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 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 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.

Count Share
34 5.62

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 5 0.69
Life Sciences 22 3.30
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 0.92
Chemistry 4 1.38

Highlight of the month

When snakes strutted the Earth

© Elaine W Zhao/Getty

© Elaine W Zhao/Getty

Snakes may have wandered about on legs for 70 million years before becoming the slithering serpents we see today.

Our understanding of how snakes evolved their long, legless bodies and highly mobile skulls is limited due to huge gaps in the fossil record.

A team that included researchers from Flinders University in South Australia used computed tomography scans to study the shape of eight well-preserved skulls of legged snakes recently discovered in northern Patagonia, Argentina.

The skull morphology is most similar to that of the ancient legged snake, Najash, but retains several lizard-like features alongside the emergence of adaptations to the jaw bones that enable snakes to swallow enormous snacks whole. The age of these fossils and those of other limbed snakes suggest that serpents sauntered about from 170 to 100 million years ago.

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  1. Science Advances 5, eaax5883 (2019). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax5833

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 34.65% Domestic
  • 65.35% International

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

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

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