Latest issue of Australian University Science explores the rise of critical minerals

In the latest issue we explore how uncovering, processing and extracting critical minerals relies on continuous and evolving research and people trained in science.

Profile: Dr Melanie Finch works with mining companies to better understand ore deposits

“Research we are doing today could impact the discovery of critical mineral deposits within the next five to 10 years.”

Profile: Allison Britt’s career combines science, communications and a love of minerals

“My most satisfying job is helping to ensure that Australia understands its own national minerals inventory.”

Australian university scientists are working with industry to re-mine old mineral deposits

Supplying the world with critical minerals is going to require innovation in re-mining old deposits.

Fundamental university science is driving the discovery process for rare earth elements

Critical minerals are essential for tech we use today and for the green economy. Accessing these elements is thanks to innovation in Earth science research.

University science supports the critical transition to net zero

Decarbonisation relies on the deep science capability present across our universities and the ability to train the next generation, writes Professor Caroline McMillen AO, Chief Scientist for South Australia.

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