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Nuclear Forensics Supporting Nuclear Security

David Hill, ANSTO
1 pm, Thursday 23 October 2014
AINSE Theatre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights, NSW

What is Nuclear Forensics and how has ANSTO contributed to its development and implementation. ANSTO supports Australia's nuclear security needs by providing trusted advice to government, supplying technical expertise and operational support and undertaking scientific research over the past 15 years ANSTO's has developed a nuclear forensics capability, facilitated training and technology transfer to law enforcement agencies, supported operations, become an international leader in the nuclear forensics discipline and provided advice and analytical services to government and partner agencies. This presentation will outline ANSTO's progress, some current work, and possible future activities in nuclear forensics.

About David Hill
Mr David Hill is Manager, Nuclear Security Science at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). He is responsible for the promotion of ANSTO’s capability in the fields of National Security, Nuclear Forensics and related sciences. His current role advances previous work as ANSTO’s National Security Research Program Leader focused on building world class capabilities in radiation detection, environmental monitoring for nuclear safeguards, nuclear forensic research and providing research support and services for the IAEA Australian emergency services, border security and law enforcement agencies. He is the current chair of the Nuclear Forensics Working Group for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.

David graduated from the University of NSW with a BSc and has over 35 years’ experience in analytical chemistry. He was initially employed by ESSO, where he worked in the Exploration Division Palaeontology and Geochemistry laboratories before moving to Petroleum Products in various quality assurance positions becoming Chief Chemist Australia in 1986. He joined ANSTO in 1988 as Laboratory Manager for the Environmental Chemical Analytical Laboratory and managed the ANSTO Institute of Environmental Research Inorganic, Radiochemistry and Tritium Analytical laboratories. In 2002 he was invited to join Standards Australia, and currently serves as Chair of the spectroscopy committee.

ANA 2014 Award to Dr Rob Robinson

As announced at the ANA AGM, the recipient of the ANA 2014 Award is Dr Rob Robinson in recognition of his contribution to the establishment of the Bragg Institute as a world class facility for using neutrons and X-rays for research and industry. His commitment to developing instrumentation on the OPAL neutron beams has been a major factor in acceptance of the OPAL reactor as an important science facility in Australia.

Dr Robinson will be presented with the Award at the ANA Annual Lunch on Friday 5 December in Sutherland NSW. Please advise ANA if you would like to receive the flyer for the lunch when it is distributed.

ANA Half-day Symposium on Nuclear Power Technology at UNSW

The ANA is hosting a Half-day Symposium on "Nuclear Power Technology" at 2-5 pm on Wednesday 15 Oct 2014 in Room G3, Building G17, School of Electrical Engineering, UNSW. For more information and registration please see the flyer

This topical half-day symposium will provide updates on important issues facing consideration of nuclear power as a viable option in Australia's energy future. This symposium is of interest to engineering students in the UNSW Faculty of Engineering, ANA members and others interested in nuclear engineering and broader nuclear issues.

ANA Annual General Meeting 28 Aug 2014

The ANA AGM was held at 12.30 pm on August 2014 with 15 members present.

The officers and committee members of the ANA for 2014/2015 are:

      President Mr Rob Parker
      Vice-President Dr Therese Donlevy
      Secretary & Public Officer Dr John Harries
      Treasurer Dr Kapila Fernando
      Committee Members Dr Peter Airey
Dr Don Higson
Mr Mark Ho
Dr Neil McDonald

ANA Statement on Nuclear Power

The ANA Committee has prepared an updated Statement on Nuclear Power. This Statement provides background to the ANA's previously expressed support of the use of nuclear power for Australia and our nation's involvement in all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle.

WiN Global Annual Conference 20-25 Oct 2014

Women in Nuclear (WiN) Australia is hosting the 22nd WiN Global Annual Conference (WiN 2014) in Sydney on 20-25 October 2014. Please register on the WiN Australia website

The WiN Conference represents the premier international networking and technical event for the WiN organisation, which is now active in 105 countries and has around 25,000 men and women interspersed between the various Global, National and organisational Chapters. Participants are confirmed from over 30 countries, including China, USA, South Africa, UK, Japan, South Korea, UAE, as well as Taiwan, WNA and the IAEA.

The keynote speakers opening the conference include Dr Ma Lu, Senior Vice Presidebt of SNPTC (China), Dr Erica Smyth, Chair of Toro Energy Ltd and Deputy Chair of ANSTO, Dr Irene Aegerter, Vice President of the Swiss Academy of Chair of ANSTO, Technological Sciences and over sixty abstracts have been submitted to date by our international colleagues.

This Conference represents a unique chance for all Australians interested in nuclear and radiation science and technology to network with an outstanding array of international nuclear colleagues in Australia.

Registrations close on the 3 October 2014

Last Updated 26 Sept 2014