The University of Wollongong (UOW)


At UOW we recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. That’s why we have established an international network of campuses, partners and bright minds to foster a supportive research community that drives real change.

Our research priorities are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems. We’ve discovered human ancestors, partnered with NASA to find clues to climate change, collaborated with Twitter to manage monsoon flooding, built a bionic bra from intelligent fabrics and invested in a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope that will allow us to move from developing treatments to finding cures.

UOW’s strategic research initiative, the Global Challenges Program, provides a distinctive environment for collaborative challenge-led research to ultimately transform lives and regions. It encourages and develops creative and community-engaged research that helps drive social, economic and cultural change in our region, with the potential to be translatable across the globe.

UOW’s strong research partnerships with world-renowned organisations and industry work towards building a sustainable and equitable future for the 21st century. Through engagement, UOW builds bridges between academics, businesses and researchers and is working with our partners to grow the Illawarra’s innovation ecosystem and pursue the uptake of disruptive technologies that deliver positive economic impacts.

Our Innovation Campus (IC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct, home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working on developing “intelligent” innovative materials; superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design and maritime law and security. IC is also home to iAccelerate, a purpose-built business incubator and accelerator, with its two-stream program being the first of its kind in Australia. iAccelerate supports students, staff and the greater Illawarra community by providing the infrastructure, mentoring and education programs for great ideas to grow and helps connect entrepreneurs with funding opportunities.

UOW is proud to be among the best modern universities in the world. Throughout our 42 years as an independent university, we’ve built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking 151-200 in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. UOW is also ranked as the 17th best modern university in the world by QS Top 50 Under 50 2018.

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Wollongong (UOW) published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

87 20.61 20.61

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 14 4.13 4.13
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 1.31 1.31
Physical Sciences 45 11.23 11.22
Chemistry 49 12.51 12.51

Highlight of the month

Molecular origins of ALS

© Science Photo Library – KTSDESIGN/Brand X Pictures/Getty

© Science Photo Library – KTSDESIGN/Brand X Pictures/Getty

Protein clumps associated with ALS arise from precarious protein levels in motor neurons found in the spinal cord.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to muscle failure and is eventually fatal. It has been linked to clumps of apparently unrelated misfolded proteins, including SOD1, TDP-43, and FUS.

Now, a team including researchers from the University of Wollongong have created a list of all proteins found in ALS clumps and studied their concentrations in nerve cells. They found that, under normal physiological conditions, these otherwise unrelated proteins all exceed a critical concentration level in spinal motor neurons – nerve cells that control movement – that makes them more likely to cluster if the body can no longer balance protein levels as a result of ageing or disease.

The team generated a database that links protein supersaturation to cell dysfunction in ALS to provide further insight into the molecular origins of this disease.

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  1. PNAS 114, E3935–E3943 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1613854114

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Early human symbolic behavior in the Late Pleistocene of Wallacea

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 28.23% Domestic
  • 71.77% International

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

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

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