The Faculty of Sciences is a synergy of four research intensive schools; thriving research centres and groups; and strong cross-institutional collaborations.
Our world-renowned scientists are critical thinkers and experts in their fields. Our researchers link with experts in industry, government and international institutions to solve real-world problems. They are driven by a passion to find answers, and to discover new ways to make our world a smarter, safer and a more sustainable place.
From understanding disease and tackling environmental challenges, to advancing technology and mapping distant galaxies; our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research.
Our campuses are home to a number of co-located industry partners, affiliated researchers and research institutes of international significance. This close proximity offers a unique opportunity for our students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge through dynamic national and international research projects.
Join us, as we make (gravitational) waves through the world of science.
Discoveries of global significance.
Research institutes, centres and departments
Sciences research in focus
- Environment Institute
- Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources - IMER
- Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing IPAS
- Waite Research Institute
ARC Centres of Excellence (COE)
- ARC CoE for Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) - Adelaide node
- ARC CoE for Dark Matter Particle Physics
- ARC CoE for Particle Physics at the Terascale - CoEPP
- ARC CoE in Gravitational Wave Discovery - OzGrav
- ARC CoE in Plant Energy Biology
Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) and collaborations
- Australasian Pork Research Institute
- CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies
- CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
- South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub - SA Drought Hub
- Acid Sulfate Soils Centre
- ARC Training Centre in Innovative Wine Production
- Australia-China Joint Research Centre on Grains for Health
- Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre
- Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
- Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology - ACARE
- Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity - ACEBB
- Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre
- Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and The Plant Accelerator®
- Centre for Energy Technology
- Fertiliser Technology Research Centre
- JS Davies Livestock Research Centre
- Mawson Geo Centre
- Research Centre for Infectious Diseases - RCID
- Special Research Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter - CSSM
- Sprigg Geobiology Centre
- TERN Ecosystem Monitoring
- Water Research Centre
- Department of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience
- Department of Companion Animal Health
- Department of Equine Health
- Department of Animal Production and Health
- Department of Pathobiology, Infectious Disease and Public Health
- Veterinary Health Centres
- Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Earth Sciences
- Department of Physics
Research facilities and services
Our research facilities use advanced technology to provide training, expertise and support to research activities within the Faculty of Sciences, our schools and the University.
Types of research facilities
Faculty and school research facilities
- Adelaide Glycomics
- Adelaide Spectroscopy
- Adelaide Proteomics Centre - APC
- Advanced DNA, Identification and Forensic Facility - ADIFF
- Coobowie Marine Research Station
- Evidence Synthesis Initiative for Animal and Veterinary Sciences - ESIAVS
- Flinders-Baudin Centre, Kangaroo Island
- Koonamore Vegetation Reserve
- Mawson Analytical Spectrometry Services
- Biotechnology and Fermentation Facility
- Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility - URAF
- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
University research facilities
NCRIS-funded research facilities
Research degrees and careers
Latest research news
Scientists have highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.Read more about The illegal wildlife trade has bigger ramifications than you might think
University of Adelaide scientists will develop computer vision and machine-learning techniques to examine the fossil evidence of the Ediacara Biota – the earliest evidence of complex life.Read more about Examining Earth’s oldest complex fossils using AI
Delve into the science behind ancient DNA – what exactly is it, and how easy is it to extract from remains?Read more about Can we extract ancient DNA from dinosaurs?
Scientists have teamed up with Adelaide Hills growers to improve cross-pollination in netted apple orchards.Read more about Pollen home delivery sweet for honey bees
The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five-fold after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research.
New research on the trade of exotic animals explores the public health risks and the impact on animal populations and forest ecosystems.
An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new catalyst for urea reactions.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide in partnership with InterpreData and DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies, Singapore, have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program to develop scientific origin verification tools for global timber supply chains.
Researchers on the hunt for why cold eclogites mysteriously disappeared from geological records during the early stages of the Earth’s development may have found the answer, and with it clues that could help locate critical minerals today.
In the sheep meat industry, the amount of intramuscular fat is a key indicator of eating quality, but can be particularly difficult to measure in lamb carcases, which are not individually graded.. until now.