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National research centres

The way we live, work, think, grow. Meeting the needs of tomorrow.

Special Research Centres are funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for their research excellence and potential to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Australia. They bring together concentrations of researchers and resources to establish centres that act as links to international research programs, as well as providing high-quality research and research education in areas of national importance.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC), a Commonwealth Government initiative, bring together researchers and research users, with an emphasis on collaboration through utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer. A strong education component focuses on producing graduates with skills relevant to industry needs.

Research concentrations at UniSA

ARC Special Research Centre

UniSA hosts the Special Research Centre for Particle and Material Interfaces. Part of the Ian Wark Research Institute, the Centre's Director is Prof Magnus Nyden

The Centre concentrates on outstanding fundamental research on static and dynamic processes involving soft and hard interfaces. Practical examples include soft, deformable emulsion droplets in pharmaceutical formulations and hard, mineral particle surfaces in mineral slurries. Successful outcomes from this research have the potential to solve difficult environmental problems concerning acid mine drainage; reduce energy consumption in minerals processing; improve the quality of medical and dental implants; and result in new printing technologies.


Cooperative Research Centres

UniSA as a partner

Please note: The CRC for Water Quality and Treatment has been replaced by Water Quality Research Australia Ltd (WQRA). The UniSA contact person is Prof Simon Beecham (Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment).

UniSA as a collaborator


Other national research centres

Australian Centre for Child Protection

The Australian Centre for Child Protection is making a valuable contribution to a knowledge-based approach to preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect. The Centre is pioneering a public health model of child protection through supporting the innovation, evaluation, dissemination and transplantation of successful strategies. The Australian Centre for Child Protection is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Contact: Prof Marianne Berry
Centre brochure (798kb, download Adobe Acrobat)

International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

$10 million has been pledged by State and Federal Governments to provide added impetus to the foundation and start up of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding.

Launched in October 2008, the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding will be a leading global institution devoted to research excellence. The Centre will support critical engagement and dialogue at the local, national and global levels through the development of effective policy solutions. A concern will be to recognise that Muslim/non-Muslim relations are often embroiled in questions about social justice and inclusion. The Centre will address cross-cultural issues, reflect commitment to reconciliation and develop rational approaches to addressing and overcoming prejudices about diversity.

Professor Pal Ahluwalia, UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies, is leading the Centre's establishment with support from UniSA's Hawke Centre

Media release (14 October 2008)
UniSA builds Muslim and non-Muslim understanding (UniSANews)