Australia Hosts World's Largest Synchrotron Conference

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September 2009


Australia hosts world’s largest synchrotron conference

For the first time in Australia over 600 international synchrotron scientists will gather in

Melbourne to attend the 10th international conference on Synchrotron Radiation

Instrumentation (SRI09). SRI09, hosted by the Australian Synchrotron, will be held from

27 September – 2 October 2009 at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition


The Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Professor Robert Lamb, said “the benefits of

the insights gained, and collaborations forged at this conference will cascade into new

discoveries offering unique possibilities for industrial and applied research across many

fields. This is a conference about big ideas and the big science we need to achieve


To promote access to world leading international research and technology in

synchrotron science, the Victorian Government successfully bid to host this conference

at  the last  SRI  conference  held in Korea in 2003.  The Victorian and Australian

Governments are major sponsors of the conference.  The conference is supported by

the Commonwealth of Australia under the International Science Linkages program.

The Victorian Minister for Innovation, Gavin Jennings welcomed SRI09 delegates to

Melbourne. “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to promote access between

world-leading international research and technology and Victorian scientists in the

research capital of Australia”, Mr Jennings said.

Professor Ian Gentle, Head of Science at the Australian Synchrotron, said “to host

SRI09 is a great endorsement of our new facility from the international synchrotron

community. The Australian Synchrotron is the first world-class, third-generation facility in

the southern hemisphere; and the international community is keen to see what we have

to offer”.

Presentations from renowned international speakers will include a free public lecture by

Dr Paul Tafforeau, a palaeontologist from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in

France. Dr Tafforeau will reveal amazing three-dimensional images of the hidden details

of fossils at Melbourne Museum on 29 September, at 6pm. 

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