The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni)


The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and teaching institution situated in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities. Founded in 1874, we are Australia’s third oldest university, South Australia’s clear research leader, and consistently rank inside the world’s top 140.

Our reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates.

We currently have 12 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2019), and, since 2001 our academics have received 11 coveted Australian Research Council Federation and Laureate Fellowships.

Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest- discipline leaders from around the globe and close to 8,000 international students from more than 90 countries, representing around 29% of our near-27,000 total student body.

Research impact

The University of Adelaide is committed to conducting future-making research with global impact. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, we address the world’s greatest challenges.

Our researchers work closely across multiple disciplines and in productive partnership with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe.

The resulting outputs are universally rated ‘world standard or above’ by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment (2018). This includes the highest possible rating in 41 distinct fields, spanning engineering, mathematics, science, medical and health sciences, agriculture and artificial intelligence.

Importantly, our work generates tangible community benefit. A London Economics report commissioned by the Go8 in 2018 valued our total contribution to South Australia’s economy at over AUS$4.23 billion.

2018 Times Higher Education world university rankings and the QS rankings

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni) published between 1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020 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
236 41.12

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 35 8.15
Physical Sciences 101 9.56
2 0.33
2 0.93
5 1.80
1 1
19 1.10
Fisher information and the weak equivalence principle of a quantum particle in a gravitational wave
Higgs boson production cross-section measurements and their EFT interpretation in the 4ℓ decay channel at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Measurements of the Higgs boson inclusive and differential fiducial cross sections in the 4ℓ decay channel at s = 13 TeV
Velocity independent constraints on spin-dependent DM-nucleon interactions from IceCube and PICO
Direct measurement of the muonic content of extensive air showers between 2×1017 and 2×1018eV at the Pierre Auger Observatory
Measurements of top-quark pair spin correlations in the 𝑒𝜇 channel at √s=13 TeV using pp collisions in the ATLAS detector
Search for a scalar partner of the top quark in the all-hadronic 𝑡𝑡¯ plus missing transverse momentum final state at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Search for direct production of electroweakinos in final states with one lepton, missing transverse momentum and a Higgs boson decaying into two b-jets in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Measurement of the transverse momentum distribution of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in proton–proton collisions at √𝑠=13TeV with the ATLAS detector
Measurement of the 𝑡𝑡¯ production cross-section and lepton differential distributions in 𝑒𝜇 dilepton events from pp collisions at √𝑠=13TeV with the ATLAS detector
Search for light long-lived neutral particles produced in pp collisions at √𝑠=13 TeV and decaying into collimated leptons or light hadrons with the ATLAS detector
Search for electroweak production of charginos and sleptons decaying into final states with two leptons and missing transverse momentum in √𝑠=13 TeV pp collisions using the ATLAS detector
Measurement of long-range two-particle azimuthal correlations in Z-boson tagged pp collisions at √s=8 and 13 TeV
Development of an analysis to probe the neutrino mass ordering with atmospheric neutrinos using three years of IceCube DeepCore data
Performance of electron and photon triggers in ATLAS during LHC Run 2
Transverse momentum and process dependent azimuthal anisotropies in √𝑠NN=8.16 TeV p+Pb collisions with the ATLAS detector
Measurements of top-quark pair differential and double-differential cross-sections in the ℓ +jets channel with pp collisions at √s=13 TeV using the ATLAS detector
Measurement of K0S and Λ0 production in tt¯ dileptonic events in pp collisions at s√= 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Measurement of flow harmonics correlations with mean transverse momentum in lead–lead and proton–lead collisions at  with the ATLAS detector
27 2.50
1 0.08
1 0.17
3 0.05
3 0.24
1 0.03
2 0.04
15 0.28
1 0.22
3 0.43
15 0.38
Life Sciences 75 7.79
Chemistry 46 19.09

Highlight of the month

Taking sharper images of proteins faster

© Aitor Diago/Getty

© Aitor Diago/Getty

A powerful technique for imaging protein structures, cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM), has just got more powerful thanks to the development of a specimen support stage that minimizes specimen movement.

Structural biology has witnessed an explosion in the number of protein structures that have been determined in recent years using cryo-EM. But while cryo-EM recently achieved atomic resolution, one problem that has prevented it from realizing its full potential is sample movement induced by the electron beam.

Now, a trio that included a researcher from the University of Adelaide in South Australia has shown that most of the sample movement is caused by buckling of the ice used to support the sample.

Using this knowledge, they developed a gold specimen support stage that eliminates this buckling and keeps specimen movement to less than an angstrom, allowing them to obtain sharper images faster.

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  1. Science 370, 223–226 (2020). doi: 10.1126/science.abb7927

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 17.64% Domestic
  • 82.36% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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