Did you know? The Melbourne Research Institutes

April 11 / 59

The University of Melbourne aspires to be a publicly spirited institution. In terms of the research agenda, this means harnessing the University's great research strengths in the pursuit of pressing societal problems. To facilitate this, the University has established five Melbourne Research Institutes to complement its already established research centres and institutes.

There are currently five University-level interdisciplinary Melbourne Research Institutes. It is anticipated that two or three will be added in 2011, so that the portfolio of Institutes better reflects the breadth of the University’s research endeavour.


Unlike the University's long-established Research Institutes, Bio21, the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Melbourne Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research, the Melbourne Research Institutes are 'virtual' institutes: they do not employ continuing academic staff, and are located within custodial faculties.

The Melbourne Research Institutes enhance the University's research profile, seek significant new partnerships and increase the University's responsiveness to external priorities.  

The Melbourne Sustainable Society institute (MSSI) highlights and promotes sustainability research that brings together researchers from different disciplines to develop and advance solutions for a more sustainable society. MSSI’s mission is both to develop technological innovations and to focus on the social aspects of implementation and change. 

The Melbourne Materials Institute brings together world-class researchers from Bio21, Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology and Immunology, and provides interdisciplinary solutions to tackle today’s great challenges in communications, medicine, energy and sustainability. Current MMI research projects include the Bionic Eye, tissue engineering, nanoscopic imaging and drug delivery, and non-invasive imaging of nano and bio function using nanocrystal diamond.

The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) is a cross-disciplinary research institute dedicated to innovations in products, services and end-user experiences that maximise the benefits of new broadband technologies to Australian society. The Institute's activities cover a wide range of fields including Education and Learning, Health and Wellbeing, Business and Service Transformation, Network Deployment and Economics, and Smart Communities and Infrastructure.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute focuses the University’s cross-disciplinary neuroscience research activities to enhance their productivity and impact, increase funding for neuroscience research, and enable more efficient use of existing facilities and infrastructure. 

The Melbourne Energy Institute is meeting the challenges and concerns presented by climate change: diminishing resources, and rising energy demand provide one of the key challenges of our time. The Melbourne Energy Institute takes an interdisciplinary and collaborative research approach to this challenge and advances research towards securing a sustainable, affordable energy supply into the future.  

Further information, http://ri.unimelb.edu.au/. 

This article includes excerpts from Institutes in Action, published by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration) through Melbourne Research, February 2011. Editor Silvia Dropulich. To read the full publication,  http://ri.unimelb.edu.au/docs/ria-2010.pdf . 

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