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

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.

Aug 4

Participants at our Soil Biology Masterclass will learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.

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.

9 November 2020

Research at Western Sydney University into flowering plant pollination has shown that native bees and exotic European honeybees can support plant pollination together, with different crops and plants attracting different varieties of insect pollinators.

6 November 2020

Two of the Institute's early career researchers have received prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (ARC DECRA), to focus on priority areas of research for the benefit of Australia and its international communities.

21 August 2020

New research led by scientists at Western Sydney University and published in BMC Biology shows that flying-foxes are always on the move among a vast network of roosts, creating key challenges for their management and conservation in Australia.

'The Future Makers' Magazine

 

Bringing Ag Indoors

Australian-led advancements in indoor cropping technologies provide hope for an increasingly strained agriculture sector...

Leaves Of Grass 170

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...

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

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

Forestry and Agriculture - Top 150 in the world


Global Rankings And Research Quality

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...

Top 20 Universities In The World