Impact Stories

Much of our research responds to global and national priorities, with our researchers working closely with government and industry to address core issues faced by society.

As a result, we produce research that has a demonstrable impact on the economy, health, culture, public policy, the environment and quality of life.

Featured stories

Gravity speaks

In the early hours of 14 September 2015, something truly momentous occurred; an event of seismic significance for all of humanity, and in which the University of Adelaide played a pivotal role.

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Making computers see

Saving our defence force countless man-hours through the development of an artificial intelligence system that enables computers to answer questions about the content of images.

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Emulating nature’s perfect pursuit

Researchers have discovered the secrets of the dragonfly’s incredible ability to pursue and catch moving prey, and successfully applied them in an autonomous robot.

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Keeping ADF communications at the cutting edge

Although the importance of communications and networking technology is significant in many aspects of modern life, nowhere is this more so than in the defence realm.

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Maximising food-research impact through industry partnerships

Embracing external collaboration to ensure its food-related investigations meet real world needs and deliver a smooth, lab-to-plate transition of benefits.

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Optic-fibre sensors enabling aircraft, ships to self-diagnose corrosion

In a world first, researchers have developed a unique form of optic fibre that can be coated with flurometric corrosion-sensing material.

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Connected to country: Australia´s genetic history

Reconstructing the remarkable 50,000 year human history of Australia and revealing the deep origins of Aboriginal cultural and spiritual attachment to place.

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Protecting our crops' insect pollinators

Researchers are working to arrest a worrying global decline in populations of the insects we rely on to pollinate many of our food crops.

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Dietary concerns of Aussie mums and bubs

Research shows efforts to educate Australian women on their nutritional needs during and after pregnanc.

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Ovaries reveal keys to managing fertility and obesity

Research into the proper functioning of the ovary is revealing exciting new directions for improved fertility management.

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Creating real-world impact from the University of Adelaide

Developed one of the world’s most precise clocks, that offers a 1000-fold improvement in timing precision that can be used in radar.

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Quick smart: AI disease diagnosis now a reality

Giving humanity a powerful new weapon in the fight against infectious disease.

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Towards a bush berry blueprint

One of Australian native food’s best-kept, and most nutritious, secrets is now an important step closer to large-scale commercial viability.

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Latest impact stories

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Dec

Creating real-world impact from the University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide’s Sapphire Clock team has grown from twenty years of dedicated research, which has created technology with the...

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Sep

Emulating nature’s perfect pursuit

Researchers have discovered the secrets of the dragonfly’s incredible ability to pursue and catch moving prey, and successfully applied t...

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Sep

Gravity speaks

The discovery of gravitational waves could allow some of the universe’s greatest secrets to be answered

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Sep

Optic-fibre sensors enabling aircraft, ships to self-diagnose corrosion

In the near future, corrosion checks for critical defence assets may be a simple matter of running a laser over them, thanks to groundbre...

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Sep

Thought for food

Food production and processing is going through its biggest transformation since the industrial revolution.

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Sep

Ovaries reveal keys to managing fertility and obesity

Research into the proper functioning of the ovary is revealing exciting new directions for improved fertility management, policymaking in...

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