News, research and experts from the University of Melbourne
Traffic engineers from the University of Melbourne have joined with Austrian tech firm Kapsch TrafficCom and the Victorian Department of Transport to introduce a world-leading traffic management system using the latest technology to reduce traffic jams and improve road safety at one of Melbourne’s busiest traffic hotspots.
Australian ingenuity will deliver the next generation of road barriers made with concrete and end-of-life tyres to increase public safety and decrease waste.
Victoria’s regulatory system leaves home-buyers vulnerable, but the Government has an opportunity to raise the bar for builders.
Australia can’t rely on industry and charities to feed people during disasters - government must lead in food security.
Global warming threatens both the yield and survival of crucial crops. By understanding how extreme heat impacts plant genetics, researchers aim to breed in more resilience.
Zero-emission buses are important but we also need to redesign suburban networks to get people out of their cars.
The increasing use of digital technologies in medical screening may lead to a rise in overdiagnosis that could be prevented by a new focus on patient data
If an algorithm makes a decision about you that you think is unfair, a lack of process can make it difficult to challenge, appeal or even contest that decision
With the Federal Government pausing the next Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) round, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne Professor Marie Sierra writes now is a good time to consider the value, and growing influence, of non-traditional research outputs.
Tiny Bright Things – a Microscopy company transforming the way researchers and manufacturers see and measure tiny objects – has announced it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to drive their ‘Halo’ microscopy products to market.
Researchers have found a material that quickly kills bacteria in drinking water, creating a safe and cheaper alternative to chlorine.
Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop aims to help the city become more equitable – but better integration of land use and transport could deliver more benefits for less money
Global fintech Airwallex has embarked on a pivotal partnership with the University of Melbourne, which will help build the next generation of Australian tech leaders.
The world is experiencing a food crisis linked to war and climate change – but there are some possible solutions to soften the blow
Global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions provided a natural experiment in understanding the relationship between transport and air pollution
As artificial intelligence advances, should we be concerned about robots and virtual bots pretending to be human or human like?
Researchers are working to understand whether robots are able to battle social isolation in older adults by initiating conversations, playing games and providing general support.
Academic publishing by authors after their death has increased significantly in biomedical fields since 2000. In the absence of current guidelines, the findings highlight the need for an agreed framework to recognise deceased authors.
Nine University of Melbourne mid-career researchers have been awarded Australian Research Council Future Fellowships across areas including engineering, health and social sciences.
A world-first trial to capture geothermal energy in the foundations of the Metro Tunnel’s new State Library Station could start a revolution in clean energy to keep buildings warm in winter and cool in summer.
In the world of software development, third party software libraries are a common form of code sharing for developers. Most open-source material has been apolitical, but a new form of ‘protest-ware’ is emerging – varying from genuine social protest to deliberate malware.
University of Melbourne researchers will partner with community sector organisations to provide evidence intended to inform policy responses to family violence, as part of a new reform agenda commissioned by Family Safety Victoria.
Using evidence from research into the ways Indigenous Australians engage with the healthcare system and experience health, a new educational resource has been introduced in the Melbourne Medical School to embed Indigenous ways of knowing into health communication and training of medical students and the medical workforce.
e-Plan, a partnership between the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, and the Vic government has modernised the Victorian land administration system.
An MOU with Rockwell Automation will help Australian industries use digital innovation to reach their decarbonisation goals.
Three University of Melbourne projects have been shortlisted for Australia’s premier science awards – the Australian Museum’s 2022 Eureka Awards.
The end of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) research initiative leaves a legacy of collaborative research, outreach and thinking about planetary health, and human and species wellbeing.
Academic, advocate, singer and now filmmaker, Tiriki Onus discusses the film made by his grandfather William "Bill" Onus and the new documentary it inspired.
Applications are now open for the Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program (AUSCEP).
The University of Melbourne has published a snapshot of its research achievements during 2021 in its latest Annual Report
June 2022: The University of Melbourne visited Osaka University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and launch a joint research initiative.
Stroke patients around the world may soon have an effective new rehabilitation resource at their disposal, thanks to University of Melbourne researchers and their collaborators.
The School of Computing and Information Systems has partnered with the Algorand Foundation to develop a first-of-its-kind subject in blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies for Masters’ students.
Researchers are looking at ways to make water purification simple by developing pencils that can draw cleansing catalysts on any surface – and can be transported to where they are needed safely, cheaply and easily.
Driven by their passion to help combat climate change, three chemical engineers commercialised their ground-breaking methane capture technology. Read their commercialisation tips, recently shared in Nature.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Dr Anita D’Aprano, a consultant paediatrician and senior research fellow in Indigenous health in the Department of Paediatrics.
Health professionals have marginalised the issue of domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV) with many survivors being retraumatised when interacting with mental health services a new report from the Lancet Psychiatry Commission has found.
Using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the performance of implantable microphones – an integral component of Cochlear implants – has won support from the Medical Research Future Fund’s REDI Fellowships initiative.
Entrepreneurship and innovation in the Australian health sector is set for significant expansion, following the announcement of a new Clinical Entrepreneurship program for health professionals.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and MacKillop Institute are calling for a whole of sector rethink about the delivery of residential aged care in Australia, arguing the system should move beyond a ‘nursing’ model to a concept of residential settings as home sanctuaries for residents.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Professor Alex Felson from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is a landscape architect and certified senior ecologist, whose work and research focuses on climate adaptation and resilient cities.
April 2022: The Universities of Melbourne, Manchester and Toronto have announced new funding to develop bi and trilateral research projects between the three institutions.
Australia is a key exporter of minerals and metals to the world and the resources sector is a cornerstone of Australia’s economy. The worldwide demand for minerals and metals continues to increase unabated.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Associate Professor Ajibade Aibinu. His research focuses on helping the construction industry use machine learning and artificial intelligence to find efficient solutions to cost blowouts.
A world-leading traffic management system using the latest technology will reduce traffic jams and improve road safety at one of Melbourne’s busiest traffic hotspots.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne are part of a world-first project to develop a blueprint for an electricity network that supports local low-carbon technologies.
March 2022: The University of Melbourne is building our research relationship with the University of Hokkaido, with a joint conference and the launch of a Research Workshops Fund.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Professor Denny Oetomo, a roboticist and mechanical and mechatronics engineer and co-director of the University’s Human Robotics Laboratory.
Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Dr Samintha Perera has been awarded the Australian Academy of Sciences 2022 Dorothy Hill Medal for early career researchers.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have partnered with Pfizer to build on crucial research that will likely change the game for cancer immunotherapy.
The University of Melbourne is establishing a world-class research lab for de-extinction and marsupial conservation science thanks to a $5 million philanthropic gift.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Associate Professor John FitzGerald, an expert in drug and alcohol policy whose research focuses on the cultural significance and lived experience of substance use.
Victoria is set for a boost in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, thanks to a new partnership between the University of Melbourne and Buka Australia – the newly-launched technology hub of Indonesian “unicorn” Bukalapak.
A new Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Cryo-electron Microscopy of Membrane Proteins has been established at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Dr Jonathan Kemp from the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, who discusses the emerging partnerships between universities and government to conserve our heritage.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO, inventor of Recaldent. He shares his experience working with partners to commercialise important oral health research.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Dr Donna Lyon, a film producer and senior lecturer in producing at VCA Film and Television, who uses boxing and writing to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Laureate Professor Kate Smith-Miles, from the Faculty of Science. She's an applied mathematician, working with industry partners to solve optimisation problems.
The MATRIX institute is a partnership between the Australian National University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne that provides key infrastructure for facilitating and supporting research in the mathematical sciences.
The University of Melbourne and RMIT University have partnered with the Melbourne-based company OJAS to develop an ‘upcycling’ facility that will convert end-of-life photo-voltaic modules to ‘value-added’ materials.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Associate Professor Graham Brodie, from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. He designed an antenna that can effectively channel microwave energy to kill weeds, without the use of chemicals.
A University-born start-up has developed a world-first device that helps severely paralysed patients operate digital devices with their minds. Securing AU$52 million venture capital funding, it is set to begin clinical trials in the US.
Researcher profile series: Introducing Professor Andrea O’Connor. This top researcher in biomaterials, tissue engineering, antimicrobial materials and medical devices discusses her passion for collaborative research with real-world impact.
November 2021: Student exchanges, joint research and mutual bids to industry and funders, will be part of a new post-COVID alliance between the Universities of Melbourne, Manchester and Toronto.
November 2021: The University of Melbourne is growing its relationship with Japan, another global leader in research and innovation.
October 2021: A partnership between the University's of Melbourne and Toronto offers new opportunities for collaboration in areas of common scholarly interest.
A new online training module about PMD development has been licensed to PRAXIS Australia.
Take part in a University of Melbourne study on the benefits of physical activity and brain health in middle and older aged people.
The expert view, from the best researchers in the world, on the effectiveness of vaccines is irrefutable. Watch!
August 2021: An agreement between the Berlin University Alliance and the University of Melbourne will increase PhD opportunities for graduate researchers.
Neo-Bionica, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Bionics Institute, will manufacture prototype implantable medical devices.
Beyond the Bars is a live radio series which airs the songs, poetry, opinions and conversations of Indigenous men and women in Victorian prisons. It has been broadcast by 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne since 2001.
What’s being done across the Australian agriculture industry to respond to climate change and reduce emissions? What’s possible through research and investment? How can we as food consumers help? Register now.
Learn about research that is preserving Indigenous languages, using theatre to explore Aboriginal justice, and improving rural health. Join events across the University. Find opportunities for Indigenous researchers. View Indigenous collections.
Take part in the AgeHAPPY survey to help identify factors that promote healthy ageing and brain health throughout life.
Researchers will use the particle accelerator test system to develop the technology and explore industrial and medical uses.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne are coming together to launch Melbourne Climate Futures to contribute to greater action on climate change.
To overcome COVID-19, we need new, practical ideas to reset Australia. Learn about some of the possibilities in a series of events featuring economist Professor Ross Garnaut AC, author of the new book, Reset.
A new report from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute recommends changes to the Victorian mental-health system to safely include consumer workers.
The Illumina-University of Melbourne Genomics Hub aims to use genomics research to help develop personalised treatments for diseases such as cancer.
The Australian Institutes for Infectious Diseases and Global Health will be established in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. The $550 million facility will strengthen Australia’s capacity to respond to current and future pandemics such as COVID-19, as well as local and global infectious diseases.
Nominate eligible books for digitisation, and help the Untapped project make out-of-print Australian books available to new audiences.
Dr Anthony Fauci joins Conversations on COVID-19: The global view, a new series exploring the pandemic and its effects.
Professor Terry O’Brien will describe research and efforts to reduce the risk of sudden unexplained death in people with epilepsy. Register now.
People with multiple sclerosis and the medical community have two evidence-based guides on lifestyle changes that can reduce the impact of the disease.
A new booklet about indigenous plant use aims to share Indigenous knowledge with people living in Victoria.
In a post-COVID world, can creativity and innovation help build a brighter future? Drawing on insights from Australia’s next generation entrepreneurs, Dr Tina Seelig will challenge you to explore creativity in your own life. Register now.
What could you do with research mentoring, funding and facilities? Apply now for the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Community Fellows Program.
New research finds that many people living in share housing in Victoria are facing a precarious future as a result of COVID-19, with reports of job losses and financial stress.
Xeglyze™, a head lice treatment from Hatchtech based on University of Melbourne research, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The Australian Epilepsy Project is competing for Medical Research Future Fund support to improve epilepsy diagnosis throughout Australia.
The University has made 12 recommendations in response to the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap for creating a low-emissions future.
OPTIMA, an industry-university partnership, has received $A4.86 million from the ARC to develop optimisation tools and skills.
A data-driven approach to analysing and improving business processes based on 10 years of University research has been commercialised as spin-out company Apromore Pty Ltd.
Research projects ranging from ecology and artwork conservation to energy and immunology will share $A150 000 through the University of Melbourne – University of Toronto Joint Research Program.
The PEBBLES study is testing a skin cream designed to reduce the chance of babies developing allergies. Researchers need more families to take part.
An in-home epilepsy diagnostic technology that is helping to reduce diagnosis waiting times, create efficiencies in the health system and make diagnosis accessible to people living in remote and regional areas, is to be launched in the UK and Germany.
The University of Melbourne carries out research to enrich our understanding of the world. To grow the store of human knowledge. And to address major social, economic, health and environmental challenges. We instil this spirit of discovery in future generations of researchers. And we ensure that all our graduates have essential research skills.
The University is one of the largest and most productive research organisations in Australia. In 2018, we invested more than $A1.2 billion in research. We have thousands of research projects underway at any one time.
I am immensely proud of this University and its research workforce. Our researchers create, curate and critique the knowledge that helps society thrive. They are at the forefront of fields as diverse as Indigenous knowledge, human rights law, quantum computing, vaccine development, and fine arts and music. They work together to respond to the world’s biggest challenges. And to enlarge the knowledge and understanding of what it means to be human.
The research we conduct on behalf of society is enriched through collaborations with industry, government and the community. And by working together with other universities in Australia and around the world. Indeed, we benefit in many ways from our rich global networks and a thriving international student community.
I invite you to explore how the University of Melbourne is discovering, creating and sharing knowledge through research.
Professor James McCluskey