The Science Behind Net Zero: New issue of Australian University Science – out now.

As the world aims to move towards Net Zero emissions, university science is at the forefront of research and innovation.

The science behind net zero

Australia’s universities are spearheading the scientific innovations critical to achieving national targets in renewable energy, storage, and reduction of emissions.

University science: poised to deliver on net zero policy

University science is uniquely placed to inform government policy: ensuring debate is grounded in scientific fact, and coordinating between industry, government and society.

5 ways Australian university science drives the energy transformation

Research and innovation across diverse disciplines are accelerating our journey to cleaner, more sustainable energy.

Innovative strategies to boost soil carbon propel Australia towards net zero emissions

Soil carbon sequestration can play a pivotal role in reducing Australia’s agricultural sector emissions.

Aussie invention predicts power line faults that can cause bushfires

An early fault detection (EFD) system designed at RMIT University is helping to prevent bushfires and blackouts in North America, Europe and Australia.

Australia’s Virtual Irrigation Academy wins COP 28 and World Economic Forum awards

Australia’s Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA) was announced as the winner of the Inclusion Award under the Water Changemakers Innovation Awards 2023 held at COP 28 this week.

Mass coral breeding methods amidst raft of breakthroughs to protect reefs

Scientists and engineers have pioneered new techniques to mass produce healthy baby corals, which could help restore reefs damaged by the impacts of climate change.

Scientists from UNSW Sydney reveal biases in the field of coral reef research

This latest study has provided a ‘birds eye view’ of the state of coral health research, highlighting key areas of improvement for the research field

Deep freezing native plants at risk of extinction

A process similar to that used to store human embryos is being used by scientists at The University of Queensland to save native Australian plants.

Monash team breaks record for human powered bicycle

Monash team reaches speeds of 116kmh to officially become Australia’s fastest human powered bicycle.

Australia’s leading engineers and technologists call for net zero by 2035

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has today called on the Federal Government to commit to an ambitious target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

Project aims to produce cheap, highly efficient, environmentally friendly solar cells

Researchers from QUT have partnered with solar cell manufacturers in a project that aims to commercialise ultra-low cost, flexible perovskite solar cells.

Proton battery promises cheap energy storage that’s kinder to nature

Engineers in Melbourne are vying for pole position in the global race to make a cheap rechargeable battery for storing solar energy that does not rely on scarce natural resources.

Seaweed business roadmap – a new billion dollar industry?

How can seaweed change the world? For one thing it can superpower the Australian science industry, and academic and business is calling for a roadmap to capitalise on innovation.

Repair, reuse and recycle: dealing with solar panels at the end of their useful life

UNSW Sydney solar experts says we need bespoke technology designed to recycle important elements inside solar panels.

ANSTO and UNSW scientists unlock Australia’s bushfire history using stalagmites

ANSTO and UNSW researchers have developed a new method for reconstructing the country’s fire history using cave stalagmites.

Four areas where fundamental research brings benefits to society and the economy.

Fundamental university science research has drawn inspiration from the Great Barrier Reef’s carbon storage capacity, the plant world’s ultra-efficient storage and transport structure, the reinvention solid state physics to develop new materials for electronic efficiency and advanced agricultural to nourish future outposts in space.

Bitter news: concurrent, increasing climate hazards could impact global coffee supply

Global coffee production is facing threats due to increasing and concurrent hazards fuelled by climate change

Nuclear science informing risk assessments during offshore decommissioning

ANSTO researchers explore the potential impact of contaminants on decommissioned offshore oil and gas infrastructure.

Thousands of native plants are unphotographed, and citizen scientists can help fill the gaps

New research finds almost 4000 Australian plant species have not been photographed before in the wild, which may lead to their extinction.

Stress test kit could boost koala joey survival

Mortality rates of orphaned koala joeys could be greatly reduced by a non-invasive stress test kit being trialled by UQ researchers.

Webinar: Exploring the impact of decommissioning oil and gas infrastructure

Join this discussion exploring the environmental impacts of decommissioning oil and gas structures in an environmentally responsible manner at minimal cost.

World’s largest initiative to elevate the visibility of women heading to Antarctica

Almost 180 women who are leaders from 25 countries will voyage on two ships to Antarctica in November to ensure the sustainability of the planet.