Waite Research Institute
The Waite Campus is recognised for world-class research and development underpinning Australia's agricultural industries. It is an international model of research, development, industry application and teaching. The Waite community is currently comprised of 1,500 scientists, technicians, teachers, support staff and students in the areas of agriculture, food, wine, natural resource sciences and agricultural economics.
The Waite Research Institute (WRI) is an initiative of The University of Adelaide to facilitate further development of the site's world class capabilities and technologies.
See the WRI's Vision and Values statement for more detail.
The WRI will contribute solutions to the emerging challenges of global food security and agricultural sustainability by stimulating and supporting internationally-competitive research that supports profitable and sustainable production in its target sectors. The outcomes of this research will be targeted to achieve benefits for Australian agriculturally-based industries and global food security, and will be supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. The research will be trans-disciplinary and collaborative in nature and will have national and international connections to major industry sectors, government and high quality research organisations.
The WRI is investing in a range of initiatives that will promote the Waite Campus as a globally pre-eminent research environment in agriculture, wine and food. These include:
- The Vision for "Waite@100 and beyond";
- The Waite Food and Nutrition Cluster proposal;
- The National Centre for Food Security proposal;
- The Vineyard of the Future;
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Cell Wall Biology and Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) Plant Accelerator science leadership/business development support;
- Early and mid-career researcher mentoring and professional development programs;
- The Debate@TheWaite - a series of public events designed to raise awareness of the Waite Campus, and of agricultural research generally;
- Promoting Waite research through online and social media.