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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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Lidia Matesic

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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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. 

Wednesday November 28, 1.30-3.30pm. 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. 

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Ben Fraser

Wednesday December 5, 2018, 1.30-3.30pm. 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.


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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(02) 9717 3090