Virtual resources available

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot offer school excursions to the Synchrotron. But we can provide datasets and virtual resources for Term 3 and Term 4 2020. Please contact our office for more information.

The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton is a world-class science facility that supports a broad range of high-quality research across medicine, nanotechnology, manufacturing and mineral exploration.

Amongst many of its benefits is that it can produce a powerful source of light a million times brighter than the sun. 

The facility also offers specialised science education programs for secondary school students, teachers and the public. These run in partnership with Swinburne and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)  

Two students on a synchrotron school tour.

Key programs

Australian Synchrotron Open Day 2017

Synchrotron Open Day 2017

VCE Lab sessions

The Australian Synchrotron runs specialised ANSTO VCE Lab Sessions for Year 11 and 12 VCE students. These sessions are the only hands-on experience in Australia that allow students to comprehensively explore key syllabus concepts such as interaction of light and energy, nuclear physics and radioactivity. 

  • 9.30am – 2pm (or as arranged with individual schools)
  • $400 plus GST for groups up to 13 students. $30 plus GST per student for groups over 12 students.
  • Maximum of 24 students per session.
  • For groups less than 13 students we will try to combine your class with another group to reduce the per student costs (unless otherwise requested).
  • Sessions include also a tour of the Australian Synchrotron
  • VCE Physics Unit 2 / Area of Study 2 / Option 2.8: How Do Particle Accelerators Work?
  • VCE Physics Unit 4 / Area of Study 1: How Can Waves Explain the Behaviour of Light?
  • VCE Physics Unit 4 / Area of Study 2: How Are Light and Matter Similar?
  • VCE Physics Unit 2 / Area of Study 2 / Option 2.8: How Do Particle Accelerators Work?

Make your booking

To book your school tour, please complete the form below.

Note: This form collects data using a third-party provider (Airtable) and you consent to this by completing the form. The data we collect is treated in accordance with Swinburne's Privacy Statement. Please be aware that the form below may take a few seconds to load. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (Ph: 03 9210 1969). You can unsubscribe at any time.

School tours

Get your students talking about atoms, light refractions and vacuum centres! The Australian Synchrotron hosts school tours with the aim to enhance students’ understanding of nuclear science and technology. These run Monday to Friday during the school term.   

  • 9.30am – 11am (or as arranged with individual schools)
  • $225 (plus GST) for groups up to 14 students. $15 (plus GST) per student for groups over 14 students.
  • Maximum of 24 students per session.
  • For groups less than 15, we will try to combine your class with another group to reduce the per student costs (unless otherwise requested).

For more information please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (Ph: 03 9210 1969).

Make your booking

To book your school tour, please complete the form below.

Note: This form collects data using a third-party provider (Airtable) and you consent to this by completing the form. The data we collect is treated in accordance with Swinburne's Privacy Statement. Please be aware that the form below may take a few seconds to load. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (Ph: 03 9210 1969). You can unsubscribe at any time.

Public tours

Missed the open day? Don’t worry, guided 90-minute public tours of the Australian Synchrotron are available throughout the year. Upcoming dates, times and booking details are available here.

Note: Participants must be a minimum of 12 years old. Students under 16 years of age must complete the ANTSO Directors Permission form and email it to ansto@swinburne.edu.au.

  • The following terms and conditions apply to all Australian Synchrotron tours and lab sessions.
  • A minimum charge per class applies for each program.
  • Names of participants need to be submitted no less than one week prior to your attendance (please download visitor list spreadsheet on this page).
  • Names of participants under the age of 16 years old also need to be highlighted.
  • Confirmation of the number of students attending a program is required 24 hours prior to your visit, with an updated list of participants. The final number confirmed will determine the cost of the program.
  • Unless requested earlier, a tax invoice will be sent to you following your visit for payment within 14 days.
  • If your school cancels a booking providing at least 24 hours notice, an invoice for $50.00 to cover administration fees will be payable.
  • If your school requests to reschedule a booking providing at least 24 hours notice, we will reschedule free of charge.
  • If your school cancels a booking within 24 hours of the visit, or for non-attendance, an invoice for the confirmed number of students will be payable.
  • If a program is cancelled by ANSTO, the Australian Synchrotron or PrimeSCI due to circumstances beyond our control, the program may be rescheduled at a discounted fee to another date or time, or a full refund will be issued.

ANSTO Safe Work Method and Environmental Statement [PDF 630KB]

Australian Synchrotron visitor safety information [PDF 213KB]

Visitor list Australian Synchrotron [XLSX 20KB]

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Note: This form collects data using a third-party provider (Airtable) and you consent to this by completing the form. The data we collect is treated in accordance with Swinburne's Privacy Statement. Please be aware that the form below may take a few seconds to load. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (Ph: 03 9210 1969). You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Keep up to date with the latest news and upcoming programs by subscribing to our mailing lists. 

Note: This form collects data using a third-party provider (Airtable) and you consent to this by completing the form. The data we collect is treated in accordance with Swinburne's Privacy Statement. Please be aware that the form below may take a few seconds to load. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (Ph: 03 9210 1969). You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Let us know about your experience with our school programs.

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Have any questions?

Contact us via our email on ansto@swinburne.edu.au or call us on +61 3 9210 1969  to find out more about our education programs at the Australian Synchrotron.

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