IVF. A cervical cancer vaccine. Shatter proof car wing mirrors. The bionic ear.
All of these inventions came from research conducted at Australian universities.
Right now, teams of researchers in university laboratories around the country are working tirelessly to stop the COVID-19 global pandemic in its tracks. Researchers are developing better monitoring of outbreaks, better protections for health workers and better patient treatments. Australians are part of the huge global effort to find a vaccine.
Economists are building models to protect us from the worst of the financial downturn, AI experts are building new industries that will create new jobs that will be so desperately needed for national recovery. The nation’s researchers – university and industry working together – have directed all their expertise, all their decades of work and knowledge, to the fight of our lives.
The majority of these breakthroughs come not from “ah-ha” light bulb moments but careful, sustained academic inquiry over months and years. The focused pursuit of understanding and certainty is what delivers tangible outcomes.
Investing in university research is an investment in the national economy. According to recent Deloitte Access Economics modelling commissioned by Universities Australia, for every $1 invested in higher education research, $5 is returned to GDP.