Update from the ANSTO user office – 20 May – COVID19 situation

The information below is taken the email from the ANSTO User Office on 20 May 2020:

As we prepare to recommence our user program, we will complete planned maintenance and infrastructure will be brought back to a state of operational readiness. We do not expect to resume operations at full capacity during this phase.

Our commitment is to

·        Address first those approved experiments/projects postponed from the 2020-1 round due to COVID-19 measures. We will contact the impacted users soon to discuss restarting these experiments;  

·        Consider mail-in of samples, where possible, subject to agreement with Research Infrastructure contacts;

·        Progressively allow users on site, from local/state, national and international institutions depending on Government and respective institutional travel advice, and ANSTO risk assessments;

·        Award proposals under the 2020-2 (Lucas Heights) or 2020/2 (Clayton) rounds contingent on when user operations resume; and

·        Reopen new proposal submissions once back-log is addressed and normal operations re-established.

ANSTO VIC (Australian Synchrotron) will recommence regular user operations from June, following the principles outlined above.  As Government restrictions ease, ANSTO NSW will assess the risk of resuming a reduced level of user program that will permit the presence of users on site.

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