The University's research takes place in each of our academic faculties, through five world-class research institutes and over 50 specialist centres, and across various research precincts.
- Faculty Research
- Research Institutes
The institutes, comprising a research community of approximately 1200 staff and students, bring together world leading researchers, supported by modern infrastructure and an innovative culture, to tackle state and national research priorities.
Environment InstituteThe Environment Institute exists to deliver outstanding research across environmental sciences. To achieve this the Institute puts water and climate scientists together with biodiversity, marine, landscape and genetics work, and more. Learn more
Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources (IMER)IMER's key fields of research are Earth Sciences, Energy Technology and Resource Engineering. This interdisciplinary research institute is addressing scientific, technological, environmental and social challenges.
Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS)IPAS brings together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, experimentally driven theoretical scientists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies.
Robinson Research InstituteThe Robinson Research Institute is a collective of internationally renowned researchers in human reproduction, pregnancy and child health.
Waite Research InstituteThe WRI was established to support collaboration between the Waite Campus partners to drive research for the benefit of Australia's agriculture, food and wine industries.
- Research Centres
The University is home for over 50 specialist research centres working on key challenges across many industry sectors.
We are also a proud host and partner of a number of National Centres of Excellence.
ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious hubs of expertise which aim to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Australia in areas of national priority.
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Wall Biology
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
- ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Tera-Scale
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS)
Centres of Research Excellence are funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research. They support collaboration and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health;. (Professor Michael Horowitz) end date Nov 2017
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Food for Future Australians
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Protection of Pancreatic Beta Cells
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care
- NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing
Cooperative Research Centres bring together researchers from universities, the CSIRO and other government laboratories, and private industry or public sector agencies. These long-term collaborative arrangements support research & development and education activities that achieve outcomes of national economic and social significance.
The University is a core partner, supporting participant or associate in 11 Cooperative Research Centres.
Learn more about participating in CRCs at the University of Adelaide.
- CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (essential participant)
- Pork CRC (essential participant)
- Deep Exploration Technologies CRC (essential participant)
- Energy Pipelines CRC (essential participant)
- CRC for National Plant Biosecurity (supporting)
- Poultry CRC (supporting)
- Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (essential participant)
- Data to Decisions CRC (essential participant)
- Invasive Animals CRC (essential participant)
- CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (supporting participant)
- Sheep CRC (supporting participant)
- Research Precincts
The North Terrace campus is the University's main campus, and is the site of many cutting-edge research facilities. These include an advanced Proteomics Facility, a high-performance supercomputer, the Regional Facility for Microscopy and Microanalysis, a Virtual Reality Centre and specialised laboratories that house the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.
North Terrace is in the heart of the city, among several of our research partners, including the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Zoo, Art Gallery of South Australia, the Botanic Gardens, and the National Wine Centre, encouraging collaborative research.
SA Health and Biomedical precinct
Located at the west end of North Terrace, the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct is the state's highest priority project for health, research and education infrastructure.
The University's new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building (currently under construction) is the biggest capital works project in the history of the University of Adelaide. The $246 million, 14-storey building will house state-of-the-art facilities for 1600 students and more than 400 researchers, including our Robinson Research Institute.
Co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the facility will play a key role in transforming health education, research and patient care.
Waite Research precinct
The Waite Research Precinct (located at our Waite Campus) has the largest concentration of expertise in the southern hemisphere in the areas of agriculture, food, wine, nutrition and natural resources science.
The 300 acre site is home to the University's Waite Research Institute, along with a collection of unique but highly connected research organisations and centres.
The precinct houses 1100 researchers and technical staff, along with 845 research and agricultural students, along with significant infrastructure, including the state of the art Plant Accelerator .
Roseworthy campus is an internationally recognised centre for excellence in dry land agriculture, natural resource management and animal production. Its 1,600 hectare campus is situated 50kms north of Adelaide.
Campus partners include Technical and Further Education (TAFE) SA, Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
Roseworthy houses a Veterinary Health Centre which is open to the public, as part of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The 5,500 square metre building houses the Companion Animal Health Centre, a veterinary clinic and hospital, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), housing diagnostic pathology, as well as teaching laboratories and skills suites.