Long-term synchrotron user Michael Parker from St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

Beamtime submissions for round 2012/2 (May-August 2012) open on 13 December 2011.

A very big thank you to everyone involved in our Open Day, including staff, volunteers and visitors. The event attracted around 3000 visitors, who enjoyed live radio broadcasts, introductory presentations, children’s activities and in-depth tours – and asked lots of great questions.

Thank you to everyone who entered the October-November 2011 photo competition.

Click here to see the winning photos on the website.

A new round of the competition is underway with a deadline of Friday 16 March 2012. Click here to submit your photo.

Held this year at the Sebel Albert Park in Melbourne on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December, this annual event provides information about our facilities and enables members of our user community to showcase their research and network with some of the best scientists in Australia. The AS user community comprises more than 3000 registered users with expertise across all areas of the physical and biological sciences, technology and industry. http://usermeeting.synchrotron.org.au/

The winners of the 2011 Australian Synchrotron Thesis Medal are Dr Kaye Morgan and Dr Corey Putkunz, who completed their PhD studies at Monash University and La Trobe University respectively.

The Australian Synchrotron consistently averages over 98 percent beam availability (ratio of delivered beamtime compared to scheduled beamtime) and recently achieved its highest ever: 99.1 percent.

A recent synchrotron meeting in Western Australia attracted more than 100 participants ranging from new students to experienced researchers from UWA, Curtin, Edith Cowan University, the state government departments of health and commerce, CSIRO, iVec and Alcoa.

Conceptual design reports being developed from material supplied by beamline scoping groups will help provide the detailed technical information required to further assess proposals for new beamlines.

In November 2011, the Monash Bionic Vision team visited the Australian Synchrotron to discuss ways that the team can incorporate synchrotron science into future research.