AINSE 2019 Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) – Applications 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 Early Career Researcher position at an AINSE Member Institution and/or Organisation and wishing to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO.

Applications will be received up to 11:59pm 1st July 2019, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Completed applications must be emailed directly to AINSE before the deadline.

Please see the links below for the Terms and Conditions, application form, and an ANSTO Capabilities and Facilities Guide. For enquiries and further information, please contact AINSE by phone (+61 2 9717 3376) or by email.

AINSE Study Tour: Particle Therapy in Japan

AINSE are now seeking Expressions of Interest for our upcoming Particle Therapy Tour in Japan, commencing and concluding in Tokyo from 2nd-4th September 2019.

The tour is open to participants from a wide variety of disciplines, including members of the Australian oncology community, senior academics, and political leaders.

For further details, please see our information flyer.

AINSE International Travel Scholarships

PhD students from AINSE Member Universities who wish to present their AINSE-supported research at an overseas conference are encouraged to apply for an AINSE International Travel Scholarship.

Applications are open year-round, with up to A$1,000 awarded for travel expenses to the international conference. Please see the application form for a full list of terms and conditions.

Dr Erica Smyth on-stage in the AINSE Theatre, December 2017
Dr Erica Smyth AC, FTSE addressing students at the 2017 AINSE WISE School.

Dr Erica Smyth AC honoured in the 2019 Western Australian of the Year Awards.

Dr Erica Smyth AC, FTSE, former ANSTO Board member and one of Western Australia’s first female geologists, was recently awarded the 2019 Western Australian of the Year Business Award.

Over the course of an impressive 45-year career, Dr Smyth has been a tireless champion for gender equity. In addition to her roles as a WIMWA Mentor and chair of the UWA Centenary Trust for Women, Dr Smyth has engaged in numerous public speaking roles as part of her efforts in enabling women to create their own future.

In 2017 and 2018, AINSE was fortunate to have Dr Smyth as a keynote speaker for its first two Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Schools; a role in which she inspired a combined cohort of over 100 undergraduate Women in STEM.

For more information, please visit the Celebrate WA website.

A/Prof. Lydia Mackenzie presenting her research to assembled AINSE Councillors.

AINSE Gold Medal awarded to A/Prof. Lydia Mackenzie

We are proud to announce that former AINSE PGRA scholar A/Prof. Lydia Mackenzie has been awarded the AINSE Gold Medal for excellence in research.

A/Prof. Mackenzie commenced a Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) with AINSE in 2013 while undertaking her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. At that time, she was selected to hold the title of John Ferris Memorial Scholar, awarded to the top AINSE student in the field of Environmental Science.

At a gathering of AINSE Councillors last week, AINSE Managing Director Michelle Durant presented A/Prof. Mackenzie with the AINSE Gold Medal to acknowledge her outstanding research achievements.

The AINSE Gold Medal is awarded based on publications within the past five years that acknowledge AINSE support. It may be awarded jointly to collaborating researchers and one medal is reserved for graduate students, including those who have recently completed their PhD projects.

After receiving the AINSE Gold Medal, A/Prof. Mackenzie presented an overview of her research into palaeoenvironmental change and human land-use during the Holocene, an area of study that has taken her from South Wellesley Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Great Hinggan Mountains in China. She currently works in the School of Earth Sciences at Zhejiang University.

Michelle Durant also noted A/Prof. Mackenzie’s efforts in supporting other students during her time with AINSE.

“Not only has Lydia excelled in her own research, she has also given freely of her time to mentor other students in AINSE programs. We wish Lydia well in her future career,” Ms. Durant said.

A/Prof. Mackenzie’s PhD thesis is entitled “Holocene environments, human arrival and rates of environmental change in tropical northern Australia, South Wellesley Island.”

For more information on the AINSE Gold Medal, including a list of past recipients, please visit our Gold Medal webpage.

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.

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 AINSE Trust

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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AINSE Winter School | 8 -12 July 2019

Sydney, Australia
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AINSE Study Tour: Particle Therapy in Japan  | 2 – 4 September 2019

Tokyo, Japan
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