The government wants universities to focus on research with commerical return. But many of our most transformative innovations have been derived from basic research whose impact was impossible to foresee, writes Les Field.
UNSW research in engineering/technology and computer science has been ranked 42 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, making UNSW the best performing Australian university in the field.
The evolutionary forces shaping bacteria, the fate of engineered nanoparticles in groundwater, and the psychology behind obsessive thinking and anger are among the research projects led by UNSW’s newest Future Fellows.
For her exceptional leadership and research, marine ecologist Emma Johnston has won the inaugural Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science on International Women's Day.