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
27 2.50
1 0.08
1 0.17
3 0.05
3 0.24
1 0.03
2 0.04
15 0.28
Search for Higgs Boson Decays into a Z Boson and a Light Hadronically Decaying Resonance Using 13 TeV pp Collision Data from the ATLAS Detector
Search for Axionlike Particles Produced in e+e− Collisions at Belle II
eV-Scale Sterile Neutrino Search Using Eight Years of Atmospheric Muon Neutrino Data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory
Characteristics of the Diffuse Astrophysical Electron and Tau Neutrino Flux with Six Years of IceCube High Energy Cascade Data
Features of the Energy Spectrum of Cosmic Rays above 2.5×1018  eV Using the Pierre Auger Observatory
Dijet Resonance Search with Weak Supervision Using s=13 TeV pp Collisions in the ATLAS Detector
GW190521: A Binary Black Hole Merger with a Total Mass of 150 M⊙
CP Properties of Higgs Boson Interactions with Top Quarks in the tt¯H and tH Processes Using H→γγ with the ATLAS Detector
Search for Heavy Higgs Bosons Decaying into Two Tau Leptons with the ATLAS Detector Using pp Collisions at √s = 13 TeV
Measurement of the Lund Jet Plane Using Charged Particles in 13 TeV Proton-Proton Collisions with the ATLAS Detector
Time-Integrated Neutrino Source Searches with 10 Years of IceCube Data
Measurement of Azimuthal Anisotropy of Muons from Charm and Bottom Hadrons in pp Collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector
Distinguishing Quarks and Gluons in Pion and Kaon Parton Distribution Functions
Search for Magnetic Monopoles and Stable High-Electric-Charge Objects in 13 Tev Proton-Proton Collisions with the ATLAS Detector
Quantum-Enhanced Advanced LIGO Detectors in the Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy
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

View the article on the Nature Index

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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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