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2018 assessed detailed fields, Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)

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 The rapid pace of global change is driving many new social, economic and environmental challenges. Research at the University of South Australia has been positioned around six key themes to ensure we can deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that respond to the most pressing needs of our world today.

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Our co-developed driver advice system is now on-board more than 4,000 trains worldwide

Trains across the world are running to timetable and arriving at their destinations safely using innovative technology developed by mathematicians at UniSA.

We partnered with the auto industry to create the world’s first shatterproof car mirrors

UniSA researchers have helped to develop a new type of car wing mirror, creating economic, safety and environmental benefits along with a new lease of life for South Australia’s automotive industry.

Our research in sustainability has built the foundation for 66% greener living

An inter-disciplinary taskforce at UniSA’s Barbara Hardy Institute is influencing environmental sustainability in urban developments across Australia. In fact, it’s now an acknowledged world leader in the transition to low-carbon housing.

Three decades of research has unearthed a $1.2 billion better way to process minerals

In 1988, UniSA initiated the AMIRA P260 project to help the mining industry improve the way it processes minerals. Who would think that 30 years later, it would be still be finding refinements after already achieving over $1.2 billion in benefits?


The University of South Australia has extensive research strengths and partnerships with the defence industries sector.

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Space industry research expertise and education at the University of South Australia.

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