Who we are

ISER is the brand champion of University of Adelaide wide initiatives and key portal of research capabilities within sustainability, energy and resources, wherever they may be anchored in our Faculties and Institutes. ISER coordinates the University’s [forthcoming] Sustainability Research Strategy and leads large scale collaborative research efforts across our academic ecosystem.


Accelerating solutions that deliver sustainability, equity and prosperity for the planet and its people, underpinned by breakthrough research.


To lead globally transformative research that overcomes complexity, drives change, and creates value for a more sustainable future.

Ask for research support

University of Adelaide staff can use this link to request support from ISER for projects and initiatives that align with ISER objectives

UN Sustainable Goals questionnaire

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources with support from the Environment Institute, and other colleagues across the University, is developing an online portal based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Use this online questionnaire to self-identify your research against individual SDGs for the portal

Join the ISER mailing list

Use this online form to join the ISER mailing list. Tell us about yourself and we'll tailor communications to suit your interests. Open to University of Adelaide staff and students, and external friends and stakeholders

Copper for Tomorrow CRC bid

Copper is essential in our transition to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future. It’s a sustainable copper paradox: how do we increase the production of copper needed for society, and do so by processing lower grade ores, without using more energy and water, and producing more waste? The proposed Copper For Tomorrow CRC (for submission in 2022) will bring together industry and researchers to solve this challenge while helping companies to achieve their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals and remain profitable.

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Hydrogen CRC bid

The Hydrogen CRC Bid (for submission in 2022) is on track to become the largest single initiative in the country’s history focused on supporting the development of the emerging Australian hydrogen sector. It will provide much needed resources, capabilities, linkages and partners that can accelerate and de-risk the developing hydrogen industry and related projects. CRC’s are industry led and driven and your input is essential in to ensuring the bid addresses industry needs.

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Building a critical mass of people and knowlege in critically important minerals

The Critical Mineral Research Centre is the go-to group for multidisciplinary research programs. It is the only one of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few worldwide. We cover end-to-end critical minerals research and education, from early prospectivity analyses to resource definition to mineral processing.

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Heavy industry low-carbon transition (HILT) CRC

For Australia’s heavy industry sector to not only survive, but thrive over the coming decades with improved technological capabilities and cost competitiveness. HILT CRC will enable our heavy industry sector to compete in the low-carbon global economy for carbon-neutral materials such as ‘green’ iron, alumina, cement and other processed minerals. HILT CRC will focus on developing technologies and methods that overcome barriers to the low-carbon transition, which include the unacceptable risks of untested innovations that could jeopardise equipment, production and/or worker safety. The University of Adelaide is a core partner of the CRC.

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Latest news



ISER Advisory Board inaugural meeting

The new Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources advisory board met in Adelaide on Monday 7th November 2022.



Super seven shine light on STEM opportunities

Seven outstanding women researchers from the University of Adelaide have been recognised among Australia’s Superstars of STEM for 2023-24.



University researchers placed top in their fields

ISER is proud to support six University of Adelaide researchers who have been named as the country’s top experts in their fields according to league tables just published.



University of Adelaide’s research expertise to help build Asian energy network

The University of Adelaide, with leadership from its Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER), has become a partner in Asia Green Grid Network (AGGN) to help advance renewable energy connectivity across Asia.


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An exciting tomorrow is there for the making—more efficient, more productive and environmentally sustainable. We would welcome the chance to shape it with you.

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