About Us

With more than 4000 research staff and students working together, supported by modern infrastructure and an innovative culture, the University of Adelaide has all the ingredients to tackle global research challenges and deliver positive impacts. 

Our researchers have made vital contributions to game-changing inventions throughout history including x-ray crystallography, insulin, penicillin and the Olympic torch and cauldron.

As a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's most research-intensive institutions, the University is a destination of choice for highly talented researchers, students, government and industry partners.

Outstanding research universities share some common characteristics. They respond to emerging global and national priorities, they have access to high quality facilities and they are surrounded by highly talented researchers and higher degree students.

From excellent international rankings (which see us placed in the top 1% of Universities worldwide), through to research income success, great people and structure; view a snapshot of what makes us outstanding.

Facilities & precincts

Cutting-edge research facilities and services available across our campuses.

Research facilities & precincts

Research institutes

Research community bringing together world leading researchers.

Research institutes

Academic achievements

Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize is an international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. Only 15 have been awarded in Australia – and 5 of these to University of Adelaide Professors.

View our Nobel Laureates

ARC Laureate and Future Fellows

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia. And the Australian Future Fellowships provide four-year salary and project funding to excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

View the ARC Laureate and Future Fellows

The Adelaide Investigator Academy

The Adelaide Investigator Academy hosts these distinguished University of Adelaide leaders who have made world-class impact over the course of their careers.

View the Adelaide Investigator Academy