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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2024 Gold Medal Ceremony and Networking Dinner

On Tuesday 21st May 2024, AINSE Scholar Gold Medals for excellence and impact in research were formally awarded to Dr. Yanxiang Meng and Dr. Oliver Paull in a ceremony hosted in the AINSE Theatre and livestreamed via Zoom.

Following the Gold Medal Ceremony, AINSE’s hosted its annual networking dinner to bring together representatives from the Australasian 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, ATSE, and AusYGN, 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 employed in a postdoctoral research position at an AINSE Member Institution and planning to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO in the period 1st October 2024 – 31st December 2025.

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 2024. For further information, and a link to the application portal, please visit our ECRG website.

28th AINSE Winter School: Expressions of Interest now open (deadline extended: 31 May 2024)

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 component of the 2024 event (1-10 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 28th 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 the link to the application portal. Expressions of interest close 31st May 2024.

2023 Year in Review

The AINSE team wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and a great year of research ahead, as we reflect on the successes of 2023.

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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 2024 – 31st December 2025.

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 in nuclear science and engineering within the areas of 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 project must be in collaboration with at least one researcher employed by ANSTO or another Australian AINSE-member institution, and at least one researcher employed by a French university or French research institution.

The research internship is required to take place over 8 – 26 weeks between 1st October 2024 and 31st December 2025.

Applications close 1st July 2024. For more information, including the application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

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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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

ANSTO Powder Diffraction Workshop 2024
30 April–2 May 2024
ANSTO’s Clayton campus

44th International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA 2024)
27–31 May 2024
The University of Melbourne

Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems (SIBS) Workshop
13–20 June 2024
James Cook University Daintree Rainforest Observatory

28th AINSE Winter School
1–10 July 2024
September 2024
Limited on-site visits at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights campus

AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week
Nuclear Science Week, 21–25 October 2024
Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia & Online

ANSTO-HZB Neutron Training Course 2024
27 October–1 November 2024

ANSTO’s Lucas Heights campus

8th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
2–6 December 2024
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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