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.

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New AINSE Pathway Scholarships: Applications now open

AINSE are pleased to announce the opening of our new Pathway Scholarships for Honours and Masters students, alongside our new and improved online portal for scholarship applications.

Eligible students from AINSE Member institutions who will be enrolled in any Honours program OR Masters program, for some period between 1st January 2024 and 31st March 2024, can now apply for the 2024 AINSE Pathway Scholarship. The Pathway Scholarship replaces our previous Honours Scholarship, and expands that offering to include ALL students enrolled in any Masters degree.

AINSE Pathway Scholars will receive a one-off A$5,000 stipend to assist them in their studies.

Applications close on 15 March 2024. For more details, including terms & conditions and a link to the new online application portal, please visit our Pathway Scholarship page.

In Memory of E/Prof. John White

It is with deep sadness that the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) remembers the late Emeritus Professor John William White, who passed away on 16 August 2023.

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7th AINSE WISE School: Applications now open (deadline extended to 11 October)

The annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School provides an ideal opportunity for first-year undergraduate Women in STEM to network with their peers from across Australia and New Zealand and to hear from special guest speakers about their journeys to successful careers in STEM.

A key component of the WISE school is active participation in an ongoing mentorship program involving the WISE students, past WISE alumni, and staff members from ANSTO and AINSE.

Please visit our WISE School page for more information, and to apply. Applications will close 11 October 2023.

27th AINSE Winter School – Online Week

Throughout the first week of July, 67 students from 30 Australian and New Zealand universities had the unique opportunity to connect with leading ANSTO researchers as part of the online week of the twenty-seventh annual AINSE Winter School.

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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 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.

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

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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