ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society 

Centre Director: Professor Julian Thomas

Administering Organisation: RMIT University

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making (ADM). ADM applies new technologies from machine learning to blockchains across a wide range of social sectors; it carries great potential and risks serious failures. The Centre combines social and technological disciplines in an international industry, research and civil society network. It will formulate world-leading policy and practice; inform public debate; and train a new generation of researchers and practitioners. Expected benefits include reduced risks and improved outcomes in the priority domains of news and media, transport, social services and health.

Participating Organisations: Queensland University of Technology; The University of Melbourne; Monash University; Swinburne University of Technology; The University of New South Wales; The University of Sydney; The University of Queensland; Data & Society Research Institute; Digital Asia Hub; Hans-Bredow-Institut; Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Australian Communications Consumer Action Network Limited; Australian Red Cross Society; Consumer Policy Research Centre Ltd; Google Australia Pty Ltd; The Bendigo Hospital; Cornell University, NY; Halmstad University,Sweden; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; University of Birmingham, UK; University of Oxford, UK; New York University; University of Maryland; Consumers Health Forum of Australia Ltd; Australian Council of Social Service; Max Kelsen Pty. Ltd.; Office of The Victorian Information Commissioner; Volvo Car Corporation; AW AlgorithmWatch gGmbH

ARC funding: $31.8 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Centre Director: Professor Janeen Baxter

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

The 2020 ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC2020) aims to deliver transformative research and translation to break the cycle of deep and persistent disadvantage for Australians. Critically, LCC2020 will tackle disadvantage in specific context to understand how people negotiate it daily in real places, and how best to design policies and programs that support improved life pathways. By understanding life course contexts much more finely and using new methods and better data to personalise responses to disadvantage, LCC2020 will deliver the evidence, infrastructure, capacity and partnerships to reduce disadvantage and better equip Australian children and families for emerging challenges.

Participating Organisations: The University of Melbourne; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia; Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; NSW Treasury; Anglicare WA; The Benevolent Society; Brotherhood of St Laurence; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Goodstart Early Learning Ltd; National Growth Areas Alliance; The Trustee for The Minderoo Foundation Trust As the Operator of a PBI; Auckland University of Technology; Boston College; University College Dublin; University of Essex, UK; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Southern Denmark; University of Wisconsin, Madison 

ARC funding: $32.1 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics

Centre Director: Professor Elisabetta Barberio

Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

The Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics will deliver breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe through the pursuit of the discovery of dark matter particles which comprise 80% of the mass of the universe. It assembles for the first time a strong and diverse team of physicists from particle, nuclear, and quantum physics as well as particle astrophysics. It will deliver high-profile experiments using new cutting-edge technologies. The Centre will exploit the unique geographical location of the first underground physics lab in the Southern Hemisphere. The ultra-sensitive detectors and ultra-low radiation techniques will translate into a broad range of industrial applications and train a new generation of scientists.

Participating Organisations: The Australian National University; The University of Adelaide; Swinburne University of Technology; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia; Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; Defence Science and Technology Group; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Princeton University, USA; National Institute for Nuclear Physics; California Institute of Technology, USA; Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg; University of Washington, Seattle; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The University of Sheffield, UK; Stockholm University, Sweden

ARC funding: $35 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

Centre Director: Professor Susan Danby

Administering Organisation: Queensland University of Technology

Our vision is for Australian children to be healthy, educated and connected. This Centre will integrate child health, education, and digital and social connectedness, innovating across disciplines to meet Australia’s ongoing challenges of supporting young children growing up in a rapidly changing digital age. The Centre’s world-leading team investigates children’s digital practices through three interconnected research programs supported by a longitudinal family cohort study and children’s technology laboratories. The Centre will address tensions in a contested field to inform government and non-government policy, technology innovation, and develop programs and guidelines for children, families, educators and technology developers.

Participating Organisations: Curtin University; Deakin University; Edith Cowan University; University of Wollongong, The University of Queensland; Springer International Publishing AG; Apple Australia Pty Ltd;  eSafety Commissioner; Google Australia Pty Ltd; Lego Australia Pty Ltd; Kinderling Kids Radio Pty Ltd;; Scitech Discovery Centre; California State University, Long Beach; Erikson Institute; Gyeongin National University of Education; Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy; Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Dublin City University; The London School of Economics and Political Science; Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK; University College London; University of Oslo, Norway;  The University of Sheffield, UK; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Uppsala University, Sweden; Australian Association for Research in Education; Early Childhood Australia INC; Department of Education; The Creche and Kindergarten Association Ltd; Australian Council on Children and the Media; Australian Human Rights Commission; Eat More Pixels Pty Ltd; Media Centre for Education Research Australia Ltd; SBS; The Smith Family; Child Australia NT; Playgroup WA (INC); State Library of Western Australia

ARC funding: $34.9 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals

Centre Director: Professor Kevin Galvin

Administering Organisation: The University of Newcastle

The aim of the Centre is to progress scientific knowledge to establish transformational improvement in minerals beneficiation, essential for meeting global demand for metals. The research aims to achieve more selective, faster, and efficient separations, combining major advances in separation technologies with increased functionality of new reagents. The Centre outcomes will also ensure the sustainability of the minerals industry in Australia, through a significant reduction in cost, environmental impact, and through lower energy and water usage. The Centre also seeks to establish a new generation of scientists and research leaders in minerals beneficiation to support the innovation needed into the future by this major Australian industry.

Participating Organisations: The University of Queensland; The University of Melbourne; Deakin University; Monash University; University of South Australia; Curtin University; The University of New South Wales; CSIRO; The University of Sheffield, UK; Southern University of Science and Technology; University of Colorado, Boulder; The University of Utah; Amira International Ltd; Flsmidth Pty Ltd; Outotec (Finland) Oy; Jord International Pty Ltd; Virginia Tech

ARC funding: $35 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science

Centre Director: Professor David Craik

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science (CIPPS) strives to build a critical understanding of peptides and proteins in order to unleash the potential of these biomolecules for human benefit. We will discover nature’s untapped reservoir of peptides and proteins, decode their structures and functions, and develop enhanced synthetic technologies to address biology’s next grand challenge—the design of peptides and proteins for targeted scientific, agricultural, biotechnology, animal health and pharmaceutical applications. CIPPS will assemble leading researchers from diverse disciplines to create a sustainable national entity that will drive new Australian industries and train next generation researchers.

Participating Organisations: The University of Sydney; The Australian National University; Monash University; Queensland University of Technology; Edith Cowan University; CSIRO; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Innovate AG Pty Ltd; Hexima Ltd; Nexgen Plants Pty Ltd; University of Washington, Seattle;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Tokyo; University of Oxford, UK; University of Southampton, UK; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Bioplatforms Australia Ltd; Boston Children’s Hospital; AstraZeneca AB; Beta Therapeutics Pty Ltd; ALMAC Group; Zealand Pharma A/S; AB SCIEX Australia Pty Ltd; Novo Nordisk A/S; Vapourtec Ltd; Questacon

ARC funding: $35 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

Centre Director: Professor Christine Beveridge

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will discover the adaptive strategies underpinning productivity and resilience in diverse plants and deepen knowledge of the genetic and physiological networks driving key traits. Using novel quantitative and computational approaches, the Centre will link gene networks with traits across biological levels, giving breeders an unparalleled predictive capacity. The Centre will accelerate technologies to transfer successful networks into crops and build legal frameworks to secure this knowledge. With a uniquely multidisciplinary team, the Centre will deliver new strategies to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in these areas.

Participating Organisations: University of Tasmania; Monash University; Macquarie University; Queensland University of Technology; The Crop Trust; The University of British Columbia; Kansas State University, USA; Harvard University, USA; Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; University of Saskatchewan; Institute of Genetics And Developmental Biology Chinese Academy of Sciences; Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation; Bioplatforms Australia Ltd; Dupont Pioneer; International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre; Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 

ARC funding: $35 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

Centre Director: Professor Ian Paulsen

Administering Organisation: Macquarie University

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) will provide the technical innovation critical for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation’s strengths in agriculture. For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine, cheese. Now, our Centre will pioneer new approaches to the design of synthetic microbes, enabling the development of custom-designed microbial communities, synthetic organelles and new to nature biological pathways and enzymes. CoESB will combine engineering with molecular biology to design and construct novel biological systems that can convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuel, bioplastics and other high-value chemicals.

Participating Organisations: The University of Western Australia; Queensland University of Technology; The University of Queensland; The University of Newcastle; The Australian National University; The University of New South Wales; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; The University of York, UK; University of Edinburgh, UK; National University of Singapore; The University of Manchester, UK; Imperial College London; Weizmann Institute of Science; Chinese Academy of Sciences; Amyris, Inc; LanzaTech Pty Ltd;  Gratuk Technologies Pty Ltd; Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd; Microba Pty Ltd; Spanish National Research Council; Manildra Pty Ltd; Australian Wine Research Institute; Molecular Warehouse Pty Ltd; Department of Primary Industries; Calysta Energy Inc; Bioplatforms Australia Ltd; Orbit Discovery; East West Capital Ltd; Neochromosome Inc; New York University; Scion New Zealand Crown Research Institute

ARC funding: $35 million over 7 years

ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems

Centre Director: Professor Dragomir Neshev

Administering Organisation: The Australian National University 

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will develop the next-generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale. The Centre brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to deliver scientific innovations in optical systems for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The research outcomes will underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, and ultra-fast light-based WiFi.

Participating Organisations: The University of Melbourne; RMIT University;  University of Technology Sydney; The University of Western Australia; California Institute of Technology, USA; University of Cambridge, UK; Northwestern University, Illinois; National University of Singapore; Friedrich Schiller University of Jena; Duke University; University of Oxford, UK; The Ohio State University, USA; University of Central Florida, Orlando; Tsinghua University, Beijing; University of California, San Diego; City University of New York, USA; Sun Yat-sen University; Seeing Machines Limited;  IEE S.A.; Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA; Hort-Eye Pty Ltd; Australian National Fabrication Facility Limited; Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication; Questacon

ARC funding: $34.9 million over 7 years