NVPCC glasshouse films to reduce energy use and increase resource-use efficiencyFind out more...
The Hawkesbury Institute confirms its place in world research excellence:
The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) is a world leader in the development of biology-inspired Neuromorphic Perception Solutions. Harnessing the power of the centre’s pioneering research on neuromorphic sensors, algorithms and processing hardware, these energy-efficient solutions are set to transform data collection and processing in areas such as Space and aviation, smart manufacturing, automotive, agriculture and medical technology.
ICNS is already working with multinational firms such as Intel and Microsoft on the real-world application of these solutions and is actively seeking commercial partners for further collaborations.
1 February 2022
Western Sydney University researchers have contributed to a world-first study that estimates there are 73,000 tree species on Earth, including about 9,200 species yet to be discovered, of which 1,500 species are likely to be concentrated in northeast Australia and the Pacific Islands.
23 November 2021
A new online film series produced by the BBC is putting the spotlight on ground-breaking research by Western Sydney University that is revolutionising the future of food production.
18 November 2021
A group of Western Sydney University academics have been named amongst the most-highly cited researchers in the world in the latest Clarivate Highly Cited (HiCis) Researchers list for 2021.
30 September 2021
Western Sydney University has launched its vision for an Australian-first Agri-Tech Hub, a planned 6-hectare, high-tech commercial, teaching and research greenhouse complex in the heart of the Hawkesbury, to boost jobs and opportunities for the region.
25 August 2021
The aftermath of the Black Summer Bushfires will give researchers a rare standpoint to study the recovery of wild honey bees and other pollinators, providing important insight for growers facing future catastrophic events.
9 June 2021
RedEye and Western Sydney University are partnering to undertake world-first research to better understand the link between drought severity in rainforest areas and a subsequent intensification in bushfire seasons.
11 March 2021
New research from Western Sydney University, published in New Phytologist, can now offer an explanation for the phenomena known as eucalypt ‘die back’.
26 February 2021
Researchers at Western Sydney University in partnership with Cornell University, the University of Wollongong and the Australian National University, have found that male superb lyrebirds create an astonishing acoustic illusion of a flock of alarm-calling birds.
12 February 2021
The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power - buit heat impacts from large-scale solar could add to climatic changes.
14 January 2021
Remnant emu populations are right at the limit of their climatic suitability as the changes in rainfall patterns and threats from predation, habitat loss and other causes is putting pressure on these populations.
Drought detectives examine how Australian forests will cope with a hot, dry and fiery future...
Promoting the symbiosis between fungus and tree roots could have big benefits for forestry...
Taking the brakes off sugar production in crops could significantly boost food production...
Australian-led advancements in indoor cropping technologies provide hope for an increasingly strained agriculture sector...
Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn leads a study into why grass turns brown and what it means for grassland productivity is vital to Australian ecosystems and industry...
Prof Brajesh Singh is developing microbial engineering tools that could sustainably increase agricultural output to produce food for a rapidly increasing population....
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...
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...
Assoc Prof Matthias Boer and colleagues are developing a computer tool that maps where prescribed burning may be most effective...
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...
“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
The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:
Forestry and Agriculture - Top 150 in the world
Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 3% 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 2018 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...
Our Soil Biology and Genomics theme focuses on how environmental change influences the amazing diversity of life in soils, including its fungi, bacteria and animals... Read more about Soil Biology And Genomics
Our Plants, Animals and Interactions theme explores how these changes affect the ecology and physiology of plants and animals... Read more about Plants, Animals and Interactions
We explore how changes in climate, land use and cover affect the exchanges of carbon, nutrients, water, and energy. Using models, we integrate processes at scales ranging from leaf to globe. Read more about Ecosystem Function and Integration