Centres and Programs leading the future

Our researchers provide new understandings and tools to better monitor and manage biodiversity, invasive species and ecosystems; while our palaeontologists and evolutionary biologists learn from the past to better manage the future world.

Adelaide Exposure Science and Health

The Adelaide Exposure Science and Health offers a diverse range of research, field-based consulting, laboratory, and education and training services to industry, government and the community. They are staffed by experienced occupational hygienists, consultants and research staff with wide ranging expertise across scientific disciplines. 

Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre (ABCC)

The Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre aims to combine knowledge of arid zone plant biology and ecology, with experience in screening, purifying and synthesis of bioactive compounds to develop novel compounds in medicine and agriculture.

Image: Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre (ABCC)

Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)

Combining advanced ancient DNA facilities with dedicated bioinformatics capabilities, ACAD conducts leading research into ancient human migration, megafaunal extinction, ancient microbiomes and forensic analysis.

Image: Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)

Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (ACEBB)

Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity is a nationally recognised centre of expertise in systematics, evolutionary biology, paleobotany and biodiversity science.

Image: Pigface - Annemarie Gaskin

Marine Biology Program

The Marine Biology Program is Australia’s leading scientific research group for temperate marine environments in Australia and has made major new discoveries through long-term, continental-scale studies.

Image: PIRSA

Spatial Science Research Group

The Spatial Science Research Group has been established to respond to the growing need for integrated solutions to the management of natural resources.

Image: Spatial Science Research, TERN Australia - Dr Ken Clarke

Sprigg Geobiology Centre

The Sprigg seeks to understand how the interaction between the biosphere and geosphere has left a legacy of both environments themselves and the fossil record used to comprehend that legacy.

Image: Dr Liz Reed - Naracoorte Caves

Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF)

The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) is The University of Adelaide’s ‘drone hub’ providing organisational infrastructure concerning the use of unmanned aircraft, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), for environmental and agricultural applications. 

Image: Working with industry supplied by URAF

Water Research Centre

The Water Research Centre brings together scientists, engineers and economists to address water management issues of national and international significance.

Image: Assoc. Prof John Tibby - North Stradbroke Island