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.


To be a globally recognised transdisciplinary and collaborative thought leader within the domains of Sustainability, Energy and Resources.


Building a better future through globally impactful large scale transdisciplinary and collaborative sustainability research to advance towards Net Zero, anchored in one of the most liveable cities and states in the world.

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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



IMER Annual Report 2021

The 2021 IMER Annual Report is now available to read.



CET Celebrates Release of a New Book on Wave Energy

Congratulations to Associate Professor Boyin Ding, from the School of Mechanical Engineering, who has co-edited a text book on wave energy entitled, “Modelling and Optimization of Wave Energy Converters”, CRC Press, July 2022.



ISER Leads the Way to Net-Zero

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER) launched on Monday, leading the events taking place across the University as part of Sustainability Week.



Curnamona Cube AuScope Seismic Array - Mawson Geo Centre

The AuScope Earth Imaging team, led by Professor Graham Heinson and Ben Kay from The University of Adelaide, Mawson Geo Centre, is deploying 138 NCRIS enabled seismometers in the CurnamonaCube Project area.


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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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