The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)



Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is an international leader in research, learning and teaching — attracting students from more than 150 countries.

It is consistently ranked among the world’s leading universities, with international rankings placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–2016).

The University of Melbourne’s success as a leading teaching and research organisation is based on the notion that our people are our point of difference. We strive to create and maintain a work environment which attracts and retains the best research workforce, including graduate researchers and professional staff who provide essential contributions to research.

Our academics are renowned researchers and industry leaders, recognised globally for their achievements. Our graduates are valued by employers across the world for their academic excellence, cross-cultural fluency, and active global citizenship.

Research at the University of Melbourne

Excellence in research is core to the University of Melbourne’s mission. The University is a globally-engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive university with the capacity to make significant contributions to global social, economic and environmental challenges.

The University of Melbourne is committed to nurturing scholarship, to developing new insights and promoting a wider understanding of the world in which we live. Through its ‘Research at Melbourne’ strategy, the University has committed to cherish and cultivate investigator-driven research in the fundamental enabling disciplines, while pursuing applied solutions to three Grand Challenges:

  • understanding our place and purpose
  • fostering health and wellbeing
  • supporting sustainability and resilience.

These Grand Challenges draw on the deep disciplinary expertise and scholarship of our researchers — who are working toward discoveries that contribute to the global reserve of knowledge, and inform major shifts in thinking. Importantly, the Grand Challenges are embedded across the University through its precincts and partnerships as well as through our international and graduate research training agenda.

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) published between 1 August 2018 - 31 July 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.

519 99.38

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 278 50
Earth & Environmental Sciences 66 18.64
Physical Sciences 150 18.66
12 4.12
5 0.17
6 0.83
3 1.21
1 0.02
23 0.37
30 2
4 0.22
1 0.70
3 0.42
6 2.36
1 0.45
1 0.27
4 1.10
7 0.12
19 1.47
3 0.29
7 1.36
2 0.82
1 0.14
11 0.21
Chemistry 61 22.82

Highlight of the month

Termite mounds mitigate methane

© Arthit Thi-Ngakhruea/EyeEm/Getty

© Arthit Thi-Ngakhruea/EyeEm/Getty

Methane-loving microbes in the walls of termite mounds keep emissions of the greenhouse gas in check.

Termites are the cows of the insect world, digesting plants and releasing methane with abandon. They are behind 1–3% of global emissions, but the precise quantity is debated, suggesting that methane processing within mounds is not well understood.

A team that included researchers from the University of Melbourne injected methane into termite mounds then sucked it out again to find that around half had been absorbed. Bacteria in the mound walls and soil beneath consume the methane and turn it into oxygen.

The team used a computed tomography scanner to look inside mounds without damaging them, revealing an internal structure that facilitates methane transport.

Measuring methane emissions from mounds could enable researchers to calculate how many termites are hidden within and gain insights into the ecology of these insects.

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  1. PNAS 115, 13306–13311 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1809790115

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 32.08% Domestic
  • 67.92% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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