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Nuclear techniques for Cultural Heritage

Date TBC
Venue ANSTO, AINSE Theatre
New Illawarra Road
Lucas Heights NSW 2234
AINSE Travel Grant Application
Important dates
Student $150
Non-student $250

This workshop has been postponed due to ongoing uncertainty as to the duration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  Once available, new dates will be announced.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has announced the Nuclear Techniques for Cultural Heritage Workshop to be held at ANSTO this September. The workshop will offer a comprehensive introduction to the latest scientific analytical tools which are under the operation of ANSTO, and will be led by researchers who are experienced in the application of analytical techniques in archaeometry and conservation science.

Over two days the workshop will provide an applied introduction to techniques, tours of the Lucas Heights facilities, opportunities for participants to discuss their research and possible applications with ANSTO staff, and selected practical sessions in a range of techniques. The workshop will follow the conference ‘Interdisciplinary Intersections” at Macquarie University, a two-day event designed to focus on the expanding and integral collaboration between the humanities and science.

The workshop is designed for graduates and post-graduates from Cultural Heritage, Conservation Science, and Archaeology and associated fields as well as museum, gallery, and cultural-heritage experts. Travel support for a limited number of students will be provided. Please see below for more information.

The following capabilities and expertise will be covered with specific cultural heritage examples:


• Neutron and synchrotron X-ray imaging

• Neutron diffraction

• Neutron activation analysis

• Accelerator mass spectrometry

• Ion beam analysis

• X-ray fluorescence microscopy

• Infrared microspectroscopy

• Scanning electron microscopy

• Focused ion beam

• Transmission electron microscopy

AINSE students travel support

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is generously providing travel assistance for 10 students!

Interstate graduate or post-graduate students from AINSE member institutions (including New Zealand) are eligible.

Travel support is for flights only. Flights will be booked by AINSE. You can choose the travel dates to attend not only the workshop but also the conference “Interdisciplinary Intersections”.

To be in the running simply submit your application including your CV and an abstract of your current research here.


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