Previously unknown species of bacteria are helping reduce the environmental impacts of alumina and aluminium production and saving the industries millions of dollars, a researcher at The University of Western Australia has found.
Pioneering researchers from the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) are developing new benchmarks for deep water engineering and exploration to unravel the complexities and unique characteristics of the North West Shelf ocean floor.
In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart, yet an applied research centre at The University of Western Australia last year produced a third of the University's publications in the top international journals Nature and Science, all from industry co-founded projects,demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.
Winthrop Professor David Lumley will give a free public lecture: Geophysical monitoring of WA natural gas and CO2 projects: balancing energy and environment at The University of Western Australia next Wednesday.
Gaye McMath, The University of Western Australia's Executive Director (Finance and Resources), has been appointed to the Australian Government's $1.5 billion Solar Flagship Council which will assess proposals for the construction of large-scale solar power stations in Australia.
The University of Western Australia has signed a collaborative agreement with the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and the University of Queensland to strengthen cooperation in mining research.
From monitoring burping sheep to decreasing the amount of laughing gas in the soil, The University of Western Australia (UWA) strongly contributes to the international investigation of climate change.
UWA's Institute of Agriculture (IOA) is the only institution in Australia to receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as part of the Climate Change Research Program for research into all three greenhouse gas areas - Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide.
Inspired by the challenges associated with providing energy both now and for future generations, the UWA Centre for Energy (UWACE) has been established within the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
Research at The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia is helping farmers adapt to climate change and improve soil fertility.
By increasing the levels of organic carbon in soil, farmers may be able to benefit from emissions trading schemes to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing organic carbon levels in soil also has a range of benefits for soil fertility and plant growth.
An internationally recognised geotechnical engineer at The University of Western Australia who has revolutionised the oil and gas industry's approach to pipeline design has won the Anton Hales Medal for 2010, recognising his contribution to Earth sciences.
Professor David White, who has worked as a consultant advising on the Gorgon Gas project, was recently awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council and is based at the UWA Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems.
The University of Western Australia's Emeritus Professor David Groves has been awarded the prestigious Penrose Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to earth sciences.
The medal is awarded each year by the US-based Society of Economic Geologists, the world's premier economic-focused earth science group.
Winthrop Professor Peter Cawood, winner of the internationally respected Mawson Medal in 2008, said the award was wonderful recognition of Professor Groves' excellent longstanding record of teaching and research at the University.
The century of cheap energy is behind us, according to an international energy expert visiting The University of Western Australia.
Lord Ron Oxburgh is Chairman of Falck Renewables, and an advisor on environment and energy to the Government of Singapore, Climate Change Capital and Deutschebank. A geologist, he was Chairman of Shell Petroleum UK.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered how ancient ore deposits hold the key to the Earth's evolution as well as helping pinpoint concentrations of metals important for the State's economic development.
The research, to be published today in the prestigious international journal Science, is a joint collaboration between UWA's Winthrop Professor Mark Barley, Dr Marco Fiorentini and Research Professor Stephen Beresford, and researchers at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Australia is following a complex, risky and speculative path on future energy needs when international experience shows a simpler path forward, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Chair Ziggy Switkowski told a conference in Perth today.
Meeting future demand for energy, particularly in non-OECD countries, would require innovative approaches across a range of energy sources, the In the Zone conference at The University of Western Australia was told today.