The Defence and Security Institute plays a key role in the Australian capabilities essential to our nation’s defence, security, and prosperity.

We are committed to ensuring that the University of Adelaide builds and maintains the research skills, infrastructure, commercialisation and knowledge transfer abilities required to continue contributing to the defence of our nation.

Read the 2023 edition of Defence Science and Technology OUTLOOK magazine

This year’s magazine includes interviews with leading representatives in the Defence industry along with insights into upcoming programs, case studies on recent projects and showcases the potential for students in the area.

This publication is compelling reading for those within the organisation that currently interact with the Defence sector.

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CADR-RAS announces exciting webinar series to foster collaboration among RAS researchers

Leading experts to present on Advancements in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.


Latest news from the Institute

Human integrated sensor system program

Sometimes it is not possible to identify in advance if there are chemical or biological agents present in an area.

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Drone-borne gamma ray sensors

In a CBRN attack, our defence forces must be able to accurately assess a battle space for radiation and other toxic substances.

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Simultaneous location and mapping in autonomous vehicles

Robotic and autonomous vehicles are valuable defence assets as they can undertake operations which present increased risks to personnel, such as entering contested or contaminated areas where they can gather information, or act as relay points for communication systems.

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From the Newsroom



Trailblazer defence program formalised

The Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability program has taken another step in being formalised with the conditions of grant being finalised and the announcement of the board members.



Defence specialist leads Trailblazer

A leading defence industry specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in the sector has been appointed as Executive Director of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability.



Cutting-edge laser technology focus for research centre

A new centre at the University of Adelaide will focus on further developing the latest laser technology needed to keep Australia and its allies safe from emerging military threats.



Tech and defence experts call to build ‘AI Australia’

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers huge opportunities to enhance Australia’s national security, create new jobs, provide better healthcare, and drive efficiencies in key industries, according to a new report published today.



Universities blaze a trail to commercialise defence research

Today, Wednesday 20 April, the Defence Trailblazer: Concept to Sovereign Capability (CSC) bid, led by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the University of New South Wales, has been endorsed to assist the country’s economic recovery under the Trailblazer Universities Program.



Grant supercharges development of next-gen batteries

The University of Adelaide’s industry partner PhosEnergy has received a grant under the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants scheme to work with the University on development of next-generation nuclear batteries.


Research impact stories

Bots Manipulate Public Opinion Russia - Ukraine in Conflict

New research from the University of Adelaide has shown that social media bot accounts have been used in malicious campaigns to influence online discussion during the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Autonomous rovers for moon exploration

When it comes to studying the surface of moons and planets, robot explorers called “rovers” are the gold standard. They can travel into space far more easily than a human astronaut, traverse new terrains quickly, and collect mountains of useful data.

Giving REDSPICE bite: Why strengthening Australia’s cyber capability demands unprecedented ASD-university collaboration

The Australian Government’s REDSPICE blueprint, released with last week’s 2022-23 budget, will significantly increase the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) cyber and intelligence capabilities.