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 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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AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards: 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 2020 round of the AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRAs).

AINSE PGRA Scholars will receive a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to a generous travel and accommodation allowance, to assist them in their studies.

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 2020. For more details, including terms & conditions and the online application form, please visit our Postgraduate Research Award page.

3rd AINSE WISE School concludes

In the first week of December 2019, AINSE’s third annual Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School saw 60 students from 35 universities across Australia and New Zealand join a diverse group of researchers, entrepreneurs and distinguished guests to network and share their experiences. 

Particle Therapy Tour of Japan

In August 2018, AINSE, with assistance from ANSTO, conducted a second Particle Therapy Tour in Japan. The tour, hosted by AINSE Managing Director Michelle Durant and ANSTO Physicist Dr. Dale Prokopovich, illustrated Japan’s development of proton and carbon ion therapy from early experimental stages through to patient treatments in the hospital setting.

A video showcasing the 2018 AINSE Study Tour, produced by Australia’s Science Channel, can be viewed on the AINSE Website.

AINSE are now seeking expressions of interest for the 2020 Study Tour of Particle Therapy in Japan, to be held from 16-19 August 2020. For more details, please visit our Study Tour page.

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 to cover flight costs to and from the international conference. 

To find out more, visit our Travel Scholarship site

Upcoming Events

8–13 March 2020

Sydney, NSW, Australia
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29 April – 1 May 2020

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
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15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference
29 June – 1 July 2020

Ballina, NSW, Australia
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24th AINSE Winter School 
6 – 10 July 2020

Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia
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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.

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