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Work in the laboratory is just the beginning - the real impact of research is in changing the world! Research makes the University of Tasmania relevant, progressive and central to Tasmania's social and economic well-being.

We have three world class research institutes at the University of Tasmania - The Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Australian Maritime College (AMC).

The University of Tasmania is ranked within the top 10 Australian Research Universities and conducts high impact research across a broad range of disciplines including Arts, Business, Education, Health, Law, Science, Engineering and Technology - a selection of which can be found below.

If you would like any further information, or are interested in supporting a field or discipline not listed, we welcome conversations and enquiries – please contact us by phone on +61 3 6226 1920, or via email through

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) is globally recognised as being a centre for excellence and is a founding member of the Internal Association of Maritime Universities. Our multi-million dollar suite of specialist teaching, learning and research facilities are internationally acclaimed and are utilised by government bodies and maritime-related businesses world-wide. In addition, our professionally experienced, teaching and research staff have extremely strong industry links.

Visit the AMC website.

Geolocation Journeys is an innovative collaboration between marine predator researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and artists at the Tasmanian College of the Arts.

This Science+Arts initiative uses ‘retired' geolocators used to track Southern Ocean marine predators, such as albatrosses, seals, and penguins and crafts them into unique, handcrafted pieces of jewellery. All donated funds will be used to purchase new geolocators for future tracking studies that will allow scientists to uncover foraging movements of marine predators and identify regions of the ocean that are of high ecological significance. Visit the Geolocation Journeys website.

The Handfish Conservation Project is co-ordinated through the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in conjunction with CSIRO, the Reef Life Survey Foundation and partners, under the direction of the National Handfish Recovery team.

Red handfish are amongst the rarest fish on the planet. They are found near Hobart, Tasmania –  and nowhere else in the world. They are currently on the brink of extinction. The Spotted handfish and Ziebell’s handfish are also found in Tasmania – and are both critically endangered. These three species face serious threats from introduced species, habitat loss, and pollution.

The Handfish Conservation Project research will include in-depth population studies, habitat protection and restoration, exploring captive breeding and subsequent re-introduction options, genetic sequencing of the red handfish to be able to develop innovative detection methods, and monitoring ecosystems to effectively manage for the survival of these species.
Visit The Handfish Conservation Project website.

IMAS is a centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research. Our research cuts across traditional scientific and social scientific boundaries. We are dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating thoughtful and sustainable development for the benefit of Australia and the world.

Our world-class research and degree programs draw upon the natural advantages of Tasmania as the gateway to the vast temperate marine environment, the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic. Tasmania is home to one of the world's largest critical masses of marine and Antarctic researchers. Visit the IMAS website.

Menzies exists to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians. They are dedicated to continuing to improve the health outcomes for all Tasmanians and are grateful and proud that the Tasmanian community embraces Menzies. Visit the Menzies website.

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal (STDA) is the central fundraiser for the Tasmanian devil, administered through the University of Tasmania. Working in partnership with the Tasmanian and Australian governments and the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Appeal is the philanthropic arm of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and delivers funds to high-calibre research and monitoring programs. Visit the STDP homepage.

Dementia is the leading health and social care issue of the 21st century. Over 48 million people live with dementia across the globe, and many do not have access to quality care and information.

The Wicking Centre is an integrated dementia centre, active in seeking to improve the lives of people with dementia and their careers. Our research covers fields such as neuroscience, medicine, nursing, psychology and sociology, health, economics and policy.

When making a donation to the Wicking Centre your generosity will help support future dementia research and education. Visit the Wicking Centre website.

University of Tasmania research is striving to aid wombats, suffering from the parasitic disease, sarcoptic mange.

Introduced to Australia by European settlers, sarcoptic mange is caused by a parasitic mite that burrows into wombats’ skin causing hair loss, skin thickening, and a painful decline in health until death. In addition to its animal welfare impacts, outbreaks of sarcoptic mange in Tasmania’s Narawntapu National Park have killed >95% of the wombat population since 2010. 

Based on an understanding of wombat behaviour, physiology, genetics and immune systems, work is being undertaken to develop practical solutions to control this disease in the wild. University of Tasmania researchers and students are leading these efforts, working to achieve sustainable methods of mange control among wombat populations across the State.