Australian Innovation

Turning Bright Ideas into Brilliant Outcomes

As part of National Science Week in Melbourne, the Australian Synchrotron opened its doors to the public on Sunday 15 August. The light created at the Australian Synchrotron is about a million times brighter than the sun. This brilliant light can be used to assemble tiny machines that would fit into the eye of a needle, to improve cancer detection, to develop new drugs to fight malaria and to improve mining processes. From human cells to paintings and fossils the work done at the Australian Synchrotron is helping to build a brighter future for all Australians.

Since officially opening our doors in July 2007, the Australian Synchrotron has hosted thousands of visitors, scientific and otherwise. These have included around 2000 individual users from research groups using the synchrotron’s state-of-the-art beamlines to further their research objectives, and hundreds more potential users we hope to see using the facility soon.

Synchrotron science enables users to study the structure and properties of materials at unprecedented levels of detail. Synchrotron technologies surpass conventional methods and help drive innovation across many areas of pure and applied research and industrial development.

Enhanced access to synchrotron technologies is helping Australian scientific and industrial researchers to achieve and retain positions at the forefront of their fields, boosting Australia’s reputation in world scientific circles, enabling a stronger national contribution to the international development of advanced research capabilities and techniques, and attracting experts from around the globe to live and work in Australia.

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