Global leaders driving world-class innovation
Ranked Australia’s number one young university by two independent, global ranking bodies, the University of Newcastle has a reputation built on high quality performance in research and academic excellence. Join us in reviewing some of 2014’s research and innovation highlights.
Our research has a global focus
The University of Newcastle is known for outstanding success in research.
Ranked in the top 3 per cent of the world's universities*, we are achieving research outcomes and excellence that registers on the global stage through collaboration with research peers, industry and the community.
Our researchers lead the world in fields as diverse as geotechnical science, engineering, energy and resources, education, English language and literature, geography, linguistics, sociology, reproductive biology, plant biology, applied mathematics, and health and medical sciences.
- Top 3% of universities in the world *
- No.1 university in Australia under 50 years of age **
- 5 Stars QS Stars overall maximum rating of five stars ***
** Times Higher Education 'Top 100 under 50' 2014 and QS 'Top 50 under 50' 2014
*** QS World University Rankings 2013
Research and innovation highlights
The University of Newcastle has a reputation built on high quality performance in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment. Our research in humanities and the creative arts is on a rapid and upward trajectory and we are a leader in Indigenous education and research. This has attracted some of the very best researchers in the world, providing an important platform for the development of critical mass and future growth of these key research fields.
Our researchers are also solving some of the world's biggest challenges, from population growth and the obesity epidemic to building a cleaner future and bringing species back from extinction. Join us in reviewing some of 2013's research and innovation highlights.
Our researchers are global leaders in their field.
Professor Sally Chan Health and Medicine
- 2013 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
- Collaborations: World Health Organisation, Hong Kong & Singapore Governments
- 300+ international healthcare publications
Professor Sally Chan Health and MedicineLeading the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sally is a global nurse academic of more than 20 years whose sustained research agenda has made a recognised impact on nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across Asia.
Professor John Maynard Historical Studies
- Key collaboration: NIRAKN, a multidisciplinary Indigenous research network, comprising 44 academics from 21 universities
- 41+ publications, 23 grants
- One of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history
Professor Xu Dong Zhang Oncology And Carcinogenesis
- Key discovery: a lack of molecule PIB5PA could be a major cause of melanoma
- Co-Director: Priority Research Centre
for Cancer, University of Newcastle
- $5 million+ in grants and funding
Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell Organisational Behaviour
- Consultant to leading international government agencies and business
- Irish, British and US Academies of Management Best Paper Awards
- Leads UON Organisational Research Collaboration
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan Civil Geotechnical Engineering
- Laureate Fellow Australian Research Council
- Leads ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science & Engineering
- Director of UON’s Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan Civil Geotechnical EngineeringProfessor Scott Sloan is a leader in computational modelling in the field, whose development of more efficient methods of calculating load capacity for buildings and structures is acclaimed around the world.
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson Chemical Engineering
- Awarded 2013 NSW
Scientist of the Year
- Inventor of the Jameson Cell
worth $26 billion in exports
- 54 grants and $19 million+ funding
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson Chemical EngineeringProfessor Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.
Associate Professor Nick Talley Gastroenterology
- Awarded 2014 American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Educator
- President-Elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- Discovered the bowel disease duodenal eosinophilia
Associate Professor Nick Talley GastroenterologyA world-leading neurogastroenterologist who has been an active researcher, educator, administrator and clinician for over three decades with a number of world-firsts and achievements in gastroenterological research.
Laureate Professor John Aitken Reproductive Medicine
Laureate Professor John Aitken Reproductive MedicineProfessor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.
Conjoint Professor Chris Levi Neurosciences
- Principal Investigator
Global acute stroke trial
- Director: UON Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health
- $11.5 million+ in stroke research grants
Laureate Professor Jon Borwein Applied mathematics and computer science
- Inventor: Borwein-Preiss Variational Principle and Barzalai-Borwein method in optimisation
- Listed by Microsoft Academic as Top 21 Mathematics Authors of all time
- 450+ published papers
Professor John Forbes Oncology And Carcinogenesis
- Recognised as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 ( Thomson Reuters)
- 49 grants, $30 million+ funding
and 750+ citations
Professor John Forbes Oncology And CarcinogenesisProfessor Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson‑Fisher Public Health And Health Services
- Awarded Order of Australia
for service to improving public health outcomes
- 400+ peer-reviewed research papers
- 86 grants and $20 million+ funding
Research and Innovation Clusters:
Partnering with Business and Industry
Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster
Creative Industries Research and Innovation ClusterThe Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster engages stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of the local contemporary creative economies, through strengthening multi and interdisciplinary research, enhancing knowledge transfer capability and addressing future skills requirements.
Defence and Security Research and Innovation Hub
Defence and Security Research and Innovation HubOur Defence and Security Research and Innovation Hub encourages engagement between government and industry stakeholders, creating an environment where opportunities for innovative solutions and research breakthroughs can be generated into practice for the benefit of the defence sector and its personnel.
Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster
Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation ClusterThe Food Innovation Cluster creates a shared environment for researchers, experts from the food and beverage industry and government members. Its collaborative framework delivers innovative approaches and creates new opportunities for the development of research breakthroughs that advance the food and beverage industry.
Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster
Global eHealth Research and Innovation ClusterThe Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster will lead research, development, translation and commercialisation of health technology for clinicians, teachers, educators and the general public. Currently in the establishment phase, it aims to facilitate collaboration between innovators from various disciplines across the university.
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Professor Pablo Moscato Computer Science
Professor Pablo Moscato Computer ScienceProfessor Pablo Moscato’s development of sophisticated algorithms and innovative mathematical approaches provides solutions to complex problems involving large scale datasets. His latest research is helping to address some of medicine’s greatest challenges.
Professor Andrew Heathcote Psychology
- Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow
- Collaborations: Defence & Security Industries
- Founder of Newcastle Cognition Laboratory
Professor Kevin Galvin Chemical Engineering
Professor Kevin Galvin Chemical EngineeringProfessor Galvin is one of Australia’s leading chemical engineers and innovators. In collaboration with industry, the application of his award-winning technology has been applied globally to the processing of raw materials worth billions of dollars per annum.
Professor Reza Moheimani Electrical Engineering
- 2014 IFAC Nathaniel B. Nichols Medal: the first Australian recipient of the award
Department of Defence, IBM Zurich, CSIRO
- 40 grants, 300+ publications, $19M+ funding
Professor Reza Moheimani Electrical EngineeringProfessor Reza Moheimani's research includes high-precision mechatronic systems, dynamics and control at the nanometer scale, applications of control and estimation in nanopositioning systems, high-speed scanning probe microscopy and MEMS.
Professor John Germov Sociology
- President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Education and Arts
- Published author of 18 books
Professor John Germov SociologyProfessor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Chemical Engineering
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Chemical EngineeringProfessor Behdad Moghtaderi is working with the Government and industry to solve global energy challenges through world-leading research in renewable energy and low emissions coal technologies. This will mean a cleaner environment – and save industry millions.
Associate Professor Sarah Johnson Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Awarded 2012 Australian Research Council Future Fellow
- Authored Iterative Error Correction
published by Cambridge University Press
- 16 grants, $2.9 million funding
Associate Professor Sarah Johnson Electrical and Electronic EngineeringAssociate Professor Sarah Johnson is developing next generation quantum key distribution (QKD) technology which has the potential to protect companies from espionage attacks and guard a country against cyber-terrorism.
Professor Mark Jones Mechanical Engineering
- Director: Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies and TUNRA Bulk Solids
- Head of School
School of Engineering, University of Newcastle
- 45 grants, $9 million funding
Professor Mark Jones Mechanical EngineeringWith a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.
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Gary Crawfoot Three-minute Thesis Competition - First Place
Gary Crawfoot Three-minute Thesis Competition - First PlacePhD Nursing student Gary Crowfoot has won first prize in the challenge to explain in less than three minutes his research on healthcare pathways for people with Transient Ischaemic Attack (pre-emptive mini-stroke).
Lee Ashton Three-minute Thesis Competition - Second Place
Akshaya Kamalnath Three-minute Thesis Competition - Third Place
Akshaya Kamalnath Three-minute Thesis Competition - Third PlacePhD Law student Akshaya Kamalnath won third place in the challenge to explain her research in less than three minutes questioning whether having women on company boards leads to less risky decision-making.
Aaron Wong Graduate Research Student
Aaron Wong PhD (Computer Science) candidateAaron Wong's latest work is breaking new ground in companion robot technology. The cutting edge development will enable a robot to connect with a human user based on shared emotional experiences.
Delivering solutions for the
community - and the world.
Professor Paul Dastoor Condensed Matter Physics
- Key collaborations:
Australian Federal Government, U.S. Air Force
- Solar Paint technology featured on ABC TV's
The New Inventors program
- 152 published papers, 103 grants
and $12 million funding
Professor Paul Dastoor Condensed Matter PhysicsDesigning revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.
Professor Clare Collins Nutrition and Dietetics
Professor Clare Collins Nutrition and DieteticsNutrition and Dietetics Professor Clare Collins is breaking new ground with her innovative approach of translating complex diet quality data predicting the risk of disease and death, into web-based tools and practical healthy lifestyle programs that people of all ages can access.
Professor Jenny Gore Human Movement And Sports Science
Professor Jenny Gore EducationLeading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.
Professor Phil Morgan Human Movement And Sports Science
- Awarded 2012 Young Researcher
- Designed world-first Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids obesity prevention program
- 27 international and national academic awards and 41 grants
Professor Phil Morgan Human Movement And Sports ScienceProfessor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.
Professor Mel Gray Humanities and Social Science
- Led the first interdisciplinary research study on crime prevention in schools in South Africa
- Editor of Australian Social Work and International Journal of Social Welfare
- Widely published author on developmental, cross-cultural and comparative social work