Australian University Science: Big Science’s Big Ideas

In this issue, we explore how Australian University Science in the last two decades has built the scaffolding upon which our technology, health and engineering and applied sciences operate.

Four fundamental science success stories

From devices that allow patients to operate computers with their thoughts to revolutionising solar technology, here are fundamental science’s success stories.

Professor Ian Frazer AC explores the case for curiosity.

Basic science is far more than the translatable research outcomes it might enable. It is also the catalyst for significant advances in our social and economic wellbeing. 

Big Science’s Big Ideas: CRISPR. From Cancer to Covid

Building on fundamental gene technologies, Australian scientists have adapted a treatment for children’s cancer into a tool to target and suppress the virus that causes COVID-19.

Big Science’s Big Ideas: The Case for Blue-Sky Science

Translational research is seen as the end-point, but innovation, impact and income come as much — if not more — from fundamental science at Australian universities.

Big Science’s Big Ideas: Biology’s Monumental Evolution

From fundamental cellular studies in the 1950s, synthetic biology will become a multi-billion-dollar opportunity in coming decades.

Growing sovereign capability, issue 6, Australian University Science

Australian University Science magazine showcases exceptional science teams and science graduates working with industry

Four ways university science is building sovereign capability

Australian university science has a long history of co-investing with major international and national organisations to build sovereign capability.

Soil science critical to food production in a climate challenged future

Australian farming is backed by a century of soil science critical to our capability to support food production in a climate challenged future. 

Preparing for the next pandemic

Scientists in universities across Australia, energised by the pitched battle against COVID-19, are developing a suite of home-made solutions to future scourges.

Opinion: Expediting science expertise

Australian universities have a vital role to play in ensuring that we have sufficient people with the advanced skills needed to run such sophisticated industries.

5 ways small business benefits from university science.

From solar cells to meat substitutes, Australian university sciences adds value to Australian small business.

Profile: Dr Sean Parsons. Rapid Testing for COVID-19

Ellume’s Cinderella story of business success had its beginnings in university science.

Profile: Dr Afsaneh Khansari. Developing seaweed-based materials

Dr Afsaneh Khansari is a synthetic chemist working at the forefront of molecular engineering, developing new seaweed-based biomaterials.

Regional science innovation drives new carbon era

Advances in materials science are behind the growth of small businesses located in and around the Geelong Future Economy Precinct, encompassing Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Victoria.

Connecting knowledge to market

Bridging the gap between science and SMEs provides huge benefits to society, says Sally-Ann Williams of Cicada Innovations.

University science helps businesses bridge the ‘valley of death’

University science helps businesses bridge commercialisation’s ‘valley of death’ by taking opportunities through to end products.

Industry Futures: latest issue of Australian University Science

As science delivers new insights and tools, new industries are emerging. Australian University Science magazine highlights these stories

Why we work better together

University science works with the CSIRO to build communities around new and groundbreaking areas of research as well as facilitating connections and collaborations with industry.

Five ways science is fuelling new industries

Australia’s strong science research and training are integral to driving new economies.

Building better economic futures

The new era in manufacturing is driven by long-term science from Australia’s universities.

Profile: Re-inventing medical diagnostics

University of Sydney science graduate and entrepreneur Adjunct Professor Alison Todd has worked with her SpeeDx co-founder Dr Elisa Mokany for almost two decades.

Profile: Synthesising new materials

Dr Michael Dong Han Seo has developed a process to convert waste biomass into a unique form of graphene with important applications in water treatment.

Three examples of bold quantum science

Accelerated by university research, quantum technology goes far beyond computers. Here are three examples of bold quantum science.