ANSTO to become Australia’s largest science infrastructure owner

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights will become Australia’s largest science infrastructure owner and manager following the announcement that it will become the official owner of the Australian Synchrotron particle accelerator.
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Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, today announced that the Australian Government has agreed to support ANSTO becoming official owner of the Australian Synchrotron, expected to occur in July.

The Australian Synchrotron is a world-class research facility that uses accelerator technology to produce a powerful source of light a million times brighter than the sun.

Located located in Clayton, Melbourne, the synchrotron opened in 2007 and about 15 per cent of all Australian science now utilises it.

Uses include medical research, environmental sciences, agriculture, minerals exploration, engineering and forensics.

Scientists at the Australian Synchrotron are also developing an experimental radiation therapy that better targets cancer cells while reducing the damage to healthy surrounding tissue.

ANSTO chief executive officer Dr Adi Paterson said the inclusion of the Australian Synchrotron will cement ANSTO’s position as custodian of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research.

“Last year the Government announced a more than half-a-billion-dollar commitment to help the Synchrotron reach its potential, and today’s announcement marks the next step forward,” Dr Paterson said.

“ANSTO is the custodian of some of Australia’s more significant and formidable science infrastructure, and the Australian Synchrotron will be the next great addition.

“It will now be better placed than it has ever been before to develop its beamline infrastructure, and commit to longer-term research.

“The Synchrotron has delivered essential resources and innovations in the fields as diverse as medicine, agriculture and manufacturing, and now will deliver even more for Australians every day.’’

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