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
Director: Professor Ben Eggleton (right),The University of 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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
The Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a network of outstanding national and international partner organisations.
The Centre will improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will enable improvements in how Australia copes with extremes now and in the future. (climateextremes.org.au)
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 )
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
Director: Professor Scott Sloan (right), The University of Newcastle
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
Director: Professor John Piggott (right), UNSW Australia
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 )
ARC CoE Geotechnical Science and Engineering, The University of Newcastle