The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Advisory Committee provides strategic advice to ANSTO on the facility and its activities.
The Program Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Leader of the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering concerning the allocation of beam time. For this, the committee examines not only scientific merits (comments provided by external referees online), but also technical and safety aspects of the beam-time requests.
Although assessment is driven by the scientific merit of the proposal, the development of new users and new research areas is also taken into account.
Between mid-2009 and early 2013, the Beam Instruments Advisory Group gave us advice on the $37M Neutron Beam Enhancement Project (NBI-2), which was announced in the Australian Government's budget of 12 May 2009. The project included funding for 2 new guides, 3 new instruments (small-angle neutron scattering, high-resolution neutron spectroscopy and neutron radiography/tomography/imaging, in addition to substantial funds for new sample-environment apparatus).
Between 2000 and 2007, a previous incarnation of the Beam Instruments Advisory Group gave us advice on the $30M Neutron Beam Instruments Project, which successfully managed the design, construction, installation and commissioning of the initial set of instruments at the OPAL reactor.