Our Research

World-class research. Discoveries of global significance.

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.

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Science research news

Undersold: Climate change threats much greater than reports

A new study has revealed that the language used by the global climate change watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is overly conservative.

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Research to clear the air on smoke taint in wine

Researchers are investigating whether smoke from stubble burning has any effect on wine grapes.

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From the lab bench to the clinic: Pneumonia vaccine shows commercialisation strengths

Commercialisation potential of Faculty of Sciences’ research is in the spotlight after the development of a new pneumonia vaccine.

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World rankings: veterinary science breaks into top 50

Veterinary science, taught at Roseworthy campus, is a stand-out result in a suite of impressive results in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Conservation of threatened flora species inspires street art

Scientists are helping save a threatened native plant and art is helping raise awareness about it.

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PhD research a global game changer for chicken breeding

$35K Gary Sansom Scholarship was awarded to Joshua Angove for his research on the influence of the maternal environment on how meat chickens grow.

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African origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird revealed

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa.

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Shining a light on sea snake senses

University of Adelaide marine biologists have discovered that some sea snakes contain genes in their tail skin that help them stay safe from predators.

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