ANBUG Outstanding Science Award for 2017: Prof. Chris Ling

The ANBUG Career Award for Outstanding Science was awarded to Prof. Chris Ling, University of Sydney. The announcement was made last week the ANSTO User Meeting held last week at the National Centre for Synchrotron Science, Melbourne.

Chris’s major neutron scattering achievements have been in the area of crystallography, utilising a mixture of single crystal and powder diffraction methods. As appropriate he has supplemented these studies with inelastic neutron measurements. He makes extensive use of the neutron scattering facilities at the new OPAL research reactor.

Chris is an extremely productive researcher having published thus far over 130 papers and has a H-index of 23. Highlights of the work he has conducted within Australia include the study of the unusual spin-gap behaviours in the hexagonal perovskites Ba3BiMO9 ( M = Ru, Ir) and the study of potential cathode materials for sodium batteries.

In addition to his outstanding research, Chris has played a significant role in promoting Neutron Scattering in Australia and in the wider Asian region. In particular, he is a past president of ANBUG, he was the Chair of the very successful AOCNS meeting held in Sydney in 2015, and he is currently Secretary of AONSA – in this last role he has made a significant contribution to a number of AONSA Neutron Schools.

ANBUG Career Award for 2017: Robert Robinson

The ANBUG Career Award was awarded to Dr Robert Robinson for outstanding contributions to neutron science spanning an entire career. The announcement was made last week the ANSTO User Meeting held last week at the National Centre for Synchrotron Science, Melbourne.

Dr Robert Robinson for his leadership in building and the transformation of Australia’s Neutron Scattering facilities at the OPAL reactor over the past 15 years, into one of Australia’s most significant research centres and a leading international neutron scattering research facility. The establishment of the Bragg Institute at ANSTO as a centre of excellence for neutron scattering was, in many ways, made possible by the singular vision, commitment and collaborative spirit of Dr Robert Robinson. Dr Robinson acted as its Head from its inception in 2002, through its establishment until 2016. The Bragg Institute initially oversaw the construction and commissioned eight instruments. The Super-Science-funded Neutron Beam Expansion Project, which increased the number of instruments to 13, was conceived, developed and financed under Dr Robinson’s leadership; it was successfully completed in 2015. The establishment of the Bragg Institute, the recruitment of staff, the construction and commissioning of a suite of state-of-the-art instruments and sample environments, formation and operation of a user office, development of research policy and strategy and maintaining partnerships could only be achieved by a highly competent, strong leader who could draw the best from everyone.

ANBUG president, Ian Gentle congrulations Dr Robert Robinson on the being awarded the ANBUG Career Award for 2017.

Call for Applications for the AONSA Young Research Fellow 2018

Dear AONSA Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Call for Applications for AONSA  Young Research Fellowship (YRF) 2018. This is the fourth round of the  AONSA YRF after the very successful launching of AONSA YRF 2015, the following 2016 and 2017.

The deadline is July 31st this year.

We emphasized that “Applicants need to communicate with the contact person before submitting application form.” this year.

Please distribute this your colleagues and encourage talented young
scientists to apply for the Fellowship (These will be posted on AONSA
homepage as well). Your help to attract talented young scientists
into the Program is essential to make the AONSA YRF 2018 successful. All
your efforts for this purpose will be greatly appreciated.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Hosting
Facility Directors of J-PARC, ANSTO and HANARO for their continuing
strong support for this fellowship (which is one of major activities of AONSA and a very important investment for the future of neutron science in Asia-Oceania region.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,
Kazu Yamada

Further details are available at the AONSA website

The application form and call for applications are available using the links below:

Call for Applications for AONSA YRF 2018

Application Form_AONSA YRF2018_

9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics

The 9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics ( which will be held on 27-29 November 2017 at UNSW Australia. This is an Engineers Australia sponsored international conference organised by The National Committee on Applied Mechanics. The Congress aims to provide an international forum for researchers, industry practitioners, engineers and postgraduate scholars to promote, exchange and disseminate recent findings on contemporary and wide-ranging topics in Applied Mechanics.

The program of ACAM9 will explore several themes:
Advanced Materials and Structures
Automated Composites
Bio-mechanics, Bio/sustainable-Composites
Computational Mechanics
Dynamics and Vibration
Fibre Reinforced Composites
Fatigue, Fracture and Failure Analysis of Structures
Mechanics of Geomaterials and Concrete
Multi-functional Structures and Materials
Structural Health Monitoring and Structural Optimization

For more information and abstract submission pleases visit:

Neutron Diffraction and the Nanoscale 2017 (NanoDif 2017)

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce Neutron Diffraction and the Nanoscale 2017 (NanoDif 2017), a meeting that will be held in Daejeon (Republic of Korea), July 6-7, 2017 as a satellite of the International Conference on Neutron Scattering, ICNS 2017 to be held in Daejeon, July 9-13, 2017.

The aim of this cross-disciplinary meeting is to review and discuss the state-of-the-art in neutron diffraction at the nanoscale and to bring together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines including soft matter, materials science, and biology.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 10.

All details can be found on the conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Daejeon for an exciting meeting.

The organisers,
Chris Garvey, Sung-Min Choi, Viviana Cristiglio, Bruno Demé, Tae-Hwan Kim, Han Young Soo.