AINSE 2019 Winter School – Applications Open

Undergraduate STEM students in their final year of study at an AINSE member university are encouraged to apply for a place at the 23rd annual AINSE Winter School, to be held from 8th-12th July 2018 at ANSTO’s Sydney campus. Please see our flyer and Winter School website for further information.

AINSE Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) – Expressions of Interest Open

Expressions of Interest are now open for AINSE’s 2019 Residential Student Scholarships (RSSs), which provide a stipend of $7,500 AUD per annum in addition to up to $5,000 AUD per annum travel and accommodation allowance to enable PhD students from AINSE-member universities to work at ANSTO facilities for an average of six months per year or more. Please see our flyer and RSS website for further information.

The 2018 cohortThe 2018 AINSE WISE Students. (Credit: Bruce Hudson)

AINSE’s Commitment to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan

The AINSE Managing Director, Michelle Durant, was pleased to attend the launch of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan and follow up symposium last week.

The plan was developed by the Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technology. It outlines six opportunities to strengthen gender equity in STEM in Australia over the next 10 years, including establishing a national evaluation framework to guide decision making and drive investment and effort into STEM measures that work.

AINSE is committed to this plan and will take immediate action to assist our members, where needed, in addressing the key opportunities that will ensure Australia’s STEM workforce is well equipped for the future.

In our business directly, we have initiated an annual Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School for first-year female undergraduate students and are looking forward to hosting the third WISE School in December 2019. In response to the Decadal Plan, we will be examining how to improve the evaluation of our WISE School and its associated Mentorship Program. Formal evaluation of programs such as these, in order to determine the efficacy of programs and identify areas for improvement, is one of the six key opportunities identified by the Decadal Plan.

Another key opportunity is providing visible role models that reflect diversity in STEM. AINSE are privileged to work alongside many passionate and talented STEM professionals who freely give of their time to support AINSE’s programs and mentor our visiting students. We would like to thank our partners from ANSTO, and from universities across Australia and New Zealand, for their ongoing support and for acting as exceptional role models for AINSE students. We commit to further showcasing the work of these professionals through our social media channels, our website (currently being redeveloped), and our printed publications.

For more information, including the full list of opportunities identified in the plan, please visit the Australian Academy of Science’s website.


Upcoming Vacancies on the Board of AINSE Ltd. – Expressions of Interest Open

Expressions of interest are now being sought for an upcoming vacancy on the Board of AINSE Ltd. For details on the position, and to submit an expression of interest, please see the information linked below:


SAAFE Research Internship Program – Applications Open

Applications are now open for the 2019 Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Research Internship Program.

The SAAFE Program supports early careers researchers at PhD and postdoctoral level to expand research and innovation activities within Human Health, the Environment and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France in research and innovation.

To find out more about how you could incorporate a French-Australian exchange program into your early career research, visit our SAAFE site.

Applications close 1st May 2019.


AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School 2018 |  5 December – 7 December


AINSE’s second annual Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School saw 57 students from 32 universities across Australia and New Zealand join a diverse group of scientists, engineers and distinguished guests to network and share their experiences.

The 2018 cohort  The 2018 AINSE WISE Students. (Credit: Bruce Hudson)

 In 2018, AINSE received funding from Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer within the NSW Department of Industry, with in-kind support from ANSTO, to hold a school specifically targeted towards first-year female students with an emphasis on Women in STEM and their career opportunities within nuclear science and engineering. AINSE invited each of its thirty-five Australian and six New Zealand member universities to nominate students to attend the program.

In the first week of December, the cohort of first-year female students travelled to ANSTO’s Sydney campus in Lucas Heights where AINSE hosted the 2018 WISE School. Over the course of the three-day intensive program, students engaged in networking and social activities, met high-profile women in nuclear science and engineering, and participated in panel discussions and tours of ANSTO’s landmark research infrastructure.

The WISE School was opened on December 5 by AINSE Managing Director Michelle Durant, who provided students with an overview of AINSE and the opportunities AINSE provides to students and early-career researchers. Michelle later shared her personal career journey from research to science outreach and Managing Director of a science-and-engineering-based organisation.

Over the course of the WISE School students also heard from special guest speakers Prof. Madhu Bhaskaran, Research Leader at RMIT University; Siobhan TobinANSTO Graduate Physicist, Rhodes Scholar and Director of the Australian Physics Olympiad; Susie Gemmell, Engagement Director at the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship; and Erica Smyth AC, professional Company Director and former geologist.

A series of panel discussions covered a broad range of topics, from effective professional networking to student life and career opportunities. Panellists included Dr. Anna Paradowska, Dr. Tim Boyle and Sarah Ballantyne from ANSTO; AINSE students Katie Colborn, Paige Bromson and Mitch Klenner; president of Australian Young Generation in Nuclear and Chair of Young Engineers Australia Sydney Julia Garside; and president of Women in Nuclear’s Australia chapter Dr. Joanne Lackenby, who was recently named one of Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM.

ANSTO CEO Dr. Adi Paterson also visited the students to share his personal accounts of the female trailblazers in his family and his goals and experiences as a Male Champion of Change.

A key component of the WISE School is an ongoing mentorship program involving the WISE students, past WISE alumni, and staff members from ANSTO and AINSE. A networking dinner was held on the second day of the school in order to allow mentors and mentees to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities present in STEM careers generally, and in the fields of nuclear science and engineering specifically. These conversations will continue through a series of scheduled videoconferences that will run throughout 2019.

AINSE would like to thank our guest speakers and mentors for their key efforts in making the 2018 WISE School a success, as well as ANSTO and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer within the NSW Department of Industry for their support. We look forward to hearing from our 2018 WISE alumni as they continue their journeys to successful careers in STEM.

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s and New Zealand’s capabilities 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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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. 

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