Nuclear techniques for cultural heritage

Our goal

This ANSTO-AINSE workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to the latest scientific analytical tools which are exclusively under the operation of ANSTO. Successful applications to Heritage materials will be showcased.


The following capabilities and expertise will be offered

  • Neutron and synchrotron X-ray imaging
  • Neutron diffraction techniques
  • Neutron activation analysis
  • Accelerator mass spectrometry
  • Ion beam analysis
  • X-ray fluorescence microscopy
  • IR microspectroscopy
  • Scanning electron microscope
  • Focused ion beam
  • Transmission electron microscopy

This event is led by researchers experienced in applications for the diagnostic analyses to the conservation of heritage materials. It will be tailored for novice to intermediate users of these techniques from the research fields of Cultural Heritage, Conservation Science and Archaeology.

A detailed program of the workshop available here.

Who can attend?

Graduates and post-graduates from Cultural Heritage, Conservation Science and Archaeology and associated fields are welcomed. Museum, gallery and cultural heritage experts are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply 

Candidates are invited to support their application through submission of their CV and an abstract of their current research. The participants are expected to present posters of their research, even if it is not based on nuclear techniques - this will allow participants to get feedback from experts on how the nuclear techniques discussed in the workshop may be applied and benefit their research.
Please, email your application to the Workshop Organising Committee (

When and where?

Dates: 12 - 15 June 2018
Location: Lucas Heights, Sydney, Australia

Registration fee

The registration fee includes workshop costs and meals (light refreshments, lunch and social events).

Student: $150
Non-Student: $250

Please click here to register


AINSE Student Travel Support 

Details and Eligibility:

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) are generously providing travel assistance for students with accepted abstracts. To be in the running simply email before 19 May with your notification of Nuclear Techniques for Cultural Heritage accepted abstract. 

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• Students need to be from AINSE member institutions – full list of members can be found on the AINSE website 
• Travel support is for flights only. Flights will be booked by AINSE

For further information, please email us or call +61 2 9717 3376

The workshop will also be able to offer share accommodation in double room at Lucas Heights Motel for the successful students.

Important dates:

Call for abstract: Now Open 

Abstract closes:        7 May 2018
Accepted advised:   14 May 2018
Registration open:   14 May 2018
Registration closes:  2  June 2018

Contact us

Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to email