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Presentations 2014


28 MarchRadiation therapy´╗┐Charley LinewaeverTo give an astrobiological view of cancer's evolutionary origin ANSTO will will be welcoming Prof Charley Linewaever from the Australian National Univeristy 28 March. 
10 MarchEvolving lithium economyMichael ThackerayRechargeable lithium-ion batteries have become significant in powering both small and large applications ranging from smart cards to electric vehicles. ANSTO welcomes Michael Thackeray from Argonne National Laboratory to discuss the challenges and opportunities in an evolving lithium economy. 
11 FebruaryInnovative health solutions using nuclear techniques Dale Bailey Australian nuclear medicine standards are among the best in the world. There has been a particular focus on hybrid imaging techniques in the last decade. To tell us more about Australian achievements in nuclear medicine, ANSTO welcomed Professor Dale Bailey from Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
28 January3D mapping toolElliot DuffCSIRO has developed Zebedee, a handheld laser scanner which generates 3D maps of challenging environments and is an essential tool for a wide range of scientific purposes. On the 28 January ANSTO welcomed Elliot Duff from CSIRO to explain this technology in more depth.




Presentations 2013


DateTitle SpeakerDescription
7 November 2013Small science at large facilitiesProf Yasuhiko Fujii

Prof Yasuhiko Fujii presented a talk on small science at large facilities in the Asia-Oceania Region having a global impact. His talk focused on neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation research. 


8 October 2013
  1. Hadron therapy overview
  2. The status and perspectives of hadron therapy 
Professors Roberto Orecchia and Sandro Rossi

Hadrontherapy is a form of advanced radiotherapy that represents an important innovation in the fight against cancer . Professors Roberto Orcecchia and Sandro Rossi from the National Centre of Oncology (CNAO) in Italy will present an overview of hadrontherapy that is seen by many as giving hope for thousands of patients, to traditional therapy that has not given the desired results. They will also discuss some of the main functions of the CNAO.

15 August 2013The Killer DefenceProfessor Peter Doherty

In a wide-ranging lecture, the award winning researcher and former Australian of the Year, gave a high level view of how the body's complex defence mechanisms deal with the constant threat of viruses and bacteria that seek to live in or on us. 

29 July 2013How to meet requirements for different evolutions of nuclear energyDr Massimo- SalvatoresNuclear energy can be a powerful asset for future generations in order to meet growing energy demand. Senior Scientific Advisor Massimo- Salvatores will talk about how fast reactors and adapted fuel cycles represent a flexible and credible long- term solution. 
8 July 2013Most assumptions in molecular biology are wrong Professor John MattickThe Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Professor John Mattick discussed theories of biology and evolution. The talk focused on non-protein coding RNA's that exhibit tissue and cell specific patterns and subcellular locations.
16 May 2013The irradiation testing of thorium-plutonium fuelJulian KellyJulian Kelly (Chief Technology Officer, Thor Energy AS) talked about thorium and the ‘on-line’ measurement of material behaviours while the fuel is operating at power
8 April 2013The GIANT Alliance GrenobleProfessor Bill Stirling
Professor W.G. Stirling (senior scientific advisor, GIANT Alliance) discussed the objectives of the alliance, the partner institutions , and the centres of excellence under development in Grenoble.
19 March 2013Nuclear fusion: Quantum coherence and its consequencesProfessor Mahananda DasguptaMahananda discussed how researchers unravel collision dynamics through ingenious experiments, providing ‘snapshots’ of this invisible world, that is allowing us to advance our understanding of many body quantum dynamics.  
11 February 2013Science uncovering our deep past (6.4 MB)Prof. Claudio Tuniz is Scientific Consultant and former Assistant Director (2004-2011) of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

From ancient dentistry to the oldest military fort built by Romans in Europe, Professor Tuniz shared how a revolutionary imaging technique is transforming how we uncover the past. 

21 February 2013 Managing radioactive waste safely Prof. Bill Lee, Director of Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Imperial College London. Deputy Chair, Committee on radioactive waste management (CoRWM)Prof Bill Lee discussed UK's managing radioactive waste safely programme. He further discusses the technical issues and social issues associated with building a geological disposal.



Presentations 2012 


7 December 2012Structure and Drug Discovery.
Prof Eric Xu.Professor Xu from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica at the Chinese Academy of Sciences shared his insights on nuclear hormone receptors and G-protein coupled receptors.
15 Novemeber 2012History of Spallation Neutron Sources Distinguished Fellow John M. CarpenterJack discussed the earliest surveys of cosmic rays exactly 100 years ago in 1912 and related those early observations with a description of the spallation neutron production process as we know it today.
31 October 2012Imaging agents to visualise biomakers Professor Jason S. Lewis serves as Vice Chair for Basic Research, Chief Attending Radiochemist, and Director of the Cyclotron Core in Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Department of Radiology

Professor Lewis discussed his work and the future of cancer detection and therapy looking at new imaging techniques he hopes will move from the research lab and into the clinic.

9 October 2012Recent developments in Photovoltaics  
Professor Martin Green, Executive Research Director, UNSW Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence Professor Green Explains why and shares his insights on the technological revolutions currently occurring in the industry
23 September 2012

Technology trends of carbon-ion radiotherapy and NSIR's role for its promotion

Dr Atsushi Kitagawa, Research Centre for Charged Particle Therapy NIRS, Japan 
5 September 2012Sustainable Food: nexus of agriculture,enviroent and social well-beingProfessor John Crawford, Head of Sustainability and Complex Systems Charler Perkins Centre, University of SydneyHuman Beings are part of the global ecosystem that is on the brink. Professor Crawford explains how we need to adapt to address issues of food security and wellbeing.
15 August 2012Accelerator mass spectrometry enters astrophysics and geochemistry. Dr Michael Paul, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.In his talk Professor Michael Paul will discuss how Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) has entered the field of astrophysics and the potentially great impact it will have on our view of the universe.
12 July 2012"Dark Continent" of the human digestive tractDr Phil Dinning, Flinders U., and Professor John Arkwright, CSIRO, Winners of the 2011 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of TechnologyFrom cables to colons- A journey for fibre Bragg grating technology into the "Dark Continent" of the human digestive tract.
22 June 2012Semi-conductor nanowires for Optoelectronic device applications.Prof Chennupati Jagadish, ANU 
30 April 2012The application of Nuclear Science and Technology for The Welfare of Indonesian Community.Prof Hudi Hastowo, Chairman of the National Nuclear Energy Agency of the Republic of Indonesia, BATAN (Indonesian equivalent of ANSTO). In addition, the government-owned company, PT Batan Teknologi, produces medical and industrial isotopes for Indonesia’s domestic needs using BATAN’s facilities in Serpon
30 March 2012ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider- The new frontierof high-energy physics.Professor Geoffrey Taylor, U Melbourne 
22 February 2012ASNO and Austrlia's efforts to counter WMD proliferation  

Dr Robert Floyd, Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

6 February 2012Polymers and neutron scattering Professor Dame Julia Higgins 



2011 Presentations   


29 November 2011Expanding opportunities for national and international collaboration

Nadia Rosenthal- Scientific Head, EMBL Australia. 

Australia is now an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Joining this pre-eminent research organisation opens up new doors for the local scientific community. Professor Nadia Rosenthal explains.

22 November 2011Climate insights from Australian ice coring

Tas van Ommen- Australian Antarctic Division & Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC.

Our understanding of the Earth's climate, in particular, depends foremost on the Earth's history. How past climate changed can provide some insight into future climate. Dr van Ommen explains.

25 October 2011Life and death in the cellProf Suzanne Cory, President of Austraila Academy of Sciences 
23 September 2011Meeting energy demands in IndiaDr Baldev Raj, President, Indian national academy of engineering, President, International institute of welding and recently retired Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for atomic researchChallenges and opportunities in meeting energy demands of India: nuclear energy an important and inevitable pursuit
13 September 2011 The LHC at CERN:Will it produce a big bang? 

Vincent Smith, Bristol University

The universe started with a Big Bang --but we dont fully understand how or why it developed the way it did. Dr Smith explains.
22 August 2011Innovation in a resource- limited world  

Ms Bianca Nogrady

In a world of dwindling resources and where waste grows ever more costly, the greatest market opportunity lies in resource efficiency - finding ways to do more with less. Bianca Nogradyt explains.

8 June 2011Applications of e-Research to medical imaging and beyong

C. Paul Bonnington, Monash University

New developments in e-Research platforms are being led by some leading researchers in the bio-medical and bio-chemical imaging disciplines that have had a transformational impact on their approaches to research. Professor Bonnington explains.
17 May 2011Nuclear energy post Fukushima- Nuclear governance for the 21st century  

Mr John Carlson- Consultant and former Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office.

Nuclear governance refers to the institutional arrangements dealing with nuclear energy, in particular treaties, decisions of international bodies, cooperation arrangements and other mechanisms
12 April 2011Atomic mass spectrometry- From large AMS facilities to table size instruments

Martin Suter, Ion beam physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Advances in technologies played certainly an important role. But many improvements were only possible due to the better understanding of the physics involved in the measuring process.


2010 Presentations   


30 November 2010Medical Applications of synchrotron radiation  

Dr William Thomlinson, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Infrastructure), Monash University.

Dr Thomlinson presented from the viewpoint of his personal experiences, starting with the first human coronary angiography program at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and ending with an overview of the future programs at the Synchrotron in Australia.

8 November 2011Status report on the large Hadron Collider

Dr Stephen Myers, Director of Accelerators and Technology, CERN.

The repair of the LHC will be briefly presented and the main part of the talk will be devoted to the operation with beamA description is given of the progress made with the LHC since the accident of September 2008.

14 October 2011Cultural materials conversation Prof. Robyn Sloggett, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of MelbourneExamines how science supports the preservation of culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and how such work addresses issues of cross-cultural engagement not only at local community and national level.
23 August 2011The demands for sensing Ionizing radiation in the new world  

Prof. David Wehe, University of Michigan, USA.

Ionizing radiation is a both a natural and man-made phenomena that plays a major role in contemporary applications.
28 July 2011Anti-matter: from the Big Bang to radiation therapy

Dr Michael Doser, CERN.

 Michael Doster explains the measurement of the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter.
12 May 2011 'Obesity Physiology and Pharmacotherapy'.  Prof. Michael Cowley, Department of Physiology, Monash University. Developments have regulate food intake and energy expenditure to reduce adipose stores and cause weight loss
22 March 2010Low dose radiation effects: A biological reality check

Dr Ron Mitchel, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada.

Humans are surrounded by ionising radiation from many natural sources for every day of their lives, this subject goes to the heart of our understanding of nuclear physics.
25 February 2010'The Spin on Electronics!' - Racetrack Memory.

Dr Stuart Parkin, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA.

A magnetic recording read head, formed from a spin-valve, and more recently by a magnetic tunnel junction, has enabled a 1,000-fold increase in the storage capacity of hard disk drives.
9 February 2010'Prescription for the Planet' - Alternative Energy Cycles.

Tom Blees, President, Science Council for Global Initiatives (a new international Non-Governmental Organisation)

Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details.

2009 Presentations 


21 October 2009CERN's superconducting accelerators and high performance computing capabilities

Prof Emmanuel Tsesmelis, CERN.

Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis, gave a detailed presentation on CERN's primary research aims, and the operational status of the much publicised Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as well as other projects.

12 October 2009Fusion Energy- R&D status

Dr Barry Green, School of physics, university  Western Australia.

Describe the development of fusion energy (based on the magnetic confinement of the fusion fuel) with emphasis on the ITER Project, the large international fusion experiment at present under construction in the south of France.