HIE ERA4

Excellence In Research Australia

 

The Hawkesbury Institute confirms its place in world research excellence:

  • 8 Fields Of Research rated as Well-Above World Standard (the highest ranking)
  • Continued strengths in previously highly-rated Fields Of Research
  • HIE's broad interdiscliplinary areas of expertise combine to offer excellence in the sciences

Latest News, Events And Highlights

2 December 2019

The potential for large, intense fires is determined by four fundamental ingredients: a continuous expanse of fuel; extensive and continuous dryness of that fuel; weather conditions conducive to the rapid spread of fire; and ignitions, either human or lightning. These act as a set of switches, in series: all must be “on” for major fires to occur.

15 November 2019

Dr Renée Marchin Prokopavicius has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

14 November 2019

Researchers have found that native bees can pollinate strawberries effectively in sealed glasshouse conditions.

18 October 2019

Associate Professor Jeff Powell has been a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship for the research project, 'Understanding mycorrhizal phenotypes using functional traits'.

10 October 2019

Professor Belinda Medlyn from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has been named the 2019 ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow.

Awarded to one female academic in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines each year, the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowship scheme supports outstanding Australian and international researchers to build Australia’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers.

21 August 2019

New research has found faecal transplants can safeguard the future of koalas and help them adapt to new food sources, leading to a potential solution for relocating koalas between populations.

31 July 2019

Ground-breaking Western Sydney University research reveals adding silicon to wheat crops (Triticum aestivum) increases leaf silicon levels, enhancing tolerance to attacks by chewing insects.

The Future Makers Magazine - Issue 3

 

Microbes on wheat roots

Prof Brajesh Singh is developing microbial engineering tools that could sustainably increase agricultural output to produce food for a rapidly increasing population....

Sowing Seeds For the Future of Forests

Dr Paul Rymer is searching for genetic features that contribute to trees’ adaptation to climate change, so that they can be taken into account for forest management...

Seeing the forest through the trees

Professor Belinda Medlyn and colleagues have been developing models of forests that can be used to predict how they will be affected by changes in temperature, rainfall and carbon dioxide...

Answering Burning Questions

Assoc Prof Matthias Boer and colleagues are developing a computer tool that maps where prescribed burning may be most effective...

Plan Bee

Prof James Cook is leading a five-year, $19 million research push to better understand bees’ role in crop pollination, so that when Varroa arrives, Australia is prepared to minimise the damage...

Meet Our Distinguished Professors

“It has been very rewarding to be at the forefront of climate change science and see that this work has been valuable to scientists and citizens alike.” - Distinguished Prof David Tissue


2018 QS University Rankings

 

The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:

  • Academic peer review
  • Faculty/Student ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • Employer reputation
  • International student ratio
  • A measurement of the diversity of the student community
  • International staff ratio

 

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Agriculture and Forestry Top 150

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Environmental Sciences Top 300 2018


Global Rankings And Research Quality

Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research was rated at 5 Stars for Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences by the 2015 Excellence In Research Australia rankings conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Western Sydney University is ranked among the top 20 Australian universities for achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants. Nearly a third of the University's ARC grant income is achieved by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Find out more...

Top 20 Universities In The World