ATN excels at world-class research with real-world impact

Epilepsy researcherThe Australian Technology Network (ATN) has surged ahead in its performance in the latest Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) exercise, again reflecting the fact our members are among the world’s best young universities. The ATN received a ranking of world standard or above in more than 93 per cent of its research assessed under ERA, a jump from 84 per cent achieved in ERA 2012.

The ATN have excelled with a 65% increase in world leading research (rated above or well above world class with ratings of 4 or 5 at the 4-digit level) compared to 2012, the significant majority of ATN research now in this category.

 “These results are a testament to the high calibre academics in our universities, the quality of our institutions and demonstrates our commitment to world-leading research with impact,” says ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh.

All ATN member universities demonstrated excellence in Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural), Materials Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Nursing and Cultural Studies with all institutions achieving 4-digit ERA ratings of 4 or 5.

All ATN universities are making a significant contribution to discovery, particularly in STEM related areas. Our research strengths reflect our approach to deliver practical and innovative solutions to real-world problems.

 “Our focus on industry has not come at the expense of excellence in research, rather we have benefited from it. In fact, our world-leading research combined with our commitment to fostering partnerships and collaboration is why we are increasingly the partner of choice for industry.

“The ATN is committed to ensuring our research not only benefits our local community, but also addresses areas of national importance, societal challenges, global trends and improves the productivity and prosperity of Australia,” says Ms Hindmarsh.

On average 96% of our assessed research mapped to Australia’s National Science and Research Priorities is at or above world standard.

“Our researchers drive national and international innovation, economic development, social change and environmental sustainability. They are the key to unlocking our innovation capacity to keep Australia competitive on the global stage.

 “We are extremely proud of this recognition, and are committed to further strengthening our research excellence and improving commercialisation outcomes to benefit our local and global communities,” says Ms Hindmarsh.

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