Research centres

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UNSW Science research centres support the generation of new ideas and advance science through their work in areas including clean water, renewable energy, human health and a sustainable environment. Our research centres help tackle the most pressing challenges facing our world today.

UNSW Institute for Climate Risk & Response

Empowering business, government and society to address the risks and opportunities of climate change through interdisciplinary research, partnerships and education.

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RNA Institute

The Institute links and expands multidisciplinary teams in RNA biology, RNA chemistry and RNA medicine, with clinical experts and services, underpinned by a pilot-scale RNA accelerator facility.
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Bringing together data specialists from across the university, the UNSW Data Science Hub (uDASH) translates large volumes of data into knowledge to support decision-making.
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Australian Centre for NanoMedicine

The Australian Centre for NanoMedicine brings together the disciplines of medicine, science and engineering to deliver therapeutic solutions to research problems in medicine.
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Centre of Excellence in Future Low-energy Electronics Technologies

FLEET is developing a new generation of ultra-low energy electronics, to address the energy consumption used in the information technology industries.
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Centre for Ecosystem Science

The Centre for Ecosystem Science research focuses on the key uncertainties, risks and threats that face biodiversity in rivers and wetlands. We provide rigorous advice to government and communicate our research broadly in the community.
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Centre for Marine Science and Innovation

The CMSI focuses on researching fundamental knowledge on the functions, processes, interactions and changes in the marine environment and innovative solutions for management, conservation and economic developments.

Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology

CQC²T is an international research effort to develop a global quantum information network, ultra-fast quantum computation, secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.
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Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT)

SMaRT develops innovative environmental solutions for the world’s biggest waste challenges through strong relationships with industry and research partners from the metallurgical, materials, building, construction and mining sectors.
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Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)

CLEX - funded by the Australian Research Council - is a major initiative to improve understanding of processes that trigger or enhance extremes. Improved predictions will enable Australia to better cope with these events.

Centre of Excellence for Mathematics & Statistics of Complex Systems

MASCOS’ vision is to be a leading centre for statistical and mathematical design, optimisation and analysis of complex systems and to apply this research for social, economic, scientific and environmental benefit.

Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science brings together researchers and industry to harness innovative solutions for renewable energy. Discover more about our work.
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Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery

The CRE in Brain Recovery is the first centre worldwide to take a multidisciplinary, multisite approach to addressing the psychosocial rehabilitation of individuals following Traumatic Brain Injury.
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Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health

The Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health researches to optimise cognitive health and prevent cognitive decline.
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Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)

CCRC is one of the largest university research centres of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key areas of Earth's climate: atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes.
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Connected Waters Initiative (CWI) research centre

CWI is a multidisciplinary groundwater research centre of international and national standing, which continually advances knowledge and management of groundwater resources.
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Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre (ESSRC)

UNSW ESSRC is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest university research centres of its kind in Australia. It houses research expertise in many key areas of the 'palaeosciences' and related Earth and Environmental sciences.
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Evolution & Ecology Research Centre (E&ERC)

The E&ERC was established in 2007 to provide a cohesive environment for UNSW’S evolution and ecology research and training. The centre draws on the diverse strengths of over 50 academic staff and independent research fellows.

Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics

The Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics is a not-for-profit provider of genomic services, using state-of-the-art, technologies to deliver data of the highest quality to our end users.
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Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)

SIMS is a collaborative marine research institute that brings together scientists from universities across the greater Sydney region, government and museums. SIMS is the principal marine research institute on the South-East Australian coast.
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Systems Biology Initiative (SBI)

The SBI mission is to bring together expertise in proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics to do cutting-edge research in molecular systems biology. We provide collaborative bioinformatics expertise and services.
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