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Richard Garrett

Dr Richard Garrett

Senior Advisor, Strategic Projects

Role at ANSTO

Richard provides advice on a range of strategic projects including particle therapy projects in Australia, Australia’s engagement with the ITER fusion project, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory and X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) facilities. He manages relationships with a number of overseas accelerator laboratories including the National Institute for Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Tsukuba, Japan, the RIKEN Spring-8 Center in Harima, Japan, and the Shanghai Institute for Applied Physics (SINAP) in Shanghai, China. Richard promotes ANSTO engagement with synchrotron light source facilities across Asia via the Asia Oceania Forum for Synchrotron Radiation Research.


  • Synchrotron radiation instrumentation and applications 
  • accelerator applications and developments including particle therapy 
  • X-ray-free electron laser sources and the development of compact acceleration schemes
  • fusion energy projects

Qualifications and Achievements

BSc (Hons) Australian National University (1978)
PhD in physics, University of Newcastle (1983)

In 2017 Richard received the  Sustained Contribution to ANSTO award, which acknowledged his leading role in the development, construction and operation of the Australian Synchrotron at ANSTO's Clayton campus.