AINSE - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s capability 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.

 Funding opportunities offered by AINSE

AINSE 2017 Honours Scholarships - NOW CLOSED

Applications for AINSE Honours Scholarships - NOW CLOSED

AINSE Winter School 2017

AINSE Winter School 2017 - Nominations Now Open

Post Graduate Research Awards - Open Feb 2017

Applications for 2017 Post Graduate Research Awards - Open Feb 2017. More Information

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. More Information

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Programme

AINSE WISE School to inspire women in STEM to take on leadership roles
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is to receive funding through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship programme under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. AINSE will use this funding to invite a female student from each of its 35 Australian University members to attend a school at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights. The school will target 1st year University students, with an emphasis on women in STEM, and promote a range of exciting career opportunities in nuclear science and engineering.
The students will have the opportunity to experience first hand some of the research undertaken with the large infrastructure at ANSTO and see the leadership roles that women are currently undertaking in some of these fields. As part of this school AINSE will be inviting leading women in STEM to provide tours, workshops, talks and panel sessions to help inspire women into considering senior leadership roles in STEM. Mentors will also be arranged to provide a more long-term support network for the students to access as they make key career-defining decisions throughout their undergraduate degrees.
"The team at AINSE are delighted by this opportunity and look forward to encouraging women in STEM to pursue leadership roles in the future. By making connections with students early in their undergraduate degrees we hope to highlight the amazing opportunities that are available to women in nuclear science and engineering.”

AINSE Winter School – Encouraging students to pursue their dreams

Chelsea_Long AINSE was proud to discover that a student who attended the 2016 AINSE Winter School has now been accepted for inclusion in the Australian Antarctic Science Program for the 2016/17 season. Chelsea Long, a student from the University of Tasmania has been accepted into an honours program, to answer the question: Do volcanic sulfate emissions increase the flux of cosmogenic beryllium to Antarctica? This month she leaves for Casey, Antarctica to participate in a three-day scientific sampling expedition to Law Dome Summit, in a remote ‘deep field’ camp. After the amazing field trip, she will gain experience at ANSTO assisting ANSTO Scientists with the laboratory processing of this season’s ice samples and accelerator mass spectrometry measurements on ANTARES.

Chelsea has demonstrated a keen interest in applying nuclear techniques of analysis to problems in environmental science. She took the opportunity during the AINSE Winter School networking events such as the research roundup dinner to talk to the researchers at ANSTO. She established contact with Dr Andrew Smith, who is a physicist and expert in the long-lived radionuclides in polar ice sheets as tracers and chronometers. From the Winter School Chelsea was able to build collaborations with Dr Smith and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic studies (IMAS) in Tasmania.

Her project is not only an invaluable experience for a young researcher but will improve her understanding of the processes by which climate and environmental signals are recorded in ice sheets.


Higher Education Conference, Universities Australia 2017, 1 - 3 March 2017, National Convention Centre, Canberra

37th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering, 2 - 10 March 2017, Lise Meitner Campus / Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Innovation in Radiation Applications 2017, 20 - 22 April 2017, University of Wollongong

1st Asia Oceania Forum (AOF) Synchrotron Radiation School, 28 May - 3 June 2017, Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne