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 has the capability to drive the agenda outlined in the FAME Sustainability Strategy, under five research missions (RMs):

Sustainability Strategy (Booklet)

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Featured story

Prof Peng Bi

Professor Bi is a public health researcher in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science, with experience in environmental epidemiology and ecosystem health. His research aims to better understand the health risks posed by extreme heat.

Professor Bi and his colleagues also have another big goal in mind: developing a national consortium on health adaptation to climate change.

Learn more about the complex problems and systems they are working on by clicking the button below.

(@UoA's researchers - to feature your work in this space, please contact us via iser@adelaide.edu.au)

Prof. Peng Bi's Impact Story

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



2023 Australia-Japan Symposium on Plasma Catalysis

Inaugural 2023 Australia-Japan Symposium on Plasma Catalysis (AJSPC2023) hosted at the University of Adelaide.



UoA Winners of the Energy and Mining Premier's Awards

Congratulations to Associate Professor Manouchehr Haghighi and his team for winning the ‘Energy Sector – Environment’ award!



ISER's Advisory Board welcomes New Chair and two Board members

Recent appointment of ISER's Advisory Board's new Chair and two Board members.



ISER's New Featured Story - Prof Peng Bi

With ISER’s support, Professor Bi and his team are creating evidence-based solutions to help support South Australian emergency services and protect vulnerable communities from heatwaves.


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