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The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia

The Sapphire Clock Team in the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, led by Professor Andre Luiten, is a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

The Sapphire clock technology offers a thousand-fold improvement in timing precision, helping Australian defence agencies identify threats.

The awards will be announced on 30 August 2017

3 Minute Thesis Competition

The School heat of the University's 3 Minute Thesis Competition was held Thursday 6 July 2017.

Congratulations to all four students who competed in this year's competition.

Georgy Falster and Sophie Hollitt will be progressing to the Faculty stage of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition.

Annabelle Austin, Georgy Falster, Sophie Hollitt and Ankit Beniwal


Naracoorte Caves to be focus of $2m research project

A University of Adelaide-led research project will focus on the rich fossil history of Naracoorte Caves and cement its place on the world science stage.


International Study Tour to Oman

From 30th November to 9th December 2016, students from Science 3500 (a Level 3 course open to Earth Science students) visited Oman on the Arabian Peninsula. The trip ran with 13 students, including three Omani International students studying Earth Science at the University of Adelaide, and involved camping in wadis and on the tops of the highest mountains in Oman.

The study tour involved exploring the geology of SE Arabia - from the oldest rocks in the basement that formed as the supercontinent Gondwana 600 million years ago, through all the incredible rock formations that form and store the vast petroleum wealth of Arabia. These rocks have fuelled the world for the last century and have powered the explosion in development of society over the past few generations.

The trip then focussed on the Semail Ophiolite - the best exposure of oceanic crust on land anywhere in the world - in the amazing 3000m high Hajar Mountains. Students got to walk on ancient ocean floors and examine the boundary between the Crust and the Mantle, something usually buried by 10 kilometres of rock.

An incredible trip and an opportunity any geologist anywhere in the world would love to have!

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