There are relatively few examples of investment in landmark research infrastructure in Australia. The initial investment and ongoing support for the Australian Synchrotron has therefore been one of the most significant investments in scientific infrastructure in the nations’ history. Operational since 2007, the Australian Synchrotron has in the last decade supported more than 35,000 users. An important test of the value of outcomes from the facility was recently passed with the Commonwealth Government decision in late 2015 to guarantee operational funding to ANSTO for the facility the next decade.
In this session, Professor Peele will speak about:
- The return on investment from the facility and its impact on renewed funding
- Strategies to gain external funding and the impact of funding on research and resources
- The initial cost of investment and methods to achieving the first step
- Designing the facility infrastructure for the synchrotron - what are the challenges?