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Strong foreign collaborations with overseas counterparts and nuclear-focused multinational organisations assist leverage Australia’s atomic research capacities, ensuring that we continue to provide best practice, cutting edge study, and effective knowledge sharing.

Nuclear science is the study of the atomic nuclei and their application, such as in nuclear power plants, atomic radiation and theory.
The NEA atomic science programme is designed and executed by the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), comprising high-level scientific experts from all NEA member countries. Asecretarial support to the NSC is supplied from the Division of Atomic Science.
Help advance the existing scientific knowledge required to improve the operation and security of present nuclear systemscontribute to building a solid scientific and technical foundation for the growth of future-generation nuclear systemsencourage the preservation of essential knowledge in the field of nuclear science.

ANSTO scientists explore subjects as varied as materials, life sciences, climate variability, mining, and engineering.
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The NEA’s objectives in this field are to:
The NSC maintains close co-operation together with the NEA Data Bank, because of the mutual advantage obtained between the programme of work of the Data Bank and the sort of actions pursued within the atomic science programme.
What is atomic science?

Atomic science is the analysis of the nuclear world. Atoms are the basic constituents of everything around usand we ourselves are completely written of them.

Nuclear science is essential to understanding our universe, our world, and ourselves at the nuclear level. If we are able to understand how atoms come together, socialize, and may be best combined with other molecules, then new, more efficient substances and medications can be developed.
ANSTO’s research capabilities, empowered by the OPAL multipurpose reactor and related technology, include neutron and X-ray diffraction instruments, particle accelerators, and radiopharmaceutical labs. Although these can be retrieved through peer reviewed, collaborative and industrial arrangements, ANSTO can also help potential users by identifying nuclear-based methods that meet their search needs.
In atomic science, identification, collation, development and dissemination of basic scientific and technical knowledge is required to ensure safe, dependable and economic operation of current nuclear systems and to develop next-generation technologies.

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