The Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association is an affiliation of neutron scattering societies and committees directly representing users in the Asia-Oceania Region. The overriding purposes of the Association are to provide a platform for discussion and a focus for action in neutron scattering and related topics in the Asia-Oceania Region.

Below is an interactive map of the AONSA members and observers. Click a country to view the list of facilities and societies.

AONSA Newsletter February 2021 released!

The AONSA newsletter has the latest news from around the region, with updates from facilities and user groups. The February 2021 edition is now available for download here:

AONSA Newsletter February 2021 Volume 12

It includes research highlights from the community, and announcement of the AONSA prize and Young Research Fellowship.

In the February 2021 edition, one of the highlights pictured in the Figure for this post, discusses the effect of long-term neutron irradiation on graphite, with work performed at the National Facility for Neutron Research, and is published In Phys Rev B, 102, 064103 (2020).

The AONSA Prize 2021 awarded to Prof Robert A. Robinson

The Selection Committee (SC) for the AONSA Prize 2021 received multiple nominees by the nomination deadline (August 31, 2020), and intensively reviewed them for a few months.  All of the nominees made significant contributions to the field of neutron scattering in the Asia-Oceania region and are highly qualified, reflecting the quality of neutron science in the region.  Finally, the SC unanimously nominated Professor Robert A. Robinson as the recipient at the 25th Executive Committee Meeting, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic on November 28, 2020, and there, the SC’s nomination was officially approved.  The recipient will be awarded a certificate, a medal and a monetary prize (US$5,000) at the Prize Ceremony to be held during the International Conference on Neutron Scattering, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Citation:For his outstanding achievements in understanding magnetism of actinide and heavy-fermion materials using neutron scattering, seminal contributions in building the world-leading neutron facility in Australia, and continuous dedication for the promotion of neutron science in the Asia-Oceania region.”

Prof. Dr Robert A. Robinson received his Ph. D from Cambridge University, working with Prof. G. L. Squires.  Then, he joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 1982 as a postdoctoral research fellow.  He was then promoted to a technical staff member at LANL in 1985 and stayed there until he moved to Australia in 1999, where he was appointed to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to lead the Neutron Scattering and Synchrotron Radiation Group.  Prof. Robinson established the Bragg Institute at ANSTO in 2002, serving as Head until he retired in 2016.

Robert A. Robinson

Retired from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Present address: Institute of Quantum Beam Science, Ibaraki University,


School of Physics, University of Wollongong

Early in his career, Prof. Robinson accomplished a number of seminal works in the field of condensed matter physics.  They included the celebrated discovery of quantum critical E/T scaling in the non-Fermi-liquid compound UCu5-xPdx, and a detailed quantitative determination of the interacting Hamiltonian in the Mn12-acetate, a very fundamental contribution which elucidated the quantum tunneling of magnetization in the molecular magnet.  These highly influential achievements granted Prof. Robinson an international reputation as an outstanding neutron scientist, and he was selected to lead the effort to establish a world-class neutron facility in Australia.

As a facility director, Prof. Robinson showed unparalleled accomplishments, establishing a state-of-the-art neutron facility in Australia to replace the smaller, aging facility at the old HIFAR reactor.  This has the byproduct of introducing many new advanced neutron techniques (e.g. polarized neutrons, high-resolution backscattering neutron spectroscopy).  To do this, he recruited, hired, mentored and led a cadre of talented young scientists, who now lead neutron science not only in the Asia-Oceania region but also worldwide. This development of young talent within ANSTO is definitely beneficial to the neutron community in Australia, as well as in the Asia-Oceania region.  He revitalized the Australian Neutron Beam Users Group and brought the International Conference on Neutron Scattering to Sydney in 2005.  Prof. Robinson was a founding partner in the formation of the Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA) and was an inaugural chair of its Facility Directors’ Meeting (FDM).  Prof. Robinson has worked tirelessly to develop the neutron scattering community in the Asia-Oceania region and has turned it into the very fruitful and exciting community which we enjoy now.

For his seminal achievement in neutron science, he received the following awards:

Fellowship of American Physical Society (1998), Fellowship of Australian Institute of Physics (2003), Australian Nuclear Association Award (2014), Australian Neutron Beam Users Group Career Award (2017)

Taku J Sato

Vice President of AONSA

Announcement of AONSA Young Research Fellowships for 2021

Announcement on behalf of Taku J SatoVice President of AONSA

The AONSA Young Research Fellowship Program, which was established in early 2014, is designed to support highly talented young scientists with leadership potential in the Asia-Oceania region, helping them to develop their careers and expertise in neutron science and technology.  All applications were received by the submission deadline (August 31, 2020), and intensively reviewed by the Selection Committee (SC) for the AONSA Young Research Fellowship (YRF) 2021 awards.

The final selections were made by the SC in consultation with three hosting neutron Facilities and officially approved at the 25th AONSA Executive Committee Meeting on November 28, 2020, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is AONSA’s great pleasure to announce that three highly talented young scientists have been selected as the winner of the AONSA YRF 2021, who will visit major neutron Facilities in the Asia-Oceania region for collaborative research using neutrons in 2021.  The AONSA YRFs’ round-trip airfare will be supported by AONSA, and their local living expense during their Fellowship visits will be supported by their hosting Facilities.

Awardee: Dr. Teng Lu

Qualification: PhD Research School of Chemistry, The Australian National University (Australia) (2018)

Current affiliation: The Australian National University

Hosting Facility: J-PARC

Title of Research Proposal: The order-disorder feature and lattice dynamics in silver niobate-based materials

Awardee: Dr. Indri Badria Adilina

Qualification: PhD Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Chiba University (Japan) (2013)

Current affiliation: Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI)

Hosting Facility: ANSTO

Title of Research Proposal: Neutron scattering studies of the nanoparticle-protein interaction on modified geothermal silica

Awardee: Dr. Rezwanul Haque

Qualification: PhD Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) (2014)

Hosting Facility: CSNS

Current affiliation: University of the Sunshine Coast

Title of Research Proposal: Exploring the mechanical properties of Pb-free SAC-305 solder with Bi additions

Statement on diversity and equity

At the executive meeting (11/2019), the AONSA executive committee approved the following statement.

• AONSA strives to achieve gender balance in all its institutions and activities bearing in mind other cultural diversity needs and its existing obligations to geographic and academic discipline representation where appropriate.

• AONSA award committees will have both male and female representation.

• AONSA will ensure reasonable representation of the AOCNS organizing committee will be female and that plenary, keynote and invited speakers together with session chairs will include females.

• Those seeking support from AONSA for, meetings, workshops and schools will have to demonstrate their efforts to address gender balance including targets for gender equality

For AONSA to achieve these targets it is necessary for each of the member societies to reflect on the diversity of their membership and to proactively target early career researchers to address gender balance.

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