School of Science Research

Driving Breakthroughs in Sustainability, Computational Techniques, Climate Change, New Material & Renewable Energy

Driven by world-leading academics pushing the boundaries of knowledge in sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy, researchers at UNSW Canberra’s School of Science are tackling the complex challenges facing us in the 21st century. 

We are a thriving, passionate, and internationally networked community with a history of innovation, teaching, and learning. Our research draws knowledge from both traditional and emerging fields. We look at real-world problems from all angles, combining the expertise and talents of scholars in our interdisciplinary approach.  

With world-class facilities and a strong track record in securing funding, our academics and students engage in cutting-edge research that covers a range of approaches and perspectives. We collaborate with several national and international institutions to contribute to advancing science for the future of the world.   

Discover how we’re enhancing the fundamental nature of our world and become part of our collaborative community of excellence when you research with us. 

From understanding the dynamics and impacts of bushfires to tracking the survival of little penguins – we use mathematical methods and scientific computing to find practical solutions to real-world problems.


We apply the physical laws of microphysical processes to explain astronomical events and determine the lifecycle of stars, planets, and galaxies in the Universe as well as how the Universe has changed with time.   

Using our understanding of human behaviour through aspects like decision-making, habit, and motivation, we investigate ways in which these promote healthy, resilient adjustments to an increasing range of pressing social problems.

We monitor and analyse coastal changes caused by human activity and climate change to develop strategies that will protect coastal systems for future generations. 

Our researchers work at the intersection of science and art to explore the challenges posed through changes to the human way of life, applying social scientific thinking to help resolve social conflicts and environmental crises.

Drawing from the natural and social sciences, we seek to understand the applied and conceptual environmental challenges facing our planet and its inhabitants.  

From water purification and the development of new drug delivery methods to understanding the fundamental properties of metals, we examine the physical properties of molecules and how they interact to develop new materials and technologies.

We explore elementary and analytic number theory, with a particular focus on the distribution of prime numbers and the properties of the Riemann zeta-function.

We are developing novel approaches and techniques to understand the structure, movement and reactions of molecular systems in the absence of an experiment.

As the world’s population continues to increase and the effects of climate change become more severe, we are playing a key role in developing cost-effective desalination and water treatment technologies to address the water shortage challenges facing our planet. 

Learn With Us

From chemistry and sub-atomic physics to oceanography, ecological conservation, and behavioural science, you can help effect positive change in our communities and planet. No matter what your passion, you’ll find study options to advance your career with UNSW Canberra’s School of Science.  

Become part of our diverse community of science students and study a Bachelor of Science.  

Taught by leading academic staff in a supportive and close-knit environment, this course is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to launch your career in science.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments in science and offer superior programs and research opportunities across a range of study areas.  

As one of our PhD or Master of Philosophy research students, you'll connect with an exceptional community of passionate thinkers who use research to transform the world we live in.

Our professional education courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge in a range of different areas.  

Develop in-demand skills by learning from experts and benefit from their deep industry knowledge and strong connections.  

We support educational excellence and provide several opportunities for both domestic and international students to apply for scholarships to support their academic journey. 

Our People

Our vibrant team are global leaders in science research and teaching. Use our search tool to meet our team and learn more about our professors, lecturers, research associates, and more.

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