Institutes, Centres and Groups
Within our schools we have established international reputations and formed strong, viable research centres and groups. We are increasing our industry partnerships in the Hunter region and beyond through applied research and development collaborations. Over the last several years the Faculty has worked towards consolidating research including multidisciplinary research groups in order to take advantage of economy of size and the climate of decreasing government funding. This has proven particularly successful in attracting significant external research funding.
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Priority Research Centres
The Priority Research Centre for Drug Development 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.
The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals. Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby. Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.
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.
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.
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.
The Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) focuses on understanding and dealing with the impacts of climate variability and change in the Asia-Pacific region. Of particular interest are hydrological extremes and how these may change in the future. Other areas of expertise include characterising impacts of climate variability and change, seasonal/interannual hydroclimate forecasting, extreme event (e.g. flood, drought, bushfire etc.) risk analysis, hydrological modelling, stochastic modelling, water resources management and climate-smart agriculture.
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 ecosystem
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 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.
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Priority Research Centres
The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.
The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualisation.
The Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation conducts cutting edge research on emerging energy technologies, with particular focus on the abatement of greenhouse gases and clean and sustainable energy production.
The Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics is focused on the scientific challenges in the development of organic photovoltaics for the next generation of environmentally friendly energy sources, photonics and biosensors.
The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise and experience in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making, to reduce costs, increase productivity, and positively impact their triple bottom line.
The Centre for Space physics examines space weather to better understand its impact on billions of dollars worth of spacecraft and related infrastructure.
The Medical Physics Research Group comprises physicists based within the Radiation Oncology Department, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. We are a member of the Centre for Information Based Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. We are closely aligned with the Prostate Cancer Trials Group and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) which organise and conduct clinical trials throughout Australasia.
Quantitative modelling of complex systems is integral to all areas of business, industry and government in which decisions are made on the basis of data. Improved methods and models for understanding, predicting and improving systems in areas such as Health, Science, Finance, Engineering and the Environment are of central, national importance.
Our primary research focus is on the modelling and analysis of the structure of the surface of solids from the surface atomic layer through to the bulk.
School of Psychology
Priority Research Centres
The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental and Physical Health.
Cognitive Psychology takes a broad and integrative approach to understanding mental processes.
The Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group conducts fundamental and applied research into factors associated with psychological well-being and physical health across the lifespan.
Neuroscience in the School of Psychology embraces contemporary questions in sensory, cognitive and affective function in human and animal models of brain and behaviour.
The Social and Organisational Psychology research group is a multidisciplinary research group.