Award crowns outstanding year for research

Tuesday, 27 November 2001

Adelaide University has crowned an outstanding year of research achievements by winning a major collaborative award in the 2001 Business Higher Education Round Table (BEHRT) Awards. The awards promote research collaboration between industry and higher education.

The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering have been honoured, along with Adelaide company Fuel and Combustion Technology (FCT), for their work on the development of advanced combustion systems. The partnership has been named winner of the BEHRT Award for Outstanding Research and Development involving a small-medium sized company and a program that has been in train for more than five years. Researchers involved in the project were responsible for developing the fuel combustion technology for the flame of the Olympic torch as well as for the cauldron used at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Congratulating all of those involved, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish said it was pleasing to see such recognition for Adelaide's research expertise.

"Adelaide University's research excellence has also been recognised in the latest round of funding from the National Health & Medical Research Council, " she said. "Adelaide has received more than $25.7 million in funding for 37 research projects - the best figure for any Australian university on a per capita basis.

"This year has also seen the establishment of Adelaide Research and Innovation, combining the University research branch with its commercial arm (formerly Luminis). The stronger links between our research activities and commercialistaion activities will open up new opportunities for researchers.

"During the year we have also put in place a range of support strategies for early career researchers. The opening of a new Graduate School for postgraduate research students next year promises to ensure that our strong focus on research and research training is maintained in to the future."


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