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Pushing the Boundaries of Nuclear Science

A new partnership between leading accelerator science bodies promises greater opportunities for Australian engagement on the global stage.

The Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science (ACAS) will bring together Australia’s best researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the Australian Synchrotron, the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.

Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, welcomed the collaboration, saying it would allow Australian researchers to operate at the forefront of an exciting scientific field.

“Collaboration is the engine of innovation. It fosters cutting-edge research and effective knowledge-sharing and pushes the boundaries of science,” Senator Carr said.

“Accelerator science uses advanced technology to tackle significant challenges – from looking at the birth of the universe to finding new treatments for cancer.

“A lot of exciting work is being undertaken in this field internationally. By bringing together our best minds, the ACAS will increase our participation in visionary international projects, such as  the world’s largest physics project, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).

“One celebrated by-product of CERN’s work is the World Wide Web. It is now making contributions to new medical therapies while unpicking the secrets of the Big Bang.

“The Australian Government recognises the outstanding contributions to accelerator science by the four partners in the ACAS.

“That is why we have invested $85 million into these organisations for accelerator science infrastructure, research and innovation over the past two years – and expanded access for Australian scientists from nearly every scientific discipline.

“ACAS will also establish training programs and a specialised accelerator school for graduate students to nurture the next generation of scientists. The first school will take place this December.”

A copy of the Minister's speech at the announcment is available here.

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