Top 10 amazing research facilities
By Fran Molloy
Adelaide Proteomics Centre (APC)
Location: University of Adelaide (SA)
APC uses specialised laboratories and techniques to identify proteins, quantify changes in protein expression levels and characterise post-translational modifications, to help scientists understand various diseases such as cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)
Locations: Alice Springs (NT), Darwin (NT), Derby (WA) and Cairns (QLD)
CAT is a national Indigenous science and technology organisation working with remote communities on applied research into housing, energy and infrastructure challenges.
Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC)
Location: Toowoomba (QLD)
CEEFC conducts research and development of fibre-reinforced polymer/cement composite materials, from macro- down to nano-scale. Focuses on natural fibre bio-composites as sustainable materials for use in agriculture, engineering, construction and defence.
Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre
Location: Curtin University, Perth (WA)
With more than 80 researchers and links to advanced research facilities and a global industry network, CIOEIC brings together start-ups, industry experts, developers and researchers in an open environment.
Micro-Nano Research Facility
Location: RMIT, Melbourne (VIC)
Nine laboratories for making micro- and nano-scale devices – includes design, modelling, fabrication, packaging and characterisation.
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
Location: Griffith University, Gold Coast (QLD)
NCCARF research helps prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise including more frequent and more intense heatwaves, increasing risk of flooding and coastal erosion.
SMART Infrastructure Facility
Location: University of Wollongong (NSW)
SMART does applied research, modelling and simulation in infrastructure planning and management catering for challenges like technology, climate change and an ageing population. Researchers come from such fields as transport, water, energy and economics.
Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)
Location: Mosman (NSW)
SIMS is a joint venture between government and six universities, doing multidisciplinary marine research.
Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC)
Location: UTS, Sydney (NSW)
Creative incubator bringing a human-centred informatics approach to machine intelligence and visualisation, with particular interests in discourse, dispositional and social learning analytics.
The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
Location: University of Tasmania, Hobart (TAS)
IMAS investigates temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic environments, their resources and their roles in the global climate system. Research includes sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development and management in Tasmania, the rest of Australia and the Southern Ocean.
Author: Heather Catchpole
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