Faculty excels with excellent ERA and EI results

Faculty excels with excellent ERA and EI results

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has performed exceedingly well in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings and 2018 Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) results, released by the Australian Research Council last month.

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In ERA, at the 2-digit code level all our research areas were rated as above or well above world standard.

This is a tremendous outcome for the Faculty! Well done to all our academics and research support staff, and especially to David Coutts our Associate Dean, Research.

Our researchers in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences received the maximum ERA 5 rating, meaning their research is rated as well above world standard.

Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences have maintained this rating since ERA 2010.

Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences and Engineering received an ERA 4 rating meaning their research is rated above world standard.

Professor Barbara Messerle, Executive Dean of the Faculty, says she was particularly pleased that Engineering and Computing which have been the focus of long-term strategic investment, performed so well.

At the 4-digit level three areas submitted for the first time— Macromolecular & Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, and Horticultural Production—were all rated as well above world standard.

In the inaugural EI results over 80 per cent of the ratings our research areas received for engagement, impact and approach to impact were medium or high.

Environmental Sciences received a high rating for engagement, Earth Sciences received high ratings for impact and approach to impact, and Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences received high ratings for all three.

Our impact studies that received a high rating included building a disease-resilient and more diverse oyster industry; TerraneChron delivers a powerful tool to help discover new mineral deposits; and cross-cultural biodiversity surveys in eastern Arnhem Land.

Overall, these results show that our approach leads to world-leading research that is having a real impact, says Barbara.

“Macquarie’s strategic investment in, and focus on, quality and innovation has strengthened established research areas and launched emerging research areas that enable us to undertake this world-leading research with world-changing impact for the betterment of humankind, our societies, economies, and the environment,” says DVCR Sakkie Pretorius.

“Macquarie’s many research strengths – from biological, environmental and clinical sciences, philosophy, physics, agriculture, applied ethics, neuroscience, linguistics, pure mathematics, computing, finance and engineering to genetics, optical physics, environmental management and ecology – will do much to address some of the most pressing global issues including food security, climate change, hearing loss, chronic diseases and medical ethics.”

Find out more about our ERA ratings and EI results.

Published 4 April 2019.

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