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.
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Science research news
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.Read more about African origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird revealed
University of Adelaide marine biologists have discovered that some sea snakes contain genes in their tail skin that help them stay safe from predators.Read more about Shining a light on sea snake senses
It’s a unique way to escape the heat. Physics graduate Tom Chambers spent his summer exploring clouds in Antarctica.Read more about cool stories from a physics graduate
Cameras recently captured a malleefowl chick scratching about in the dirt in a wildlife refuge on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula.Read more about Eyre Peninsula malleefowl chick discovery excites ecologists
DNA from prehistoric penguin bones analysed by University of Adelaide scientists, have contributed to new findings about the evolution of these aquatic flightless birds.Read more about Researchers link penguin evolution to island formation
A vaccine against the biggest bacterial killer on the planet is a step closer to being available with funding secured for preclinical trials.Read more about New pneumonia vaccine could save two million lives per year
A new industry partner at Waite campus is set to boost research and innovation in South Australia’s horticulture and agri-food sectors.Read more about Plant & Food Research boost at Waite campus
Australians are outraged when animal abuse punishments are seen to be inadequate.Read more about Penalties for animal cruelty double in SA, but is this enough to stop animal abuse?
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.Read more about Palaeontologist identifies ‘mystery photographer’ of the Naracoorte Caves
South Australian scientists including a bee expert from the University of Adelaide, have discovered 26 new species of native Australian bees.Read more about Scientists buzzing after new bee discoveries