It is a phrase we have heard more frequently over the past few years driven by an increase in uncertainty that is, in my view, without precedent in its diversity and breadth of impact, from climate to health, economics and politics.
From the broad issue of decarbonising our economy and improving sustainability, to once-in-a-generation weather events, the rising cost of living and having the resources to support a growing population, people around the globe are facing more challenges than ever before.
Flinders University is a strong advocate for the role of research in both informing and transforming the way we respond to evolving circumstances.
Not only does it help us recognise issues early, but it can help us develop and implement sustainable solutions that will ensure a better future for us all.
With our many talented researchers and innovators, Flinders University plays a pivotal role in this mission.
Be it investigating better ways of providing renewable energy now and into the future or using paleontological and archaeological research to better understand what the past can tell us about our future, Flinders University researchers will be instrumental in finding the solutions to our most pressing priorities.
As need expands, so too does our effort; Flinders’ research activity and income continues to grow – by some 70% in the last four years. Once again, 2022 will see us surpass our previous annual record of research funding from nationally competitive grants, and our strong history in building and maintaining leading partnerships has seen us continue to work closely with industry.
Our enormous success in research endeavours also provides fruitful for our international rankings, including the influential Times Higher Education rankings where we sit comfortably within the leading 350 universities globally. Our research successes are driven in part by our determination to be ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide.
As you will see, the research that is showcased in this inaugural edition of Fearless Research continues to improve the lives of Australians and people around the world, ensuring that we are able to change the world for the better for generations to come.