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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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.

AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRA): Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award, and utilising ANSTO facilities as part of their Research Higher Degree program, can now apply for the 2023 round of the AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRAs).

AINSE PGRA Scholars will receive a stipend of A$8,250 per annum in addition to generous travel and accommodation allowances, to assist them in their research.

Applications are now being sought from eligible postgraduate students undertaking research projects in the areas of Archaeology, Geosciences & Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Applications close on 15 April 2023. For more details, including terms & conditions and the online application form, please visit our Postgraduate Research Award page

AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS): Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award, and undertaking a Research Higher Degree program aligned with ANSTO’s research priorities, can now apply for the 2023 round of the AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS).

AINSE RSS Scholars will receive a stipend of A$8,250 per annum, in addition to extended travel and accommodation allowances, to assist them in their research.

The RSS differs from a Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) in that a RSS student must be onsite at an ANSTO facility (at Lucas Heights and/or Clayton) for an average of six months per year or more, which can be as a single block of time or as separate visitations.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from postgraduate students whose research topics closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment, Human Health, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries, and Fusion. In addition, opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in contracted research and industrial engagement projects in the defence industry area, and for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.

Applications close on 15 April 2023. For more details, including terms & conditions, please visit our Residential Student Scholarship page.

2022 Year in Review

2022 has been a year filled with many exciting successes that the AINSE staff wish to celebrate as the holiday season approaches.

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6th AINSE WISE School Concludes

From Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2022, 52 students from 20 universities across Australia and New Zealand connected online with a host of remarkable STEM experts and leaders at the sixth annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School, supported by ANSTO and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.
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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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