Joseph Bevitt completed his undergraduate studies and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He is currently responsible for leading and managing ANSTO’s Research Office, incorporating the User Office, Grants Office and Knowledge Centre (Australia’s nuclear library). These functions support the international user programs of the OPAL research reactor, Centre for Accelerator Science, Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, cyclotron facility and the Australian Synchrotron.
He is Deputy President of the International Society for Neutron Radiology and has an appointment with the Dinosaur Evolution Research centre at Jilin University, China.
Whilst devoting most of his time managing access to nuclear facilities and providing strategic advice to researchers, Joseph maintains active collaborations with museums and universities to pioneer the use of ANSTO’s neutron imaging and tomography instrument “Dingo” in the areas of medicine, palaeontology, archaeology and cultural heritage.
Joseph’s interests span fundamental research in boron-neutron capture therapy, the digital excavation of fossilised dinosaur and plant remains, the study of medical practice in ancient times and elucidation of manufacturing methods in ancient cultures. Joseph has been inspired by the emerging applications of neutron imaging in Australia and its complementarity with traditional lab- and hospital-based imaging technologies and is actively engaged in the promotion of nuclear science through art.