Lumen

The pursuit eternal

Pioneering research in plant breeding, alternative proteins, and transformative technologies keeps the Waite at the cutting edge in its constant pursuit of the next big thing.

Harvesting knowledge

Harvest is a crucial part of every winemaker and viticulturist’s year. Meet the team of staff and students who tackled the 2024 vintage at Waite.

When wine came to Waite

Many a successful winemaker made their way through Roseworthy Agricultural College before it merged with the University of Adelaide in 1991. The move saw South Australian teaching and research in oenology and viticulture transferred to the University’s Waite campus, which has since become a global icon of winemaking.

A year of celebrations

The celebrations for our 150th have already begun – the party has officially started.

World News - Autumn 2024

We invited some of this community to be our special “foreign correspondents” - to give a brief insight into their lives, careers and success around the world.

Onnie Chan

Education has always played a significant role in my life, thanks to my mother’s influence. Now, I am turning a new page because of my studies at the University of Adelaide.

The pursuit eternal

Pioneering research in plant breeding, alternative proteins, and transformative technologies keeps the Waite at the cutting edge in its constant pursuit of the next big thing.

100 years of better breeding

A lot can happen in a century, especially in the field of plant breeding. 

Eat Waite

Research never tasted so good.

When research meets opportunity

It can take years to be in the right place at the right time. Waite has a legacy – and a future – of turning incidental discoveries into world-shifting knowledge. 

Sowing a greener future

In a world grappling with escalating climate change and global agricultural concerns, the Waite’s research is vital to addressing modern-day food and biodiversity needs. 

Magic dirt

There’s a magical world beneath our feet. Academics and scientists at Waite are working tirelessly to help improve soil health across the nation. 

Harvesting knowledge

Harvest is a crucial part of every winemaker and viticulturist’s year. Meet the team of staff and students who tackled the 2024 vintage at Waite.

When wine came to Waite

Many a successful winemaker made their way through Roseworthy Agricultural College before it merged with the University of Adelaide in 1991. The move saw South Australian teaching and research in oenology and viticulture transferred to the University’s Waite campus, which has since become a global icon of winemaking.

100 years of better breeding

A lot can happen in a century, especially in the field of plant breeding. 

Gardens of Note

The Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House gardens and the Waite Conservation Reserve are made of many impressive parts.

Nurturing excellence

Waite’s teaching community remains a testament to Peter Waite’s enduring commitment to innovation and science. 

The other friends of Waite

A great strength of the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus is the like-minded organisations who’ve chosen to nest amid the gumtrees with us – some of whom have been our neighbours and collaborators for generations.

When wine came to Waite

Many a successful winemaker made their way through Roseworthy Agricultural College before it merged with the University of Adelaide in 1991. The move saw South Australian teaching and research in oenology and viticulture transferred to the University’s Waite campus, which has since become a global icon of winemaking.

Lumen readers' prize

Your chance to win 150th anniversary prizes.

The Vice-Chancellor’s 150th Wine Collection

Professor Høj presents a collection of alumni wines.

Letters to the editor

We invited readers of our Spring/Summer issue of Lumen to tell us how studying at the University of Adelaide helped change their lives – what impact we had on their history.

David Penberthy

OnDit, the UniBar and other formative experiences.

New Alumni Council Chair

The University of Adelaide Alumni Council has welcomed a new Chair: Ms Robyn Mudie.

A year of celebrations

The celebrations for our 150th have already begun – the party has officially started.

Treasures of Waite

To some, the trove may seem to be a slightly quirky collection of oddities. But they are very dear and important to us.

Human infrastructure

Though Peter Waite’s name looms large over our eastern campus, there are many other prominent people who, through their research or riches, contributed to the University of Adelaide, WARI, or South Australian science, and earned a building dedication in response.

Famous visitors

A look at the signatures of our history.

Jubilee and Centenary Celebrations

Cast a glance backwards at past major milestones.

Our earliest film

The Maths Lawns in front of the Barr Smith Library have not always been dedicated to gentle academic pursuits.

World News - Autumn 2024

We invited some of this community to be our special “foreign correspondents” - to give a brief insight into their lives, careers and success around the world.

News in brief - Autumn 2024

Media stories from across the University.

Misinformation. Lies. And artificial intelligence

We can use AI, but only once we understand it.

World news - Spring 2023

We invited some of our family of “foreign correspondents” to give a brief insight into their lives and careers.

News in brief - Spring 2023

The people and research of the University receive wide media attention locally, nationally and internationally.

Environment report card – failing our planet

Professor Andy Lowe, Interim Director, Environment Institute, gives his sobering overview of the state of the planet.

About our cover

About our cover

The cover of our Waite 100 special edition of Lumen illustrates the difficulty of encapsulating a century of history into a 64-page magazine – or in this case in a single glass vase. 

Special thanks to Isaac Freeman, who photographed the cover, and Sky Allen of Arcadia Aquatic, who arranged the still life within the vase.

Plant matter was grown, collected, and supplied to us with help from Benjamin McGorm, James Cowley, Jenny Mortimer, Jonathan Diab, Kate Delaporte, Lieke van der Hulst, Matthew Denton, Rachel Burton, Rakesh David and Ranjit Das.

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About Lumen

Lumen is the University of Adelaide’s peak magazine – for and about the University. It is published bi-annually and distributed via a print edition and email to more than 100,000 recipients.

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From the Newsroom

15

Jul

Transformative new Adelaide University launches to the world

Australia’s newest major university has launched in market, taking Adelaide University to the world stage. 

12

Jul

SA’s labour force participation likely to worsen

Current pressures on South Australia’s labour force and housing markets are likely to worsen over the next few decades due to the rapid ageing of the population, according to economists from the University of Adelaide’s SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES).

11

Jul

New training centre to advance future quantum tech

Almost $5 million has been awarded in funding to a training centre led by the University of Adelaide which will provide technical and leadership skills to the next generation of quantum technology leaders in biology, engineering, and physics.

11

Jul

New research future on Kangaroo Island

The University of Adelaide has partnered with the state government to build a state-of-the-art research facility on Kangaroo Island.

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University events

5

Jul

LUMEN Bar

As our cityscape lights up, we are proud to open LUMEN Bar in collaboration with the National Wine Centre, nestled in the heart of Illuminate Adelaide's City Lights.

5

Jul

Illuminate Adelaide: intangible #form

Space takes on new light in this mind-bending installation from Japanese artist Shohei Fujimoto. For the first time in Australia, intangible #form takes over The University of Adelaide’s historic Bonython Hall, using state of the art projections and lasers to create fluid, ever-changing structures that feel both real and intangible, high-tech and magical.

8

Jul

Winter school holiday program

If you are looking for fun ways to keep your kids active during the upcoming winter school holidays, the School Holiday Program gives kids the chance to try a new sport, and learn and develop their skills. An Olympic-themed sports day will also be held in the build-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Monday 8 to Friday 19 July. Park 10, Graduates Clubhouse, 155 McKinnon Parade, North Adelaide. Bookings.

17

Jul

The Maths Learning Centre's 32nd Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the Maths Learning Centre will hold a party on Level 3 of Hub Central. There will be afternoon tea, birthday cake and lots of mathematical play to get involved in. Wednesday 17 July, 2–5 pm. The Maths Learning Centre, Level 3, Hub Central, North Terrace campus. Register here by Wednesday 10 July, 9 am. 

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