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

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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Chasing clouds in Antarctica: cool stories from a physics graduate

It’s a unique way to escape the heat. Physics graduate Tom Chambers spent his summer exploring clouds in Antarctica.

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Eyre Peninsula malleefowl chick discovery excites ecologists

Cameras recently captured a malleefowl chick scratching about in the dirt in a wildlife refuge on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula.

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Researchers link penguin evolution to island formation

DNA from prehistoric penguin bones analysed by University of Adelaide scientists, have contributed to new findings about the evolution of these aquatic flightless birds.

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New pneumonia vaccine could save two million lives per year

A vaccine against the biggest bacterial killer on the planet is a step closer to being available with funding secured for preclinical trials.

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Plant & Food Research boost at Waite campus

A new industry partner at Waite campus is set to boost research and innovation in South Australia’s horticulture and agri-food sectors.

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Palaeontologist identifies ‘mystery photographer’ of the Naracoorte Caves

Scientists emphasise the importance of historical writing in caves, after proving the identity of the first person to photograph Australian caves more than 150 years ago.

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Scientists buzzing after new bee discoveries

South Australian scientists including a bee expert from the University of Adelaide, have discovered 26 new species of native Australian bees.

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