Centres of Excellence

Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence are prestigious hubs of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia's international standing in areas of national priority.

Many are headquartered in NSW, including centres for photovoltaics, astrophysics, autonomous systems, climate science, geodynamics, electromaterials, quantum computation, photonics, population ageing and cognitive disorders.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence program represents the highest calibre of publicly-funded research within the Australian research system.


Current ARC Centres of Excellence (CoE) headquartered in NSW include:


ARC CoE for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems Professor Ben Eggleton

ARC CoE for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems
Director: Professor Ben Eggleton (right),The University of Sydney

Headquarters: The University of Sydney  Other NSW involvement: Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney

CUDOS brings together a powerful team of Australian and International researchers in optical science and photonics technology, our efforts will lead to significant advancement in the capabilities and knowledge in this crucial field. (source: www.cudos.org.au )


ARC CoE for Electromaterials Science logo Professor Gordon Wallace

ARC CoE for Electromaterials Science
Director: Professor Gordon Wallace (right), University of Wollongong

Headquarters: University of Wollongong  

The Federal Government funded ACES through the Australian Research Council in 2014 to turn our knowledge of materials into the next generation of 'smart devices' for the benefit of the community. (source: www.electromaterials.edu.au / www.uow.edu.au ) 
 


ARC CoE in Cognition and its Disorders logo Professor Stephen Crain

ARC CoE in Cognition and its Disorders
Director: Professor Stephen Crain (right), Macquarie University

Headquarters: Macquarie University  Other NSW involvement: UNSW Australia (research node), University of New England (collaborating institution), The University of Sydney (collaborating institution)

This ARC Centre of Excellence offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders, and their treatment. (source: www.ccd.edu.au / www.hearingcrc.org )


ARC CoE for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) logo Professor Elaine Sadler

ARC CoE for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
Director: Professor Elaine Sadler (right), The University of Sydney

Headquarters: The University of Sydney

By answering fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, by developing innovative ways of processing enormous data-sets, and by providing a diverse set of opportunities for students and young researchers, CAASTRO aims to establish Australia as the world-leader in wide-field astronomy. CAASTRO is uniting the world's top astronomers in a focused collaborative environment and is changing the way we understand the Cosmos. (source: www.caastro.org.au / www.sydney.edu.au )


ARC CoE for Climate System Science logo Professor Andrew Pitman

ARC CoE for Climate System Science
Director: Professor Andrew Pitman (right), NSW Australia

Headquarters: UNSW Australia  Other NSW involvement: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (partner)

The Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. It will build on and improve existing understanding of the modeling of regional climates to enable enhanced adaptation to and management of climate change, particularly in the Australian region. (source: www.climatescience.org.au )


ARC CoE for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology Professor Michelle Simmons

ARC CoE for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology 
Director: Professor Michelle Simmons (right), UNSW Australia

Headquarters: UNSW Australia

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T) is an international research effort to develop the science and technology of a global quantum computing information network, encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, absolutely secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing. (source: www.cqc2t.org / www.unsw.edu.au ) 


ARC COE for Core to Crust Fluid System logo Professor Suzanne O'Reilly

ARC COE for Core to Crust Fluid System 
Director: Professor Suzanne O'Reilly (right), Macquarie University

Headquarters: Macquarie University  

The Core to Crust Fluid System Centre of Excellence will integrate previously disparate fields - geochemistry, petrophysics, geophysics and numerical and thermodynamical modelling - to reach a new level of understanding of Earth's dynamics and the fluid cycle(s) through time. (source: www.ccfs.mq.edu.au / www.mq.edu.au ) 


Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering logo Professor Scott Sloan

Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering 
Director: Professor Scott Sloan (right), The University of Newcastle

Headquarters: University of Newcastle  Other NSW involvement: University of Wollongong (research node)

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE) is pioneering new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries. (source: www.cgse.edu.au )


Centre of Excellence of Population Ageing Research Professor John Piggott

Centre of Excellence of Population Ageing Research 
Director: Professor John Piggott (right), UNSW Australia

Headquarters: UNSW Australia  Other NSW involvement: The University of Sydney (research node), NSW Trade & Investment (partner)

Based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) with nodes at the Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney, CEPAR is producing world-class research on population ageing. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is a unique collaboration bringing together academia, government and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the twenty first century. (source: www.cepar.edu.au / www.anu.edu.au )