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Launch of UNSW Futures Institutes
Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
It has been my pleasure along with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs, to launch the first set of UNSW Futures Institutes. As part of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy, we announced last year a UNSW Futures initiative to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, driving interdisciplinary and cross-faculty approaches to research. As part of this initiative, UNSW will invest up to $200M in new and emerging areas that build on and link our existing strengths.

Following a highly competitive round of quality proposals, I warmly encourage all staff to join us on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to celebrate the launch of the first set of UNSW Futures Institutes, meet with the Institute Directors and find out more about their research plans. Register now.

• UNSW Ageing Futures Institute – to be led by Professor Kaarin Anstey
Enabling optimal ageing for individuals and society.
• UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute – to be led by Professor Chris Goodnow
Inventing technologies to decode individual cell DNA, chromatin, RNA, and protein outputs that will be used for precise diagnosis and precision treatment of human disease.
• UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute – to be led by Professor Joe Dong
Future-proofing global energy systems to ensure reliable, secure, affordable, sustainable energy supply.
• UNSW Materials & Manufacturing Futures Institute – initially led by Professor Sean Li pending a definitive appointment. This institute will address transforming the future of materials and manufacturing research in energy, transport, information technology, and healthcare.

If you have an idea for a bold, new, interdisciplinary research endeavour, a second round of applications for UNSW Futures will open in late 2019. You can find out more about the UNSW Futures initiative on our website.

Creating Tomorrow's Materials Today
Professor Chun Wang is creating smarter, stronger materials for aerospace, transport and civil infrastructure.
Lead announced for the Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation
International disaster risk-reduction expert and Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Architecture at UNSW, Professor David Sanderson, has been selected to lead the fifth UNSW Grand Challenge, Rapid Urbanisation.
The challenge will cover everything from mitigating and adapting to climate change and disaster risk, to the impact of urbanisation on human rights, to how we prevent and manage chronic disease in urbanised populations. With over 25 years of experience working across the world in development and emergencies, Professor David Sanderson is ideally placed to lead the challenge.

Rapid Urbanisation Staff & Student Forum
The Grand Challenges program is propelled by UNSW staff and students who are motivated to build research communities, grow external audiences and lead international debate relevant to the most pressing issues that face humanity.

To this end, the program seeks ideas for topics to be discussed, ideas for activities and enthusiastic leads for these activities. Register for the Rapid Urbanisation Staff & Student Forum on Wednesday 17 October to contribute, or get in touch via
Trust & Distrust:
Meridian 180 launches at UNSW

Meridian 180 is a quadrilingual forum for transformative leadership and policy innovation, co-hosted by universities in the USA, South Korea, Japan and now at UNSW Sydney.

To launch the new base of Meridian 180 at UNSW Sydney- the first in the Southern Hemisphere- UNSW is convening a series of high-level conversations on Friday 5 October 2018, to foster new thinking around the theme of Trust & Distrust.

The event will feature candid debate and informed reflection on the wildly uneven distribution of trust and distrust in contemporary societies and what to do about it- in the academy, in business, in our cities, region and beyond. The Hon. Julie Bishop will deliver the keynote address, and will be joined throughout the day by speakers from business, politics and the academy.

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Annual Research Outputs Collection
The Annual Research Outputs Collection (AROC) for 2018 publications is now enabled in ROS. AROC remains a central component of research reporting at UNSW, informing Council KPI and Faculty Scorecard Reporting. To ensure your research efforts are accurately captured in AROC 2018, make sure you:

•  Add your ORCID, Scopus ID and Web of Science Researcher ID in ROS to ensure publications are automatically added to your profile.
•  Remember research reports commissioned or solicited by external bodies and creative research outputs can be nominated for AROC. All Non-traditional Research Outputs must include a Research Statement.
Update your ROS profile regularly to ensure your UNSW Research Profile and BORIS Profile showcase your most recent research activities.
For assistance with ROS, please contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian.
Do you intend to operate a drone?
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPASs, in short, drones) are used for diverse purposes such as aerial mapping, remote sensing, terrain modelling, engineering inspection, construction monitoring, environmental assessment and wildlife research.

Their operation in the Australian airspace is regulated by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) according to Commonwealth legislation. Depending on the nature of the operation, piloting a drone for UNSW purposes may be seen as a commercial activity by CASA. Accordingly, UNSW holds a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator’s Certificate. For UNSW requirements on drone compliance, safety and insurance, visit or email
ARC and NHMRC Funding Outcomes
The Australian Research Council (ARC) funding outcomes announced August 2018 saw UNSW awarded $12.3M, including nine Future Fellowships and an Industrial Transformation Research Hub of $3.1M. UNSW achieved strong results in Round 1 of the Special Research Initiative in technologies to investigate and remediate per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, with two awards totalling $2M, 25% of the funds awarded nationally and the highest average grant size this round.

In 2018 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) rounds to date, UNSW places third in Australia overall with total awarded funds of $25.6M across 31 grants. UNSW placed first nationally for Centres of Research Excellence, a strong result with three awarded centres totalling $7.5M, and placed second nationally in Established Fellowships (Research and Practitioner) with ten awarded fellows.
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