The future of nuclear science

Australian Institute of Physics Congress

Discoveries in diagnosing diseases, finding new clues to detect climate change and the structural soundness of materials have all emerged from Australia’s nuclear research reactor.  Adi Paterson, the director of ANSTO (the body that manages the reactor) spoke about the role that nuclear science will play in Australia’s future.

Further information:

Media release issued by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Media release 3 December, 2010

Nuclear Science: past, present and future

As part of the 19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress, ANSTO will provide an insight into the exciting world of nuclear science with a presentation covering areas of research ranging from climate change and medical studies to waste management systems.

ANSTO CEO, Dr Adi Paterson will give Congress delegates a unique look into the important role nuclear science plays in Australia’s future with his presentation “ANSTO and the Future of the Great Traditions in Nuclear Science and Technology.”

Dr Paterson will detail, in particular, how ANSTO has been at the forefront of nuclear research which has seen discoveries in diagnosing diseases, finding new clues to detect climate change and the structural soundness of materials.

He will also have the pleasure of introducing the Director General of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer. ANSTO and partners in Australia are seeking to create a more strategic and sustained set of interactions with CERN. Around 8,000 scientists from across the globe participate in and benefit from CERN’s research projects.

Dr Paterson will present his talk at the Congress in Melbourne on Tuesday 7th December at 12.00pm.


For interviews with Dr Paterson please contact Becky Gollings, Media & Communications Officer ANSTO: (02) 9717 9208,
For more information on the Australian Institute of Physics Congress please contact Niall Byrne, Science in Public: 0417 131 977,