The University of Newcastle, Australia

Defence cluster ignites engagement

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The University of Newcastle Defence Security and Innovation Cluster showcase has highlighted how the work of the University's top defence researchers is being applied to solve real life challenges.

Defence cluster conference

The annual event encourages greater engagement between University of Newcastle (UON) researchers and the established defence industry in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Through the development of a framework for collaboration, the Cluster aims to create an environment where new opportunities for innovative solutions and research breakthroughs can be translated into practice for the benefit of the defence sector.

Leading expert on Australian foreign and defence policies, Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds, said that UON had become a key player in the development of defence and security innovations and was working towards establishing some of Australia's largest collaborative defence research projects.

"The University of Newcastle has long been involved in teaching and research in the area of Australian defence," he said.

"Our impact includes recent citations of Newcastle research by the US Congressional Research Service, which influenced a renewal of cooperation in nuclear research; as well as a joint international project into Australia's role in the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and another on the history of terrorism.

"We have also had an official volume published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a recent article about nuclear submarines and the Royal Australian Navy in Security Challenges, Australia's leading strategic studies journal.

"It is also important to note that the current head of mission to the UN and member of the Security Council, Gary Quinlan, was a history graduate of this University."

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