commissioned carbon ion superconducting gantry. 


The next visit was the ion-beam Radiation Oncology Center in Kanagawa (i-ROCK) where delegates were guided in the advanced application of particle therapy from a technical and therapeutic standpoint. The delegates were able to observe the respiratory gated hypofractionated carbon ion treatment delivery to a patient and follow the treatment process. The delegates were also able to visit the accelerator in order to observe how a heavy ion particle therapy facility could be physically incorporated into a hospital setting. 


The final visit was to a new particle therapy facility in the center of Osaka in the final stages of construction. The participants were able to interact with the new facility operators and ask questions relevant to the construction phase of a new facility and how this might transfer to an Australian context.


Delegates gained an awareness of the most recent developments and proven track record in particle therapy by talking to leading specialists involved in the development of particle therapy as well as the subsequent implementation and treatment. At each location participants had the opportunity to experience in-depth tours with these particle therapy experts. The tour provided a unique perspective of particle therapy and the flow of the technology from a research tool to an operational hospital environment. The Study Tour significantly broadened the individual networking with people interested in these facilities.


Read the News Story on the ANSTO website 


Due to the success of this tour, expressions of interest are now open for another AINSE tour to Japan in 2018. The AINSE Particle Therapy Tour 2018 will have an agenda based on feedback from the 2017 participants.  



ANSTO User Meeting 2017 | 22 - 24 November 

National Centre for Synchrotron Science, VIC

Joint meeting Incorporating the Australian Neutron Beam Users Group (ANBUG) and the Australian Synchrotron

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ACAM 9 |  27 - 29 November 

UNSW Sydney, Australia 

9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 

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AINSE WISE School | 4 - 6 December 2017

Lucas Heights, NSW 

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14th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference (AEIC) | 26 - 28 March 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
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