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“The answers to complex scientific problems can sometimes come from asking obvious questions”

Dr Nikola Bowden

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

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Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson Awarded Australia's Top Innovator

University of Newcastle Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO, the inventor of the Jameson Cell, has won the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation, the nation’s pre-eminent award for a significant advancement of knowledge through research. The Jameson Cell is estimated to contribute billions to the economy and is used in mines world-wide.

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Research and innovation clusters:
partnering with business and industry

Our hubs and clusters are collaborative cross-disciplinary research networks uniting our expertise and driving knowledge exchange.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cluster seeks to facilitate a united research partnership between members of the University of Newcastle, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and relevant health and community organisations in order to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Defence and Security
Our 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.
Creative industries
The 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.
Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation
The 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
The 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.

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan named the 2015 NSW Scientist of the Year

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan has had an outstanding year of achievements. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and this week was named the 2015 NSW Scientist of the Year.

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Research and innovation
at the University of Newcastle

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1. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 and QS World University Rankings 2014 2. QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ 2014 3. Hobson’s Good Universities Guide 2015 (socio-economic equity and generic skills)