Research Centres


Australian Centre for Astrobiology

ACA is one of the few organisations in the world that is truly inter and multi-disciplinary in a way that is reflective of astrobiology as well as being the only centre of astrobiological research in Australia. Its key goals include contributing to the understanding of the origin of life on Earth and to set an Australian life-seeking instrument on the surface of Mars. In addition to being an Associate Member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, it also has close links with the European Space Agency and other international space agencies and institutions.

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Australian Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies

FLEET is developing a new generation of ultra-low energy electronics, to address the energy consumption used in Information Technology. The Centre, headquartered at Monash University, connects UNSW researchers from the School of Physics and School of Materials Science and Engineering with six other Australian universities and thirteen other Australian and international science centres.

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Australian Centre for NanoMedicine

The Australian Centre for NanoMedicine combines Medicine, Science and Engineering to deliver therapeutic solutions to research problems in medicine. Through a commitment to research, education, knowledge transfer and commercialisation, ACN is dedicated to the prevention, diagnostics and curing of diseases.

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Centre for Ecosystem Science

CES focuses research effort on the key threats, risks and uncertainties facing biodiversity of wetlands and rivers and their conservation values. We are also involved similar challenges in terrestrial ecosystems. We have a strong emphasis on providing rigorous advice to governments at State and Federal levels and building expertise in the adaptive management of Australia’s ecosystems. Communication of research results is a key objective through peer reviewed papers, the media, electronic databases and other research outputs.

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Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS)

MASCOS’ vision is to be one of the world’s leading centres in mathematical and statistical analysis, design and optimisation of complex systems, and to apply that research for scientific, economic, social and environmental benefit. In any system, be it physical, biological or social, collective phenomena occur as the number of components increase. Analysing the behaviour of any individual component gives no indication as to how the system as a whole behaves, but understanding entire systems can lead to the prediction and subsequently the control and optimisation of their behaviour. The mathematical and statistical techniques developed to understand these entire complex systems form the basis for the research being undertaken by MASCOS, which in turn has many potential applications to real world problems.


Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health

The Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health conducts research to optimise cognitive health and prevent cognitive decline.

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Centre for Eye Health (CFEH)

The Centre for Eye Health is a joint initiative between Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the University of New South Wales and provides state-of-the-art advanced imaging and eye examination services to patients free of charge. CFEH has a large database of over 30,000 patients with comprehensive ocular imaging and therefore provides a unique opportunity to explore and understand major ocular diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as well as natural processes such as aging of the human eye.

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Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation

The Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB) is an international focal point for interdisciplinary basic and applied research into chemically mediated interactions between organisms. It drives research excellence in a number of platforms, including microbial biofilms and bacterial signalling, marine chemical ecology and prokaryote-eukaryote interactions, environmental and microbial genomics, colonisation biology of marine sessile organisms, novel antifouling technologies, bioremediation, inter-kingdom signalling and the bridge between environmental microbiology and engineering. These research platforms are based on understanding, in a mechanistic fashion, how chemical signals mediate the ecology, physiology and molecular biology of organisms, and the subsequent application of this knowledge to novel biotechnologies across environmental, industrial and medical settings.

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Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology is an international research effort to develop the science and technology of a global quantum information network, encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, absolutely secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.

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Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)

The Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a network of outstanding national and international partner organizations. The Centre will improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will enable improvements in how Australia copes with extremes now and in the future.

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Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery

The Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Brain Recovery is the first centre worldwide to take a multidisciplinary, multisite approach to addressing the psychosocial rehabilitation of individuals following TBI. Moving Ahead brings together key experts from a range of partner universities, hospitals and research institutes in Australia and overseas.

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Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT)

SMaRT has strong relationships with Industry and Research partners from the metallurgical, materials, building, construction and mining sectors across the globe. The Centre has 20 academic staff and postdoctoral researchers. The Centre also has state-of-the-art Research Infrastructure funded through the Vice- Chancellor's strategic priorities funding, along with well-equipped sustainable materials laboratories.

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Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)

UNSW CCRC is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key areas  Earth's climate: atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes.

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Connected Waters Initiative (CWI) Research Centre

The CWI is a multidisciplinary groundwater research centre of national and international standing, which continually advances knowledge and management of national and international groundwater resources.

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Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

The Evolution & Ecology Research Centre draws together the diverse strengths of 18 academic staff, 8 independent research fellows, and over forty postgraduate students from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW in Sydney. The Centre's purpose is to build capacity for and quality of research, including postgraduate research and supervision. To do so, we provide seed funding for innovative new research collaborations, recognize excellence in research, learning and supervision, run an innovative Graduate Program in Evolution & Ecology, and engage in public outreach relating to evolution and ecology.

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Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA)

UNSW PANGEA is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. The Centre houses research expertise in many key areas of the 'palaeosciences' and related Earth and Environmental sciences. The Centre's research focuses on understanding the history of the Earth by examining the interconnectedness of the evolution of the planet, its systems and life including humans.

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Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics

The Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics is a not-for-profit provider of genomic services. We enable access to state-of-the-art, cutting edge technologies and deliver data of the highest quality to our end users. Our technology suite includes long- and short-read next-generation sequencing, single-cell analysis, microarrays and Sanger sequencing.

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Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)

The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) is a not for profit unlisted public company founded in 2005 by four universities (Macquarie, NSW, Sydney and UTS) as a collaborative research institute bringing together scientists from the universities in the greater Sydney region and from several state and federal government departments, The Australian Museum and the Australian Defence Science & Technology Organisation. It is the principal marine research institute on the South-East Australian coast.

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Systems Biology Initiative (SBI)

The System Biology Initiative (SBI) mission is to do cutting-edge research in molecular systems biology, bringing together expertise in proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics. We provide collaborative bioinformatics expertise and services to users of NCRIS-funded genomic and proteomic facilities, specifically the Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis, the Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF), the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) and Southern Cross Plant Science at Southern Cross University. We also provide collaborative bioinformatics support to groups at UNSW and elsewhere. For researchers in non-profit organisations in the state of New South Wales, these services are provided free of charge.
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Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research

Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research is a research group at UNSW dedicated entirely to road and transport safety research. The philosophy of the road and transport safety research focus at the TARS is the safe system principle, commonly used in occupational health and safety and adopted by the Australian Transport Council in 2004. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach to road safety research and policy development, where researchers focus on Safer Roads, Safer Vehicles, and Safer People and their integration into a Safe System.

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