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AINSE Statement regarding COVID-19:
21st August 2020

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. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the AINSE Board reviewed the impacts of COVID-19 on AINSE operations in the Board meeting held on 21 August. Activities for the September – December 2020 period were discussed. 

AINSE continues to offer events and scholarships throughout 2020. Our annual PhD Orientation Week and Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship School have both moved to an online format 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 AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week will be held as an online event in October.

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

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School will be held as an online event in December 2020 with more places offered to members due to expanded capacity as an online event.

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 42 successful awards announced at the end of June.

Residential Student Scholarship (RSS), and Early-Career Research Grant (ECRG) applications were accepted, applicants are to be notified the results by the end of September 2020.

The ANSTO Graduate Institute ‘Industry Foundations Scholarship’ applications were accepted by ANSTO as planned.

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 21 August 2020 with your research community where appropriate.

Kind regards,
AINSE Board and Management.
21 August 2020


Congratulations to our new ECRG and RSS scholars

AINSE are delighted to announce the awarding of 17 new Early Career Researcher Grants (ECRGs) and 6 new Residential Student Scholarships (RSSs) in 2020.

The AINSE ECRG provides up to A$10,000 to scholars in their first five years of a postdoctoral Early Career Research position who are undertaking research in collaboration with ANSTO. The grant can be spent on laboratory consumables, travel and accommodation costs, and relevant conference registration fees associated with the collaborative research project. Carer requirements, including childcare costs, are also eligible for funding under the ECRG.

The AINSE RSS is a top-up scholarship provided for postgraduate students needing to stay at ANSTO facilities for an average of 6 months or more per year. The RSS provides a stipend of A$7,500 per annum in addition to $5,000 per annum in travel support. An additional accommodation allowance is provided for eligible students travelling interstate or overseas to access ANSTO facilities.

AINSE wishes to congratulate our new cohort of ECRG and RSS recipients. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their innovative research projects, undertaken in collaboration with the world-class facilities at ANSTO.

For further information, please visit our ECRG and RSS websites.

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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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.

Upcoming Events 

ANSTO Powder Diffraction School 2020 (online) 
6–8 October 2020

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BLiSS*Adelaide 2020 Virtual Conference
20–23 October 2020

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AINSE-ANBUG Neutron Scattering Symposium 2020 (online) 
11–13 November 2020

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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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