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Spanning multiple disciplines, our teams pursue and share new knowledge, collective understanding, and bold solutions that bring about real impact and positive change that helps move everyone forward.
Across our campuses, the next generation of researchers are answering some of today’s most pressing issues, focused on ensuring healthier people and a healthier planet.

Research themes

Improving the quality of human life around the world.


Improving the quality of ecology and our environment.


Research overview

Implementing changes that make a big difference to lives and communities here at home, across the Pacific and around the globe. And ultimately, bringing about real impact and positive change that helps move everyone forward.

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Researcher spotlight

Leading Microbiologist, Professor Peter Timms, has spent decades searching for a way to address disease in koalas >

The team has had a breakthrough — developing, trialling and administering a successful koala chlamydia vaccine.

UniSC Associate Professor of Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald >

UniSC Associate Professor of Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald and postdoctoral researcher Dr Nina Pollak from UniSC’s Centre for Bioinnovation worked with CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness on the research into the Nipah virus.

Research news

Mechanic shifts gear to space robotics career
17 Jul

From tyre fitting at the family business to studying mechatronics at UniSC to building lunar simulation robots at CSIRO, Michael Tedge’s new career is taking him to the moon and back.

High-tech roo collars aim to prevent road accidents
10 Jun

In an effort to prevent road crashes between vehicles and wildlife, UniSC researchers are tracking roos with custom-made high-tech collars “to a degree of biomechanical accuracy not seen before” to better predict their hopping movements in different habitats.

Peat was historically mined overseas because it burns so well. But Australia’s subtropical peat bogs need fire to survive
4 Jun

Writing for The Conversation, Professor of Ecology Catherine Yule explores an Australian subtropical peatland ecosystem that's thriving because of bushfires.

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