Centres and groups

Priority Research Centres

Drug Development

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.

Reproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science conducts research that assists in the molecular understanding of key cellular processes that underpin germ cell differentiation and growth. The Centre is internationally recognised for its contribution to studies of human pregnancy and providing key information on a healthy start to life.

University centres

Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement

The Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement focuses on discovering key genes and biological processes controlling plant development and stress tolerance. Improving crop productivity and stress tolerance is crucial to underpin sustainable agriculture and social stability worldwide, so the Centre develops innovative applications to improve food security and agricultural sustainability by bringing together research teams of international excellence in plant biology.


HunterWiSE is an initiative that establishes mentorship avenues for women in STEM throughout the Hunter region; promoting positive collaboration and sharing of experiences.

Plant Science

The Centre for Plant Science is focused on the physiological and molecular mechanisms associated with the regulation of nutrient transport in higher plants.

Urban and Regional Studies

The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies engages in research focused on the complex political, economic, social, cultural and environmental processes and relations transforming cities and regions.

Water, Climate and Land

The Centre for Water, Climate and Land 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.

Faculty groups

Coastal and Marine Science

The Coastal and Marine Science (CaMS) Research Group is a cross-disciplinary team dedicated to improving the health and sustainability of our coastal and marine environments and the societies that depend upon them. The research spans across urban catchment environments, coastal waterways and lakes to the ocean; extending geographically from tropical to temperate locales.

Conservation Science

The Conservation Science Research Group at The University of Newcastle consists of a team of internationally recognised experts in biodiversity conservation with project experience in the natural environment and biodiversity; environmental monitoring, restoration ecology, behavioural ecology and cognition, instrumentation and analysis; marine pollution impacts; and sustainable adaptation in agriculture and forestry.

Environment and Climate

The Environment and Climate Research Group conduct internationally significant research in hydrology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and landscape modelling. We develop the science and translate it into information or tools that are useful for industry stakeholders or policy makers.

Environmental Water Science

Our research group study water’s importance to ecosystems and humans, its use and management as a resource, and its modification through contamination and pollution.

Exercise and Sport Science

Research within Exercise and Sport Science is interdisciplinary and diverse. Our research covers topics ranging from improving elite sports performance to the positive effects of exercise for both general and clinical populations.

Food Science

The University of Newcastle’s Food Science Research Group combines active research scientists involved in food, plant and marine science, human nutrition and agribusiness, delivering quality research and research education opportunities of relevance to the sector.

Marine Natural Products and Chemical Ecology

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, and their role in nature.

Metabolic Research

The Metabolic Research Group comprises academics 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.

Nanomaterials Research Group

The Nanomaterials Research Group is using advanced materials for application in energy storage, sensing and bioimaging.

Tectonics and Earth Resources

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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.