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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Plant power

Imagine: your house built from cannabis, your car manufactured using chia components, and your fuel extracted from the succulent we use to make tequila.

When it comes to plant-based sustainability solutions, industrial hemp is finally getting a foot in the door. But have you heard about agave, plantago, sorghum, and sage?

These crops cope better in hot climates, use less water, and grow faster. University of Adelaide researchers are investigating a range of novel functions too, far beyond simply appreciating their nutritional value.

Our team believes Australia has the potential to boast a booming biofuel industry driven by drought-resistant crops. We could even become entirely self (and seed) sufficient. Its high time bioproducts hit the mainstream. And how can insects help?

Come along and hear what leading plant scientists foresee for the future.

The presenters

Professor Rachel Burton is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She has been Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence – Plant Cell Walls and Plant Energy Biology and was named a Superstar of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017.

Professor Kerry Wilkinson from the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is a leader in sensory evaluation, food science and wine chemistry. She received a South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2012, and 2006 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Professor Rachel Ankeny is leader of the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide, president-elect of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) and a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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2022 schedule

Date Research topic Presenter
14 June New and emerging foods of the future Professor Rachel Burton, Professor Rachel Ankeny, Professor Kerry Wilkinson & Dr James Cowley
12 July Intersection of AI and health (Digital health) Associate Professor Tarik Sammour
9 August Information influence Dr Melissa-Ellen Dowling, Associate Professor Lewis Mitchell & Professor Debi Ashenden
13 September Three Minute Thesis final Faculty finalists
11 October Hydrogen Professor Greg Metha
8 November Battery recycling and the solutions for the future Professor David Lewis & Professor Zaiping Gao

Previous events

Crater to plate

Unless astronauts can grow their own food, crewed space exploration will remain a dream. So we’re making it a reality.

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Cracking cancer

A crack new team is decoding cancer’s genetic and immunological mysteries right here in Adelaide—come and hear how.

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COVID pawsitive

It’s official: when it comes to sniffing out COVID, dogs beat RATs. Is this the dawn of a new medical era? Come and find out.

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