Three University of Tasmania research teams have been awarded more than $2.2 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, to progress innovative and collaborative research projects across diverse fields.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Anthony Koutoulis said the funding would allow UTAS researchers to work in partnership with industry, community groups, environment agencies and service providers to deliver impact for communities and the environment.
The projects include:
- Experimental translocations to understand and combat eastern quoll declines led by Professor Menna Jones, which will help to safeguard eastern quoll populations in their final wild stronghold: Tasmania.
Partners: Tasmanian Land Conservancy; World Wide Fund for Nature Australia
- Improved electrophoretic analyser for water quality monitoring led by Professor Michael Breadmore, to develop autonomous water quality monitoring technology that can be used by agricultural, mining and other industries for closer management of used water re-entering the environment.
Partner: Eco Detection
- Fostering school attendance for students in Out-of-Home Care led by Professor Kitty te Riele, to help understand why children and young people in Out-Of-Home Care in Australia are absent from school more than their peers and informing a child-centred framework to enable attendance.
Partners: Life Without Barriers; Create Foundation; Berry Street; Stronger Smarter Institute; Allambi Care; Anglicare; Key Assets Australia; MacKillop Family Services; Commissioner for Children and Young People Tasmania
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this support from the ARC, which is a resounding vote of confidence in our world-class researchers and the excellence and impact they deliver in Tasmania for Tasmania and the world,” Professor Koutoulis said.