First announcement

3rd Heavy Ion Accelerator Symposium for Fundamental and Applied Research

30 June – 2 July 2014

Heavy Ion Accelerator Workshop

2–3 July 2014

Canberra, Australia

The Symposium aims to bring together experts and to foster the community using accelerated ion beams and developing state-of-the-art instrumentation. It will also provide a forum to build cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary links.

A particular focus is undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students and researchers who use, or may be interested in using, accelerated ion beams in fundamental and applied research.

The program will include overview talks for a wide audience, and contributed presentations. It will focus on

  • Applications of isotopes in environmental processes, geology and resource management; tracking and tracing in process streams
  • Ionising radiation in Medical Science
  • Accelerator Mass Spectrometry studies in archaeology, astrophysics, nuclear physics and biomedical applications
  • Accelerator applications in Materials Science


A workshop on current and future accelerator applications will follow on directly from the conference from 2–3 July 2014. The workshop will include practical experience with the 14UD and RBS accelerators, detectors and analysis software, and is aimed at undergraduate and graduate level. Numbers will be limited. The cost for participation in the workshop will be AUD$500, with students of AINSE member institutions eligible for a full fee waiver.


The Symposium will be held on the Australian National University campus, Canberra. The weather in June in Canberra is usually excellent.

Starting and finishing times

It is intended that the Symposium program will commence at 11 am on 30 June, and finish and finish at 1 pm on 2 July, with the workshop following on directly after the symposium.


The deadline for contributed abstracts is 3 April 2014. The aim is that most abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.


The registration deadline is 6 June 2013. A charge of AUD$350 will cover the coffee breaks, lunches, symposium bonfire barbeque dinner (30 June), book of abstracts, and refereed web proceedings. Registration will open on the 4 March 2014, with details on the conference webpage and in future circulars.


A block booking of accommodation for the period 30 June - 2 July has been made at Burton and Garran Hall on the ANU campus for student attendees. Costs per night are AUD$60, with breakfast packages available for a small additional fee. This accommodation is limited and will be allocated in order of registration. The conference webpage provides information on other accommodation options nearby that attendees will be able to book themselves.

Financial support for student attendees

Limited financial support for student attendees submitting an abstract may be available, please contact the student sponsorship officer.

Students of AINSE member institutions will be eligible for

  • free registration for the HIAS symposium
  • a fee waiver for attendance at the workshop
  • free accommodation on campus at Burton & Garran Hall for the period 30 June to 2 July
  • a subsidy of up to AUD$200 to assist with travel costs, dependent on the actual costs.

The number of supported student places is not unlimited. Student support will be allocated in order of application receipt, by the date indicated on the Important dates page.

Scientific program

The program will consist of morning overview talks aimed at a wider audience, and short contributed presentations in the afternoons. These will include student talks, which should be aimed at a broad audience. These student talks are a key focus of the symposium, with prizes for the best talks in different categories.


Refereed proceedings of all oral presentations will be published through EPJ Web of Conferences, and will be accessible for free download. This is indexed by ISI Thomson and Scopus, in the conference proceedings category.


The Symposium is organized by the Department of Nuclear Physics, ANU.


The symposium acknowledges in-kind support from the ANU, and generous financial support for student attendance from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE).

Industry sponsorship and attendance is welcome. We offer the opportunity to provide information sheets which will be included in the book of abstracts, and to set up an information stand at the location of the lunches and symposium barbeque dinner.


For further details, please contact us at

Updated:  6 December 2013/ Responsible Officer:  HIAS Coordinator/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster