The first National Graduate Innovation Forum will connect PhD students with industry representatives to apply scientific thinking to today’s real-world industry challenges. 


Science and Engineering PhD Students from all Australian universities are invited to join. The virtual forum will commence on 12 July 2021 and culminate in a final event on 10 November 2021.

The Graduate Innovation Forum has been developed by ANSTO,  the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) and the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) 

The projects will be undertaken remotely with students accessing their university’s facilities (when needed) and working with business mentors from ANSTO, AINSE and ACDS.

Each project will have approximately eight students working together on one of four industry challenges. 


  • devising practical solutions to reduce or eliminate galvanic corrosion arising from the use of dissimilar metals in steel (BlueScope Steel);
  • take real-world data and build a software post-processor for visualisation of a medium-speed additive manufacturing process (Romar Engineering);
  • use information resources to calculate likely radiation doses and event probabilities for different types of components or develop to continuously monitor electronic components subjected radiation (Airbus); and
  • improving the characterisation of two aspects of ceramic processing of the piezo-material lead zirconate titanate: raw ingredient milling and product sintering (Thales group).

Application Process

Students are welcome to apply for more than one project but will only be assigned to one. Once assigned to a project, students will have the opportunity to meet with their Industry partner to gain a deeper insight into their industry challenge. 

Download Industry Challenges, Application Form, and Program.

Interested students are required to complete their application form and provide their resume by 5 July 2021.

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