Our History

Since 1958, AINSE has played a vital role in sustaining a unique and enduring research partnership between ANSTO (formerly the AAEC) and universities and industry members across Australia and New Zealand.

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60 Years

In 2018, AINSE marked its
60th anniversary with a special celebration hosted at the Australian Museum.

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Enduring Partnerships

From 10 inaugural member institutions
in 1958 to over 40 member institutions today, AINSE continues to provide networks for collaboration within
nuclear science, engineering,
and related research fields.

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Training Future Experts

AINSE has supported generations of postgraduate students through the provision of research scholarships and facility access.

Our story

AINSE was originally established in 1958 as the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Inc. to provide universities and other tertiary institutions with a mechanism to access the unique research facilities at Lucas Heights, and to provide a focus for cooperation in nuclear science and engineering.

Today, the nuclear science and engineering at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights, Camperdown and Clayton campuses supports activities and research across a wide range of disciplines, with applications in advanced materials, agriculture, archaeology, biology, chemistry, environmental protection, geology, medicine, mining, nanotechnology, manufacturing, and physics.

AINSE Inc. developed into a new company, AINSE Ltd., which commenced trading on 1st January 2009. AINSE continues to play an indispensable role in building pathways and networks for collaboration within the nuclear science, engineering and related research fields, and building capability and diversity through training and education.

AINSE offers a range of programs and services to its members including generous conference support, inspiring symposiums, scholarships for honours and 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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About AINSE

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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