Publications – Australian University Science

Science is about understanding how the living and material world works. It’s also about how to put that understanding to work, to create new inventions and to solve problems. Australian University Science is a twice yearly publication with stories showing how Australian universities make that happen.

Sometimes it is the university scientists themselves who come up with new inventions or solutions. Sometimes it is science graduates using the knowledge and connections that they’ve gained at university. And sometimes it is businesses in search of ideas who connect with university scientists and draw upon their knowledge.

Australian University Science has stories of all these kinds. It is available online or in print. It shows how Australian university science makes active contributions to the problems of clean energy, water, health, and to industry and innovation generally.

Browse through our previous editions below, or Sign up here to receive your issue twice a year


Innovation Futures [Issue 5: May 2021]

This issue of Australian University Science showcases how university science drives innovation, sparks new business opportunities and generates new jobs. Australian University Science has always been critical to small business enterprises, providing research that underpins new products and services, and consulting on R&D that goes beyond short-term gains. Through their unique facilities, deeply knowledgeable people and collaborative ethos, university science creates employment opportunities in growth industries based on research from chemistry, physics, geology and biology that has far reaching impacts for society.

University science also trains graduates with the enterprise skills and scientific knowledge that gives them great capacity to innovate. Examples of these outcomes are too numerous to cover – this issue highlights just some of the ways universities foster innovation and provides examples of some of the most exciting innovations happening in science right now through this long-term vision.

View the online copy of Issue 5.

Industry Futures [Issue 4: November 2020]

In Issue 4 of Australian University Science we explore proven industries developing from fundamental Australian University Science research, including the green economy, quantum science, battery innovation and medical diagnostics.

How does university science ignite future industry? The pandemic saw Australian University Science pivot rapidly into manufacturing personal protective equipment and masks and partnering with industry on the future production of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. While these are short-term solutions, Australian university sciences joins up research and innovation in Australia: from blue-sky research to innovation, and in doing so develops new industry sectors.

University science creates transferable skills in its graduates and facilitates the translation of research. It is collaborative by nature and has the networks and partnerships to enable the creation of new industries to diversify our economies. In this issue we explore proven industries developing from fundamental Australian University Science research, including the green economy, quantum science, battery innovation and medical diagnostics.

View the online copy of Issue 4.

Global Health Futures [Issue 3: July 2020]

In the early days of the COVID-19 crises, university scientists quickly mobilised to model, trace and track the virus behind COVID-19. Issue 3 of Australian University Science showcases how University science research is a deep repository of knowledge and is uniquely positioned to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, through research across multiple disciplines and targeting many different problem areas.

As Professor John Shine notes in the introduction to this issue, university science in Australia is developing strong candidates for a vaccine with the support of the Centre for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and from global biotech giant CSL, established in Australia in 1916. But the response goes far beyond vaccine research, with a number of cutting-edge molecular biology research and environmental science pivoting into the COVID-19 problem.

View the online copy of Issue 3.

Water Futures [Issue 2: March 2020]

As an increasingly dry continent, Australia faces immense water challenges. Australian universities play a critical role in undertaking research and development to assist in the identification of water management problems, the achievement of water security, and the creation of innovative solutions.

From catalysing new science to ‘pull’ water out of the air using smart fundamental chemistry, to regional universities implementing R&D directly on Australian farms, university science makes critical contributions to water security.

Universities engage at each stage of the innovation cycle to help water managers deliver water security to communities, industries, agriculture and the environment. The stories within this issue highlight university science contribution to enterprise, education and agriculture in Australia.

View the online copy of Issue 2.

Energy Futures [Issue 1: September 2019]

Edition 1 of Australian University Science highlights the role and impact of university science, beginning with the hydrogen economy. It also showcases case studies of exceptional science teams and profiles Australian science graduates working in industry. This is a critical insight into how Australian university science informs, partners and drives innovation domestically and internationally.

View the online copy of Issue 1.