Industry Engagement Priorities

As outlined in the ‘Research that Shapes the Future’ Pillar Plan, the Industry Engagement Priorities (IEPs) act as a conduit to industry, connecting compelling external opportunities with outstanding internal capability, and addressing major societal and technological challenges.

Complementing the University’s fundamental research excellence, and as part of the intellectual ecosystem of the University the IEPs are designed to deepen our relationships with industry, and broaden the skills of our staff and students as they seek to develop, and join, tomorrow’s workforce.

The IEPs, supported by an identified lead and an Industry Advisory Board, are expected to generate opportunities for new industry partnerships, potentially leading to the appointment of additional industry-focused staff and joint appointments in the University, as well as progressing our educational endeavours.


The five Industry Engagement Priorities are

Defence, cyber & space

Defence, Cyber and Space

Our world-class researchers develop innovative technologies that give the Australian Defence Force a real edge.

Defence website Cyber website

Mineral & Energy Resources

Energy, Mining and Resources

The University of Adelaide possesses a specialist cluster of expertise across geosciences, petroleum and mining engineering.

Contact: Professor Michael Goodsite

A world-first in language reclamation

Creativity and Culture

Through our research in the written and spoken word; music and visual art; and new communication technologies, we set out to make the world a better, more enriching place.

Contact: Professor Bruce Northcote

National health & medical research council (NHMRC)

Health and Biotech

The University’s research expertise in health and medicine encompasses a broad spectrum of research interests, from laboratory-based biochemical research to clinical research and the study of broader populations.

Contact: Dr Cadence Haynes

Agriculture Food & Wine

Agrifood and Wine

Through research and education, we’re leading thought for food to drive the next wave of innovation for the food sector.

Agrifood and wine website


Intellectual ecosystem of the University

Intellectual Ecosystem of the University

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