The University of Newcastle, Australia

Challenging global perspectives

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences is committed to developing research and teaching skills that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.

From animal conservation work to human reproduction research, we are focused on developing solutions to the issues our planet, flora and fauna, and humankind face.

The fight for plastic free oceans

Emilee, a Bachelor of Science student at the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campus, has a vision of the world’s oceans free of plastic pollution.

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Study environmental and life sciences

Students in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences are taught by top academics and use world-class facilities while earning their qualifications. We also have strong connections to industry, which students can access through field trips and Work Integrated Learning opportunities.

Research

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences has developed an enviable reputation, with many of our researchers being recognised at both national and international level for their work studying our planet and life on it.

Latest news

Associate Professor Anthony Kiem

News • 23 Sep 2020

The University's Centre for Water, Climate and Land will partner with Japan’s Space Agency JAXA in an Australian first for Climate Research

Led by Associate Professor Anthony Kiem from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, this research will help better detect the beginning, end, spatial coverage, and intensity of droughts in Australia. This is a necessary first step in the development of adaptation strategies that reduce the economic, environmental, and social costs of droughts.

Image of Dr Andrew Magee with beach behind him

News • 22 Sep 2020

New outlook model indicates average to above average tropical cyclone activity and risk for Australia

Tropical cyclones have long been considered the most devastating weather phenomena to affect Australia.

Next Generation of Researchers Target Better Treatments for Childhood Cancer

News • 14 Sep 2020

Next Generation of Researchers Target Better Treatments for Childhood Cancer

The Isabella and Marcus Foundation passionately and tirelessly raises funds to support research into one of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a devastating paediatric brain tumour that kills more children than any other disease. Only 10% of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis, and less that 1% survive for 5 years. For promising young University of Newcastle researcher Evie Jackson the hope to change that is what drives her forward every day.

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Upcoming events

Event • 4 Sep 2020 from 6:00pm - 30 Sep 2020 until 6:00pm

Biomes Exhibition

Your Place on the Planet. Come and explore the region’s unique biodiversity through the beautiful collision of the arts and the sciences via our virtual exhibition for Biodiversity month.

RA GAP

Event • 22 Sep 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Grant Accelerator Program: Writing ROPE Statements

This session will provide top tips for writing successful Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) statements for Australian Research Council grant applications.

RA GAP

Event • 23 Sep 2020 from 11:00am - 12:30pm

Grant Accelerator Program: NHMRC Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies

This will be a facilitated discussion on the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies scheme and provide the opportunity for Q&A and advice.

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