Image: Dr Jones and Professor Holmes at CSIRO holding a section of printed solar cell. Image courtesy: Tracey Nicholls.
23 October 2015

Organic electronics is a rapidly-widening niche within materials science that promises to deliver novel technologies such as flexible video displays, ‘e-paper’ that mimics real paper in look and feel, and flexible organic solar cells.

Dr Wallace Wong, who is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Melbourne, is an expert in the characteristics of all kinds of organic electronic materials and has been finding ways to increase their efficiency and durability by precisely manipulating their material structure, and applying new synthesis techniques.

19 July 2015

The Intergenerational Report (IGR) is the Australian Government’s periodic assessment of where our changing demography is taking us in the long term. The most recent IGR was released in March 2015.

In April, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) organised a public forum to promote community awareness and understanding of the 2015 Report, and the issues it raises.

Image: PhD student Jackson Tan. Image courtesy: NASA. Photo by Patrick Black, Wallops Flight Facility.
19 June 2015

Researchers around the world aim to achieve a first author publication in Nature, but few succeed. So, it was no small feat when PhD student Jackson Tan at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science succeeded with his paper, Increases in tropical rainfall driven by changes in frequency of organized convection.

Jackson has since moved on to work with NASA but credits the incredible advantages of working in an ARC Centre of Excellence both with his PhD success and the doors it has opened for his future career.

Image: The ANU system is installed at LIGO. Image courtesy: LIGO.
19 June 2015

The hunt for gravitational waves—ripples in space-time—is the continuation of a search that began when a human first cupped a hand to their ear to hear a distant sound.

By tuning into the electromagnetic spectrum with telescopes we can now probe deep space, and glean information from gamma rays, light and radio waves that are from celestial objects in distant galaxies.

Image: Professor Vladimir Jiranek and PhD candidate Lieke van der Hulst at the launch of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production. Image courtesy: The University of Adelaide.
19 June 2015

The wine industry is big business in Australia and our exports are strong. Australia is around the 6th highest wine exporting country in the world.

What we often don’t think about when sipping our favourite drop is the science behind the wine making process.

ITRP announcement
19 June 2015

Research industry partnerships will be strengthened further following the announcement of $40 million for nine new ARC Research Hubs and Training Centres.

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, announced the funding outcomes for the most recent Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Programme (ITRP) round while visiting The University of Adelaide in May.

ERA 2015
19 June 2015

As the middle of the year approaches, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 is now in full swing.

Following extensive preparations in 2014 with the release of the ERA 2015 submission documentation, the ERA team visits to universities Australia wide, and the completion of the electronic identification (EID) tagging, the first half of 2015 has seen the completion of a number of major milestones for ERA.

Image: Professor David Clarke in the Science of Learning Research Classroom control room. Image courtesy: The University of Melbourne.
19 June 2015

A new and innovative research classroom officially opened at The University of Melbourne earlier this year will allow researchers to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the neuroscience of learning.

The Science of Learning Research Classroom was officially opened in March by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan.

Image: Fred Farrall (c. 1916), the year before he displayed the first symptoms of 'shell shock'. Fred sent this picture as a postcard from France to his aunt in Australia: ‘Dear Auntie, this is a dinkum War Service photo & pretty rough of course, but stil
24 April 2015

On the eve of the 100-year commemoration of Gallipoli it is timely to reflect on why this anniversary of Anzac Day is of such national significance.

Answers may emerge from the narrative engendered by Anzac Day, a narrative which has been drawn into focus around key milestones, such as the 50th anniversary in 1965 or the 75th in 1990.

Image: Propaganda poster from 1917.
23 April 2015

Dr Elizabeth Greenhalgh is a research fellow at The University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy), and is an Australian historian who specialises in the First World War.

She has been awarded ARC Discovery Projects grants to undertake innovative research on the war, and her latest project uses archival material held in France and Germany to uncover the neglected story of the French battles in 1915.