Research Tuesdays

Research Tuesdays

Our researchers are driven by the desire to understand.

They work to uncover new knowledge and shed light on the world's biggest challenges. From tackling Meningococcal B to finding energy solutions for the future, our discoveries make a difference to people's lives across the world.

At Research Tuesdays we share this knowledge, every month. If you're curious about the changing world, we invite you to join us.

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Upcoming event

Finding a future for food crops

Genetically modified crops have been grown and consumed in many countries for over 30 years. Despite the benefits they offer in terms of human health, crop management and humanitarian support, genetically modified (GM) foods remain a controversial topic. It remains unclear whether GM will ever be fully embraced by society.

Why has there been such a strong backlash with GM? Are GM crops really that bad or can they help us improve food production in the face of a changing climate and shifting nutritional demands? And how do we help people make informed food choices?

In this seminar you will hear how the University of Adelaide is generating next-generation food crops, how these crops will be regulated, and whether the reach might extend far beyond Earth to eventually land on Mars.

The presenter

Associate Professor Matthew Tucker is the deputy Director of the Waite Research Institute and has trained as a Biotechnologist and worked in genetically modified plants for over 20 years. As the chair of the University of Adelaide Institutional Biosafety Committee, his research investigates how plants are genetically programmed to produce different reproductive cells and tissues, with the aim of understanding how these can be engineered to optimise yield and end-use. His involvement in gene technology spans across a state, national and international framework. As well as his role as researcher, Matthew also trains PhD, Masters and Honours students in the use of gene technology in plants.

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Recent events

Three minute thesis final

Explaining years of research in three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide. That’s the challenge 10 of our PhD students will tackle in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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Lighting up IVF

Think you know Australia’s colonial history? Think again. In the name of reconciliation, confronting truths must be told.

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Healing history

Think you know Australia’s colonial history? Think again. In the name of reconciliation, confronting truths must be told.

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Provocation revoked

‘Gay panic’ is no longer defence for murder in SA. Why? What’s the change’s likely impact?

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Taking on type 2

Deadly vascular problems are scarily common for type 2 diabetics. Why? We’re finding out.

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Well may we dwell

Staying home works for many during COVID-19. But not all. So how can our housing improve?

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Industrial Greening

The global appetite for low-carbon construction and manufacturing materials is set to skyrocket—and here in Australia we’re uniquely placed to satisfy it.

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