Flinders University


Flinders University is a comprehensive, research-intensive university that embraces both the technological and the social challenges inherent in many problems.

Over recent years, the issue of models of care, such as caring for the elderly, for those with disabilities or those with mental health and wellbeing challenges, have increasingly taken centre stage in our communities.

Flinders has been proactive in combining technological and social research to tackle these issues head-on, with focused research initiatives led by the recently established Caring Futures Institute, the Órama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space and the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre.

Other areas of focus for Flinders’ research are the technological and social challenges we are seeing in industrial production as the world transitions to advanced forms of manufacturing, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0.

The depth and breadth of the direct connections between our researchers and industry are a vital component of our research activities. We work in close partnership with businesses, not-for-profit enterprises and government to ensure that our research results in the types of innovation and transformation that benefit society.

There is no question that the challenges facing the world are great, but our capacity to rise to the challenge is what defines research excellence at Flinders University.

In 1966 when Flinders University was established, founding Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Karmel stated his ambitions for the university "we want to experiment, and experiment bravely". In the spirit of this tradition, we recognise the "brave minds" of our researchers in BRAVE Minds (Edition 2).

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Flinders University published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 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
42 8.83

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 27 4.25
Chemistry 5 2.49
Earth & Environmental Sciences 11 1.93
Physical Sciences 2 0.48

Highlight of the month

Modelling coral reefs in all their diversity

© Georgette Douwma/Stone/Getty Images

© Georgette Douwma/Stone/Getty Images

A model that more accurately predicts the health of coral reefs will help inform efforts to save this important and endangered ecosystem.

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. But that diversity makes it challenging to predict how they will respond to existential threats such as global warming, pollution and invasive species.

Now, a computer model that draws on decades of data to simulate coral reefs has been developed by a researcher at Flinders University in South Australia and collaborators in Canada and France.

Extensive testing revealed that the model accurately simulates coral reefs. It can predict the life cycles of coral colonies and algae, and hence more accurately predict how reef communities respond to threats. This model will help identify reef resilience and help improve reef management and restoration strategies.

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  1. eLife 9, e55993 (2020). doi: 10.7554/elife.55993

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 40.8% Domestic
  • 59.2% 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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