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 Statement regarding COVID-19:
19th June 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the AINSE Board held a meeting on 19th June to discuss key items for the July-September 2020 period.

The health and wellbeing of our scholars, staff and collaborators is our highest priority. The AINSE team is working to assist all of our members during this time. In developing this precautionary approach, AINSE has consulted widely with stakeholders and taken the national and state guidelines, as well as equity of access, into account.

AINSE continues to offer events and scholarships throughout 2020. Our annual Winter School has moved to an online format in July and we will work continuously with the research community to explore how AINSE programs can best adapt to support their needs.

Please see the full list of current changes to upcoming AINSE events and programs below.

The Winter School is an online event in July, with a plan for student participants to visit ANSTO facilities later in the year if feasible.

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Mentorship Program continues to run via videoconferencing and online discussion sessions as per normal.

Honours scholarships were announced at the end of March and any successful applicants who defer their Honours enrolment will be accommodated.

All current participants of the Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) program have received a six-month no cost extension.

The Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) application round proceeded on schedule with awards to be announced by 30th June.

Residential Student Scholarship (RSS), and Early-Career Research Grant (ECRG) applications are currently being accepted, with applicants encouraged to apply for ANSTO access at the end of 2020 or early 2021.

The ANSTO Graduate Institute ‘Industry Foundations Scholarship’ opened mid-April, with applications closing 17th July.

Existing PGRA scholars will be assisted with their individual research requirements and extensions matched with underlying primary scholarships when approved by the host university and existing ECRG holders have been offered a six-month no cost extension.

AINSE continues to support the research community and monitor the ongoing situation.

Please feel free to share this correspondence of 19 June 2020 with your research community where appropriate.

Kind regards,
AINSE Board and Management.
19 June 2020

Congratulations to our new SAAFE scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to Meltem Bayrak and Sachini Pathirannahalage, our two new Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) recipients for 2020.

The SAAFE program supports Early Career Researchers at PhD and postdoctoral levels to travel from Australia to France – and from France to Australia – to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France in research and innovation.

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Congratulations to our 42 new PGRA scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to the 42 postgraduate students who have been selected to receive an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) commencing in 2020.

The PGRA is a top-up scholarship that may be held until the expiry of the receipient’s Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship or equivalent primary scholarship. In addition to providing a student with a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, the award provides access to ANSTO’s world-class facilities and expertise. An allowance for travel and accommodation expenses associated with access to ANSTO facilities is also provided.

To date, the AINSE PGRA has supported the training of 449 postgraduate students in nuclear science and related fields.

For further information, please visit our PGRA page.

AINSE 2020 Gold Medal Ceremony

On Wednesday 20th May, AINSE alumni Dr. Cynthia Isley and Dr. Gabriel Murphy were presented with AINSE Gold Medals in recognition of their outstanding research achievements.
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Early Career Researcher Grants: Applications Now Open

AINSE’s Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG), a one-time payment of A$10,000 (excl. GST), is offered by AINSE to suitably-qualified persons holding a postdoctoral ECR position at an AINSE Member Institution and/or Organisation and wishing to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO.

Applications for the second round of the ECRG will be received up to 11:59pm AEST 31st July 2020.

For further details, including Terms and Conditions, an application form, and an ANSTO Capabilities & Facilities Guide, please visit our ECRG page.

24th AINSE Winter School (online): Applications Now Open

AINSE offers scholarships to its Member Universities to enable a nominated student to attend the Winter School on applications of nuclear techniques. The 24th annual AINSE Winter School will be held online from Tuesday 7th to Friday 9th July 2020.

The scholarship is open to all senior undergraduate students to whom a knowledge of nuclear analysis techniques would be of interest. Such techniques have applications in areas ranging from agriculture to zoology, including physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, geography, geology, and archaeology. The Winter School provides an ideal opportunity for students in their final year of undergraduate STEM studies to explore potential options for future research projects and meet potential collaborators.

The Winter School involves a mixture of lectures, experimental sessions and demonstrations. A social program, including a research networking event, encourages students to discuss important current social issues involving science and technology.

The AINSE Councillor at each university is responsible for coordinating the selection of a scholarship student.  Please contact your University Councillor, or visit our Winter School page, to find out more about the AINSE Winter School.

New research in Nature Communications: “The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000-53,000 years ago”

Australia’s first people were skilled foragers with complex processing techniques for plant foods, according to recent research by AINSE PGRA Scholar Stephanie Anna Florin and her collaborators from The University of Queensland in partnership with the Mirarr people.

Their paper, published in Nature Communications, details analysis of charred plant remains at a site in western Arnhem Land dating back to 65,000 years ago – around the same time that the earliest Aboriginal Australians reached Sahul, the prehistoric super-continent of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

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Upcoming Events

AINSE Symposium (online) 
31 July 2020

Entirely-online event for AINSE Queensland, ACT and regional NSW members.
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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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