AMTIL will be running a tour and networking event on 22 August at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)’s campus in Lucas Heights, southern Sydney.

Formed in 1987, ANSTO is Australia’s national nuclear organisation and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. With more than 350 scientists and engineers, ANSTO’s Lucas Heights facility is home to some of Australia’s most critical scientific infrastructure including the nation’s only research reactor, a suite of neutron beam instruments, particle accelerators and cyclotrons.

ANSTO’s Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor is a state-of-the-art 20MW multi-purpose reactor that uses low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel to achieve a range of nuclear medicine, research, scientific, industrial and production goals. Opened by the Prime Minister in 2007, OPAL is one of a small number of reactors with the capacity to produce commercial quantities of radioisotopes. This capacity, combined with the open pool design, the use of LEU fuel and the wide range of applications, places OPAL amongst the best research reactors in the world.

The tour will be a journey into the sub-atomic world, exploring how – using the basic building blocks of our universe – ANSTO researchers are helping solve the big issues surrounding health, climate change and innovation for industry. A focus of the tour will be the specific instruments used for materials science that are assisting to develop better manufacturing techniques.

Date and Time: 22 August 2017, 8.00am-10.00am

Location: New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234

The tour is free for AMTIL members, with a $35 fee for non-members. Places on the tour will be limited, and strict security protocols apply. Registrants must provide accurate information at the time of booking. To register, visit: