Flinders University


Flinders University is a globally connected, locally engaged institution that exemplifies teaching, learning and research excellence.

As co-occupants of the Flinders Medical Centre and a founding member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Flinders maintains its impressive tradition of fundamental discoveries and translation of our research across a range of Medical, Health, Clinical and Mental Health research areas. Leading Biomedical Engineering, Assistive Technologies and Digital Health researchers are also a vital component of our significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in our community and across the world.

Our research in Molecular Science and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Digital Health, Water and the Environment is translated into benefits for the community through our robust network of partnerships with organisations and industries, together delivering real-world solutions.

We contribute to our understanding of the world around us by diving deep into the past through our outstanding History, Archaeology and Palaeontology research, and we tackle today’s pressing social issues such as crime, the future of work and the social determinants of health equity.

90 per cent of our research has been ranked at or above world class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Flinders University’s main campus at Bedford Park in Adelaide’s inner south is spread across 165 hectares of beautiful natural bushland featuring thousands of trees and an array of wildlife. Our natural assets are complemented by an impressive new hub and plaza development at the very heart of the campus. A leading university for student experience, Flinders is rated number 1 in Australia across 9 International Student Barometer categories.

Our award-winning Computer, Science, Engineering and Mathematics facilities at the nearby Tonsley campus are located within South Australia’s premier Innovation District, facilitating our engagement with companies committed to the development and application of advanced technologies.

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1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

22 6.01

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 14 2.64
Physical Sciences 3 1.17
Chemistry 4 2.15
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.16

Highlight of the month

Fossilized fish skulls offer heady look at distant past

Reproduced from Ref. 1 via CC-BY-4.0

Reproduced from Ref. 1 via CC-BY-4.0

Meet Ligulalepis, our common fishy ancestor.

Searching in limestone outcrops of New South Wales, Australia, a team led by scientists from Flinders University recently unearthed the second skull found to date — and the most complete one yet — of this tiny prehistoric bony fish.

The researchers applied modern scanning techniques and powerful X-rays to these two preserved specimens — each only about a centimetre across — to reveal hidden features of Ligulalepis’ brain cavity. The 3D anatomical picture helped the team place the 400-million-year-old creature at the base of the evolutionary tree that leads to all bony fish, one offshoot of which includes humans and all other four-limbed vertebrates.

“This resolves the big question about what the ancestor of all modern bony fish looked like,” said Flinders paleontologist and lead study author, Alice Clement, in a press release. The results were published in the journal eLife.

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  1. eLife 7, e34349 (2018). doi: 10.7554/elife.34349

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See more research highlights from Flinders University

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1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 53.76% Domestic
  • 46.24% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

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