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TV Spotlight for Frank Reith

Research from the EI has a huge international impact, as shown in a special episode of a German TV show featuring our very own Dr Frank Reith. Dr Frank Reith, aka the Man with the Gold Bug, has been featured in a TV special for German station ZDF. Reith was featured on Leschs Kosmos, a science […]

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Nominate a scientist this Science Awards season!

Its awards season! Yes, even the science community has an awards season which includes some very prestigious honours to some very deserving scientists. Here are four awards that you should apply or nominate someone for. SA Science Excellence Awards The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry […]

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Workshop: Time for Research

The work-life-research balance can be hard to strike, let alone maintain. This new workshop hopes to help researchers manage the many demanding tasks of academia. Title: Workshop: Time for Research When: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Friday, March 17, 2017 Where: 214, The Braggs Cost: Free, but bookings recommended. As a busy academic do you feel like you never have […]

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Our next gen “Attenborough” filming new doco

It’s not every day that a film crew shows up to showcase your latest scientific discovery, but for Liz Reed, that’s exactly what happened. A new documentary by The Discovery Channel is following research by Liz Reed, fellow at the Environment Institute. Reed, along with collaborators University of Adelaide and the University of New England, made sensational fossil […]

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FameLab seeks next great science communicator

Are you the next great science communicator? If so, FameLab wants you to compete in the world’s largest science communication competition. FameLab challenges budding science communicators to explain a scientific concept to a general audience in just 3 minutes. To enter the competition, contestants must submit a video entry showcasing their communication prowess. Several entrants […]

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EI welcomes Kristofer Helgen!

The Environment Institute is pleased to welcome Kristofer Helgen, who has just been appointed Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Helgen is an internationally renowned zoologist and joins us following his role as curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He has discovered approximately 100 new species of […]

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Environment Institute 10 Research Highlights 2016

1. Genetic profiling of trees helps convict timber thieves  Our researchers helped convict National Forest timber thieves in a landmark case in the United States. An international team including Dr Eleanor Dormontt and Professor Andy Lowe developed DNA markers for certain trees. This was used to create a DNA profiling reference database of trees which could be used in […]

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Environment Institute Top 10 Publications 2016

It has been another productive year of research for the Environment Institute in 2016. Showcased below are 10 of our most pivotal journal articles of the year*. 1. Cultural innovation and megafauna interaction in the early settlement of arid Australia. Nature This paper describes research proving that humans occupied Australia’s arid interior and began developing sophisticated tools […]

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Vicki Thomson secures Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Fellowship

A big congratulations to Dr Vicki Thomson (School of Biological Sciences) who has been awarded one of only four Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Fellowships from the Australian Academy of Science. The fellowship, which is valued at $88,000, will enable Dr Thomson to undertake work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. She will study the disease […]

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Media Release: Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation’s most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. The findings, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, reveal that the same […]

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