For over 60 years, AINSE has provided pathways and networks for scientific collaboration and facilitated world-class research and education across Australia and New Zealand.

From environmental research to materials engineering; from honours projects to early-career research: AINSE offers a variety of scholarships to support students in nuclear science, engineering, and related research fields.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from AINSE, including details of upcoming AINSE-supported conferences and the annual AINSE Winter Schools and WISE Schools for undergraduate students.

Supporting Nuclear Science and Engineering for over 60 years

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AINSE 2023 Award Ceremony and Networking Dinner

On Tuesday 23rd May, AINSE Scholar Gold Medals for excellence and impact in research were formally awarded to Dr. Rhiannon Boseley (Curtin University) and Dr. Gemeng Liang (University of Wollongong). Following the Award Ceremony, a special networking dinner was held to bring together representatives from the Australian nuclear science and technology sector. AINSE member representatives from across Australia and New Zealand met with members of the AINSE and ANSTO Boards, representatives from ARWA, ARPANSA, the ANA, WiN Australia, AusYGN and the French Embassy in Australia, alongside AINSE alumni and ANSTO researchers, at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

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AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG): Applications now open

Applications for the AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) are now open to researchers holding a postdoctoral position at an AINSE Member Institution and planning to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO in the period 1st October 2023 – 31st December 2024.

The AINSE ECRG is a one-time payment of up to A$10,000 (excl. GST) offered to postdoctoral scholars who are in their first five years (full-time equivalent) of employment in a research role at an AINSE member university or organisation – with allowances made for career breaks of a reasonable time frame.

Applications will be received up to 11:59pm AEST 31st July 2023. For further information, and to apply, please visit our ECRG website.

Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassies (SAAFE): Applications now open

AINSE, in partnership with ANSTO, the Embassy of France in Australia and the Embassy of France in New Zealand, are delighted to announce that applications for the next round of the SAAFE Program are now open for international travel in the period 1st October 2023 – 31st December 2024.

The Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassies (SAAFE) Program is an exciting international exchange opportunity open to Early Career Researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. Each successful applicant is provided with costs towards a return flight and up to A$200 per week (up to a maximum of 26 weeks) to support accommodation expenses associated with a visit from:

  • Australia/New Zealand to France, or
  • France to Australia.

The SAAFE Program supports Early Career Researchers to expand research and innovation activities with Health, Environment and Nuclear Technologies, and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia, New Zealand and France in research and innovation.

Eligible applicants must be a PhD student in, or hold a postdoctoral appointment at, a French university or AINSE-member university. The research internship is required to take place over 8 – 26 weeks between 1st October 2023 and 31st December 2024.

Applications close 1st July 2023. For more information, including the application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

AINSE Welcomes New Board Member:  Prof. Janice Aldrich-Wright

The first regular AINSE Board Meeting for 2023 was held on Friday 17th March. During this meeting, the AINSE Board welcomed new Board Member Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright, Deputy Dean (Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University, as a University Representative.

Professor Aldrich-Wright’s appointment from 1 January 2023 comes after Emeritus Professor Bill Boyd completed his term on the AINSE Board, having served as a University Representative from August 2019 to August 2022.

AINSE extends a warm welcome to Professor Aldrich-Wright, and would like to thank all members of the AINSE Board for their ongoing service to AINSE and its member organisations.

2023 AINSE Winter School: Expressions of Interest now open

The annual AINSE Winter School offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for senior undergraduate students to discover the potential for further Honours and postgraduate research in nuclear science and technology, and related research fields. 

In the online week of the 2023 event (3-7 July), students can meet and engage with future research collaborators, gain deep insight into ANSTO’s landmark research facilities, and network with other like-minded students from all across Australia and New Zealand.

Online participants can apply for a further opportunity to explore world-class ANSTO research facilities in person, after the online event.

Applications for the 27th AINSE Winter School are open to all senior undergraduate students interested in learning about the techniques of nuclear analysis. Such techniques have applications across a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, nanotechnology, physics, and more.

Please visit our Winter School page for more information, and to apply. Expressions of interest close 15th May 2023.

In Memory of Mr. E.A. (Bill) Palmer

It is with deep sadness that AINSE informs the scientific community that Mr E.A. (Bill) Palmer, the first Scientific Secretary/Executive Officer of AINSE, recently passed away in September 2022. Bill made an enormous contribution to Nuclear Science and Engineering as the leader of AINSE from 1959 – 1988.

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Upcoming Events

27th AINSE Winter School
3–7 July 2023
September 2023
Limited in-person visits to Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia

Mercury Australia Symposium 2023
13–14 July 2023
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia & Online.

20th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC20)
16–21 July 2023
Adelaide, SA, Australia.

AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week
Nuclear Science Week, October 2023

7th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
4–8 December 2023
Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia & Online


The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE Ltd.) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s and New Zealand’s capabilities in nuclear science, engineering, and related research fields by facilitating world-class research and education. 

AINSE offers a range of programs and services to its members, including generous domestic and international conference support, scholarships for honours & postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers, and intensive undergraduate education schools. These benefits aim to foster scientific advancement and promote an effective collaboration between AINSE members and ANSTO.

We respectfully acknowledge the Dharawal nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which AINSE is located.

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