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

We are the brand champion of University of Adelaide wide initiatives and the key portal of research capabilities within sustainability, energy and resources. 

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FAME Sustainability Strategy

The FAME (Foci And Magnets for Excellence) Sustainability Strategy is aimed at developing and accelerating solutions that deliver sustainability, equity and prosperity for the planet and its people, underpinned by breakthrough research.

Our research across the University’s Faculties and Research Institutes can drive the agenda outlined in the FAME Sustainability Strategy, under five research missions (RMs):

Sustainability Strategy (booklet)    

Other sustainability initiatives

In addition to FAME Sustainability Strategy, ISER is also supporting these other initiatives

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Featured story

Prof. Joanna Howe

Prof. Joanna Howe’s research unearths new knowledge on a precarious source of farm labour: undocumented migrants.

Professor Howe and her team are taking a deep dive into one of Australia’s most critical challenges, the creation of an equitable and efficient farm labour supply. The topic of their research project has significant impact on the farming industry and is related to the following UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

  • end poverty (SDG 1);
  • decent work and economic growth (SDG 8);
  • reduction of inequalities (SDG 10); and
  • responsible consumption and production (SDG 12).  

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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



'GP Lyf Hacks' Webportal

Dr David Lam’s web portal ‘GP Lyf Hacks’ aims to provide equal access to high-quality medical training, especially in rural areas, and to help create resilient communities by offering free ‘medical education in bite-sized pieces’.



International Women's Day 2024

International Women’s Day brings the opportunity to share and celebrate the incredible contributions of our ISER team members and affiliates who have made a significant impact within their roles. Their dedication, expertise, and passion drive ISER’s success every day. Today, we would like to acknowledge and share the achievements of ISER affiliates Jennifer Burgess, Phoebe Chilman, and Jessica Stanhope as they continue to have a significant impact in their chosen careers



FAME Strategy Sustainability Launch and Meet & Greet 2023

In December of 2023, this event was held to bring together the FAME Sustainability Mission Leads and the researchers conducting the projects that are funded under the FAME Strategy Sustainability.



International Energy Intelligence Roundtable

On Monday the 5th of February, the ISER team co-hosted at The University of Adelaide, the ‘International Energy Intelligence Roundtable’ with His Excellency Mr Gabriel Safta, Ambassador of Romania to Australia, and Dr. Mireille Rădoi, Professor at the University of Economic Studies in Bucharest.


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