SA hosts an active and world-class research community, featuring universities, institutes and other organisations
The University of South Australia
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an interdisciplinary research powerhouse, with 97% of research ranked at or above world standard. Research at UniSA aims to address the social, environmental and economic challenges that the world faces. Six themes underpin much of the research at UniSA. The themes are: An Age Friendly World, Transforming Industries, Scarce Resources, Cancer, Health Futures and Transforming Societies.
Research Highlights: Removing tonsils from children who snore may be a thing of the past thanks to Dr Scott Coussens and his team. A review of the literature found little evidence to support the practice. This research will assist parents in making choices on surgery for snoring, which may be unnecessary and costly.
The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide is South Australia’s oldest university and part of the Group of Eight (Go8) Universities in Australia. Research at the University of Adelaide is in response to global and national priorities, including sustaining our environment, achieving a healthier society and feeding our expanding population. Researchers are spread across over 50 specialist research centres, including several National Centres of Excellence. The University of Adelaide showcases their research through weekly Research Tuesday forums.
Research highlights: Ancient DNA experts Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Julian Soubrier have discovered a new species of bison. The catch? The new species was hidden in plain sight, depicted in ancient cave paintings more than 15,000 years ago.
Flinders University is ranked among the top 2% of universities world-wide, cementing their reputation as a world-class research facility. Flinders has implemented a Strategic Research Focus, appointing elite international and Australian researchers in key research areas, which include Social and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering and Education, Humanities and Law.
Research highlights: A new polymer developed by Dr Justin Chalker and team can remove mercury contaminants in the air, potentially helping 15 million people avoid mercury poisoning.
The Bureau of Metereology
The Bureau of Metereology (BOM) is a national agency that monitors Australia’s weather, climate and water. The BOM releases regular forecasts, warnings and advice across Australia, enabling citizens to interact appropriately with the natural environment.
Research highlights: The BOM has just released its biennial State of the Climate report, which describes the changes to Australia’s future climate. As expected, there are more hot days to come.
South Australian Research and Development Institute
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is the state’s premier research agency to support South Australia’s primary industries. SARDI has a multi-disciplinary approach to research. The research is focussed around three key areas: Aquatic Sciences, Livestock and Farming Systems and Sustainable Systems.
Research highlights: SARDI researchers have discovered more than 60 new species in the Great Australian Bight. The discoveries are a step toward a greater understanding of the broader ecosystem to help ensure sustainable use into the future.
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is a South Australian icon. The building has been affectionately dubbed the “cheesegrater”, owing to its unique architectural design. SAHMRI is the focal point of health and medical research in South Australia. Research at SAHMRI covers a broad range of medical issues including Aboriginal Health, Cancer, Mind and Brain.
Research Highlights: SAHMRI researchers have discovered that introducing eggs and nuts to babies can actually reduce their risk of developing allergies. The new research is set to change the dietary guidelines for infants.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s federal science agency. Research at the CSIRO covers all aspects of science, with the general objective to achieve national objective for the benefit of all Australians. The CSIRO has a strong history of innovation with inventions ranging from plastic bank notes to Wi-Fi technology. The Future Sciences Platforms hopes to build upon past successes by investing in future industries and in doing so, developing the next generation of Australian scientists.
Research highlights: The 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score Report has been released, showing that Australians’ diets are worse than first thought. With high levels of junk food intake, our nation has a lot of room to improve.