Building on a history of collaboration that dates back to the earliest days of ANSTO as the former Australian Atomic Energy Commission, the University of Queensland (UQ) has renewed a strategic research agreement with ANSTO.
(left to right) Dr Suzanne Hollins, Head, Research: Dr Simone Richter, Group Executive, Nuclear Science and Technology & Landmark Infrastructure; Dr Miles Apperley, Head, Platforms
The signing by representatives of both organisations, Dr Simone Richter, Group Executive, Nuclear Science and Technology & Landmark Infrastructure (ANSTO) and Professor Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (UQ) took place virtually at events in Lucas Heights and Brisbane on 21 January 2021.
Professor Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) UQ signed the agreement in Brisbane
The agreement will enhance collaborative research, and facilitate the sharing of infrastructure and capabilities, and exchange of personnel, among other activities.
UQ began the long association when it used to send engineering students for placements at Lucas Heights.
The collaboration has grown significantly since that time. In the last decade alone, ANSTO and UQ have engaged in almost 90 research projects across diverse areas, including climate change and environmental science, medical research, materials science, agricultural science and archaeology.
UQ researchers and their associates are frequent users of the instruments at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, the Centre for Accelerator Science and the Australian Synchrotron.
The university is a major contributor to BRIGHT Beamline Program to design and build eight new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron.
More than 50 collaborations are underway that are expected to result in scientific publications.
“One of our first activities will be to plan a workshop, which will broaden our mutual understanding of our respective capabilities that can lead to new research projects,” said Dr Suzanne Hollins, Head, Research