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Research Institutes & Centres

The University has established a number of world-class research institutes in partnership with government and industry.

The Institutes, comprising a research community of approximately 1200 staff and students, are a strategic convergence of worldleading researchers across many Faculties and Disciplines, who can be supported by modern infrastructure and an innovative culture.

Although Research Degree students need to enrol with a specific Faculty and Division, supervisors who are affiliated with our Research Institutes and Centres will be able to offer their students considerable advantages, including international collaborative linkages, coordinated internal partnerships and exceptional facilities and resources.

Environment Institute

Focus: Management of natural resources under changing climate and economic conditions

Environment Institute website

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Robinson Research Institute

Focus: Reproductive health, stem cell research and health across generations

Robinson Research Institute website

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Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources

Focus: Petroleum engineering, mining engineering, petroleum and minerals, geoscience and geothermal energy

Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources website

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Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing

Focus: optical fibres, lasers, luminescence, surface chemistry, proteomics and virology.

Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing website

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Waite Research Institute

Focus: Plant and animal sciences, viticulture and oenology, agronomy, soil science and agricultural economics

Waite Research Institute website

Key Associated Research Centres:

  • Centre for Soil Plant Interactions


The multi-disciplinary focus of our Institutes and Centres provides a collaborative platform for research partnerships across the University and with other research organisations.

The University is also an active participant in Commonwealth-funded Research Centres - being the site of three National Research Centres and a participant in a significant number of Cooperative Research Centres. It is also home base for many specialist research centres and units in a wide range of disciplines.

Adelaide Graduate Centre

Level 2, Schulz Building
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


T: +61 8 8313 5882
F: +61 8 8313 5725

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