School research

Our School is one of the largest in the University and has a diversity of science-based disciplines that achieved impressive ERA rankings in 2012.

These outstanding achievements provide excellent graduate outcomes and attract researchers and academics who are experts in their field, including Laureate Professor John Aitken who is renowned internationally for his research into reproductive biology and was named NSW Scientist of the Year in 2012.

Our father and son team, Dr John Clulow and Simon Clulow are also leading the charge into the conservation of the green and golden bell frog and along with Professor Michael Mahony are deeply involved with the Lazarus Project which made TIME Magazine's 25 Best Inventions for 2013.

 Priority Research Centres

Chemical BiologyChemical Biology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology seeks to unravel the causes of disease by identifying crucial biological targets and pioneering the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

 University Institutes and Centres

Australia-China Research Centre for Crop ImprovementAustralia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement

Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences is Director of the Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI) .  ACRCCI focuses on discovering key genes and biological processes controlling plant development and stress tolerance for innovative applications to improve food security and agricultural sustainability by bringing together research teams of international excellence in plant biology and breeding.

Frontier Geoscience (IFG)Frontier Geoscience (IFG)

The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience (NSW IFG) is focused on research and teaching in Earth Sciences at the University of Newcastle. The Institute is a partnership of the University of Newcastle with the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services and NuCoal Resources Ltd and provides teaching, research leadership, and research facilities to contribute to the sustainability and viability of the minerals and mining sectors in NSW.

Plant SciencePlant Science

The Centre for Plant Science (CPS) enjoys long standing national and international recognition in discovering physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating nutrient transport in higher plants and the development of specialised transport cells.

Tom Farrell Institute for the EnvironmentTom Farrell Institute for the Environment

The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) is the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle. The Centre's vision is to help develop regional solutions for a sustainable future. We aim to integrate the University's teaching, research and community engagement into those solutions.

Urban and Regional StudiesUrban and Regional Studies

The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) engages in research focused on the complex political, economic, social, cultural and environmental processes and relations that are transforming cities and regions.

Water, Climate and Land-useWater, Climate and Land-use

The Centre for Water, Climate and Land-use aims to conduct internationally relevant research in "the critical zone", and develop the scientific insights related to climate, water and soil, so that these can address industry needs and guide policy development in sustainable resource management.

Faculty Groups

The Advanced Chemistry Group (ACG) is the major research grouping in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle.

The Environmental Biology and Biotechnology Research Group brings together research scientists interested in establishing impact monitoring, conservation and management tools for Australia's unique fauna and ecosystems.

The Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG) conduct internationally significant research in hydrology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and landscape modelling.

Water is a basic component of human existence and the support system on which people and ecosystems depend. The academics in this research group study its importance to ecosystems and humans, its use and management as a resource, and its modification through contamination and pollution.

Research within Exercise & Sport Science is diverse and project populations range from elite athletes to low back pain patients.

Marine Natural Products Chemistry is the study of the structure and chemistry of compounds produced by marine plants and animals such as algae and sponges.

The Metabolic Research Group comprises academics within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences who have interests in studying metabolism at the cellular, tissue and body levels. Research focuses on measuring alterations to homeostasis at the cellular level in the case of bacteria and the whole body in relation to responding to external stimuli.

Research into nutrition, food and health at the University of Newcastle's Ourimbah Campus makes a significant contribution to the Faculty of Science & IT research portfolio. The scope of research encompasses both novel and traditional areas of food, nutrition and biologically active natural products.

The Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments Research Group undertakes research to support the sustainable use and conservation of the living resources and environments of coasts and catchments, the preservation of their related social values, and the development of innovative techniques, management and conservation strategies with a particular emphasis on marine conservation.

In broadest terms, our research examines the lithospheric processes that form the physical environment in which we live. This research is achieved within a plate tectonic framework that focuses on the formation and dispersal of continents.