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Discover the amazing world of nuclear science from your classroom.

Education Resources Elearning - Video Conference 

Connect with ANSTO by videoconference

Teachers can accrue NESA-registered professional development hours at the proficient level for time spent planning and reflecting on all ANSTO e-learning programs.

Meet an expert: Research task (Free)

In this two-lesson plus homework program students will gather, process and present information about a practising Australian scientist. Our staff are experienced science communicators and can talk to primary and secondary students at an appropriate level. This programs is designed to address:

  • Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors for Years 5-10
  • Skill outcomes for preliminary and HSC science subjects and Year 11 and 12 science subjects in other Australian states

Please note that we have booked our speakers for a 3 hour time slot. When you book one of these sessions, we will contact you by email and ask you to select a 30 minute period within this time slot for your students to talk with our expert.

Lesson 1 (in class or at home)Lesson 2
Post-work or homework

As a class, students:

  • Gather information about the scientist and their research from secondary sources
  • Prepare interview questions for the scientist during the videoconference

As a class, students:

  • Interview the scientist
  • Gather first-hand information from the scientist


  • Present information about the scientist in a research task format selected by the teacher



Upcoming "Meet an expert" sessions

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Joseph Bevitt

Tuesday March 27, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Joseph is a distinguished researcher, educator and science communicator. He also manages ANSTO’s User Office, which deals with thousands of scientists visiting ANSTO each year to use our instruments and collaborate with our researchers. Joseph’s recent research involves using neutron-computed tomography (neutron-CT), which allows him to see inside scientifically important fossils, including a range of ancient animals from Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, China and Mongolia.   


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James Hardiman

Wednesday March 28, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

James is an expert in radioactive waste, especially when it comes to explaining it to others. An engineer by trade, James manages the wastes generated during complex research and the production of important radiopharmaceuticals at ANSTO. He started at ANSTO as a Graduate in 2013 and is now the Leader of Waste Operations.


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Ben Fraser

Thursday March 29, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Ben is a research chemist at ANSTO and specialises in developing new and improved radiopharmaceuticals. He also lectures at several universities to teach the next generation of scientists and medical professionals about nuclear medicines. Ben works together with scientists across the world in large collaborative projects, and supervises his own research students.


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Lidia Matesic

Tuesday April 3, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Wednesday August 22, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Lidia is involved in radiochemistry development research, creating new radiotracers for diagnosing and treating diseases.


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Kate Brandis

Wednesday April 11, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now.

Monday May 14, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now

Kate is a Joint Research Fellow at UNSW and at ANSTO. Kate uses nuclear techniques to track the movements of wetland birds across Australia, and as part of her citizen science project, you can collect feathers from wetland areas to help Kate and her collaborators create a Feather Map of Australia. 

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Samuel Batty

Tuesday May 8, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Sam is a materials engineer at ANSTO. He is in charge of specialised instruments used by Australian researchers to make new materials that perform in extreme environments such as those used in Nuclear, Aerospace, Defence and Space industries. His team also uses its expertise to help other groups at ANSTO, including assessing materials used in the OPAL reactor, quality control for nuclear medicine production, and characterising and assessing radioactive waste.


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Samantha Lee

Wednesday May 9, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Samantha is a radioanalytical chemist. Her job is to make sure that she and other scientists can measure radioactivity very precisely. This is really important because we need to make sure that nuclear medicines are safe for patients, and that we can accurately measure natural and human-made sources of radiation in the environment.  


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Andrew Smith

Thursday May 10, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Andrew studies the world’s climate and how it has changed over many thousands of years. He collects ice cores hundreds of meters deep from Antarctic ice sheets and analyses them with particle accelerators at ANSTO. He can measure very small amounts of naturally-occurring radioactive carbon, beryllium and chlorine that reveal how long ago the ice fell as snow and the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the tiny bubbles trapped in the ice. Andrew’s research gives us very important information about how humans have affected the earth’s climate.

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Alex Borovskis

Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Alex is a chemical engineer and his team manages the radioactive wastes that are generated at ANSTO each and every day. These waste products have been generated during complex research and the production of important nuclear medicines.



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Michael Corry

Wednesday May 16, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Michael and the Environmental Monitoring team use nuclear science to monitor human impacts on the environment, in the soil, water systems, the atmosphere and in living systems. Michael takes samples from the environment and analyses them back in the laboratory. 


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Geoff Currie

Thursday May 17, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

With decades of clinical, management and research experience in nuclear medicine, Geoff is now an Associate Professor in Nuclear Medicine at Charles Sturt University. In addition to teaching university students and conducting his own research, Geoff also explains nuclear medicine in the popular media, including newspapers and online videos.

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Scott Chambers

Tuesday May 22, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Scott is an atmospheric scientist at ANSTO. He measures a naturally occurring radioactive gas, called Radon-222, to find out more about our atmosphere and environment. Because Radon-222 comes from land, not water, and does not react with other things in the atmosphere, it makes a very good “tracer” of what air has been doing and where air has been. Scott uses Radon-222 to help find out where air pollution might have come from and how atmospheric processes can dilute pollution. Scott’s research has taken him to some very interesting places, including Antarctica, Italy, Poland, Romania, Germany, Japan, Korea and volcanoes in Hawaii.

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Brett Rowling

Wednesday May 30, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now.

Brett is an analytical chemist at ANSTO, where he prepares and analyses samples for internal and external clients. His job involves working in the field to collect samples, and then analysing them in the laboratory using techniques such as ion chromatography, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS), and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICPAES). His work includes monitoring groundwater quality, and pollution and radiation levels in contaminated sites.



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Nick Howarth

Tuesday June 5, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Nick is a systems engineer and works with the computer systems that control the OPAL research reactor. This is an important job that helps ensure the reactor operates safely and efficiently.

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Paul Newton

Tuesday August 14, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now.

Paul is the Operations Manager for ANSTO Health and oversees the production and supply of nuclear medicines to hospitals across Australia. ANSTO Health produces over 10,000 patient doses every week, ensuring medicines are of the highest quality and that they reach hospitals in time for the patient’s procedure.

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Marina Sara

Wednesday August 15, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now.

Marina is an ANSTO Graduate and works with the Waste Operations team. Waste Operations manages the radioactive wastes that are generated at ANSTO each and every day. These waste products have been generated during complex research and the production of important nuclear medicines.

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Tom Cresswell

Tuesday August 21, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Tom is an environmental scientist and uses radioactive isotopes as tracers of pollution in the aquatic environment. He works on a range of different projects, including studying the impact of mining on aquatic ecosystems, finding out where metals bioaccumulate within aquatic invertebrates, and researching microplastics as vectors of contaminant bioaccumulation by marine organisms. Tom is also an active science communicator and talks often about his research to school students and the general public at events.


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Helen Maynard-Casely

Thursday August 23, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Helen uses neutron diffraction to study the crystal structure of small molecules. In particular, Helen is interested in how molecules and ices behave under pressure in conditions similar to those found inside planets.


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Patricia Gadd

Tuesday August 28, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now. 

Patricia is an environmental chemist at ANSTO and she operates the ITRAX core scanner. This instrument identifies elements in sediment cores, wood, coral, speleothems, feathers, clams, and whale baleen samples to answer important environmental questions. Patricia is also an active science communicator and regularly explains her research to school students and the general public.

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Kirrily Rule

Wednesday August 29, 2018, 12.30-3.30pm. Book now.

Kirrily is an instrument scientist in the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering at ANSTO. Kirrily uses neutron diffraction to study magnetism at very small scales (quantum magnetism) on the thermal triple-axis spectrometer, TAIPAN. Kirrily also investigates the properties of superconducting materials, which in the future may be used for the next generation of electronics, data storage and transport. 


For further information and enquiries use the contact details below. For bookings please see the sessions listed to the left or contact us for a customised time and date.

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