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Roadshow Spreads the Word on World-class Research Infrastructure

11 August 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The AMMRF has recently participated in two successful roadshows to spread the word on the national characterisation capabilities available to researchers throughout Australia.

Many of the techniques required for advanced characterisation rely on sophisticated infrastructure, instrumentation and expertise, much of which is found at the four national characterisation facilities. These being the

These four facilities have been working together at the National Characterisation Roadshows in Perth and Adelaide to inform the states' researchers of exactly what is available to them. An intensive afternoon of seminars and discussion sessions in each location enabled researchers to incorporate the most appropriate techniques into their future research strategies.

Whether they want to characterise cells or steel, molecules or brain function, fuel cells or soils, they discovered how the facilities can open the door to the advanced equipment and expert knowledge available to them around the country.

The collaborative nature of the facilities is an innovative and strategic approach to supporting and enabling world-class research and innovation in Australia. It provides maximum access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure that may not otherwise be available in this country. It is vital that researchers are fully informed as to what is accessible to them here in Australia if we are to maximise the efficiency and quality of our research.

More information can be found at

The AMMRF is Australia’s peak research facility for the characterisation of materials by means of advanced microscopy and microanalysis, providing capability and services to all areas of the physical, environmental and biological sciences, to engineering, to medicine and to technology development.

Established under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the AMMRF is a truly national research facility with nodes at the University of Sydney (which also serves as the national headquarters), the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, Australian National University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia. The facility is funded by the Commonwealth Government through NCRIS and the State Governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The facility unites microscopy and microanalysis centres at these universities into a national collaborative grid of laboratories, unified in terms of both equipment and research expertise. The AMMRF provides new, state-of-the-art instruments to researchers from Australia on a merit basis at nominal rates.

Contact: Dr Jenny Whiting, AMMRF Marketing & Business Development Manager, ph. 02 9114 0566.


Prof. David Sampson, Director of the AMMRF node at the University of Western Australia, presenting at the National Characterisation Roadshow at Curtin Technology Park on 4 August 2009.