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
- 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
University of Adelaide and TERN researchers have partnered with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) to standardise both environmental monitoring and data systems for improved decision-making.Read more about New standards to assist conservation and decision-making
University of Adelaide scientists have created a DNA fingerprint map to link teak timber back to its plantation of origin and help reduce the $40 billion illicit trade of timber in the Asia Pacific region.Read more about DNA tracking of timber to increase forest sustainability and integrity
New projects will contribute to investigating the feasibility of deep space exploration to destinations such as Mars.Read more about Scientists on a mission from moon to mars
Six dogs have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19.Read more about COVID detector dogs start trials at Adelaide Airport
With almost a third of arable land classified as degraded, what can we do to reverse the rapid pace of degradation and can we do it in a way that benefits us?
Scientists are partnering with the CSIRO and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions to fine new solutions to control mice populations.
Dogs are being trained to detect COVID-19. And it turns out they’re pretty good at it.
Meet the sensitive new age sea snakes that use touch receptors to help them locate and court females.
Scientists have used more than two decades of satellite-derived environmental data to suggest the possible foraging habitats of pre-contact Aboriginal peoples living in the Western Desert.
New technologies to play vital role in discovering and documenting all unknown Australian species by 2050.