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.

ANBUG awards 2017

ANBUG Awards 2017 Nomination Form

ANBUG offers awards to outstanding members of the neutron user community in the following two areas:

ANBUG Career Award – for sustained contribution to a scientific subfield, or subfields, using neutron scattering techniques.

ANBUG Neutron Award – for outstanding research in neutron science and leadership promoting the Australian neutron scattering community.

This year we would like to recognise the achievements of our users by awarding one or both of these awards and nominations are now open. Nominations should be submitted to the ANBUG Secretary ( by close of business on Friday 3rd November, 2017.

Awards will be presented at the ANSTO User Meeting. 22-24 November 2017

Travel support to attend 38th Berlin Neutron School

ANSTO and AINSE will fund two Australia-based PhD students or post-doctoral fellows to attend the 38th Berlin Neutron School to be held March 1 – 9, 2018, at the HZB campus in Berlin.  The school will comprise lectures about the production of neutrons, neutron scattering in general, the different neutron-scattering techniques, overviews of neutron science at various facilities, hands-on experimental sessions, and a students’ poster session.

If you wish to apply for one of these positions at the school and for ANSTO/AINSE travel support to attend the school, please apply directly via the school web site ( (Deadline, October 15, 2017), with an e-mail to Ashley Hill ( that you wish to be considered for the travel support.

ANSTO User Meeting 22-24 November 2017

The first ANSTO User Meeting provides a unique forum for members of the Australian Synchrotron and Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering communities, as well as users of ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science facility, to come together and showcase their cutting-edge research.

This user-led meeting is organised by members of the Australian Synchrotron User Advisory Committee (AS UAC) and the Australian Neutron Beamline Users Group (ANBUG).  Abstract submission is now open and will close 6th October.

It will be held at the National Centre for Synchrotron Science in Melbourne.

AONSA Neutron and Muon School, 16-20 November 2017, Japan

The 9th AONSA Neutron School/The 2nd Neutron and Muon School is aimed at post-graduate students and early-career researchers who are interested in, but have limited or no experience with neutron and muon beam based techniques.

The School will be held at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of J-PARC. J-PARC is one of Japan’s flagship research facilities.

The School will consist of introductory lectures on neutron and muon science and the application of neutron and muon beams in research. It will also include hands-on experience using the MLF instruments and instruction in data analysis.

More information + application form at:

ANBUG is hoping to be able to offer some travel scholarships, will be confirmed in September.

Powder Diffraction at the Australian Synchrotron and OPAL: A workshop for beginners

The powder diffraction teams from the Australian Synchrotron and OPAL are hosting a 3 day powder diffraction data analysis workshop for beginners aimed at post-graduate students and early career researchers.

Lectures and tutorials will be presented by the AS beamline team, Dr Helen Maynard-Casely (ACNS, ANSTO), Dr. Nathan Webster (CSIRO) and Dr Matthew Rowles (Curtin University)

The workshop will be held 4-6th September 2017 at the Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Rd, Clayton, Victoria.

Lectures and tutorials will be presented. A preliminary programme is available here.

If there are questions please contact the Workshop Team at this email address:


Student Scholarships ICNS Korea

AINSE has travel scholarships available for a number of students attending ICSN in Korea.

Please email details below to Tracy Rushmer ( and Katy Wood ( to apply. 

Details to be provided: Name, Affiliation, Title & Abstract of Presentation (oral or poster).

Successful applications will receive evidence of financial support from AINSE, and a refund can then be arranged via the University.


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_