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Major Research Facilities

World-class research infrastructure comprising specialist equipment and a unique physical environment in and around our island state underpins the University of Tasmania's excellence in research.

Our state-of-the-art tools and facilities allow our researchers to conduct internationally competitive research that addresses fundamental questions and delivers world-changing innovation. Our research infrastructure is funded through a range of invaluable sources, and as a commitment to building partnerships and returning this investment to our community, we make many of our facilities available for use by external organisations.

The University of Tasmania's investment in major research infrastructure, in partnership with government, industry and donors, provides cutting-edge facilities and leading technologies for researchers to pursue their research questions. Research facilities are operated by expert staff to ensure professional support, training and consultation.

Specific research facilities in each Institute can be located through the links below:

The University's Faculties, Schools and Research Centres also offer high quality facilities to undertake pioneering research including:

A snapshot of the University's research infrastructure is provided below:

The University support two of the national research infrastructure capabilities currently supported under the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

IMOS, the Integrated Marine Observing System, is a multi-institution collaboration led by the University of Tasmania,  in partnership with the CSIROAustralian Institute of Marine ScienceBureau of MeteorologySydney Institute of Marine Science (encompassing the University of New South WalesThe University of SydneyMacquarie University and University of Technology Sydney), University of Western AustraliaCurtin University and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

IMOS enables a fully integrated, national system for Australian marine and climate researchers, and our international collaborators, to understand the oceans, climate and weather, the coasts and currents, and associated ecosystems.

The University of Tasmania is a State node for AuScope, the national provider of integrated research infrastructure that realises the collective potential of Australian Earth and Geospatial Science researchers. Two of the University's observatories, at Ceduna and Mt Pleasant, are vital contributors to AuScope, which supports our understanding of the structure and evolution of the Australian continent.

The Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is a staffed facility which houses major items of specialist equipment used by multiple University departments and funded by State and Federal Government initiatives. The CSL also provides government organisations and local industries access to equipment and scientific services not otherwise available in Tasmania. Visit the CSL site

Based in three locations across the State, IMAS infrastructure includes cutting edge laboratories to understand marine flora, fauna, geochemistry, ice, marine stewardship and molecular biological studies needed to undertake aquatic flora and fauna research. visit the IMAS site

The University's Australian Maritime College houses multi-million dollar facilities that enable government, defence and industry partners to engage in research development and innovation. Simulation facilities support navigation, port and ship design, and the design of response to survival and damage mitigation in times of major incident.Visit the Marine and Maritime Facilities site

The newly opened aquaculture research facility is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Using cutting-edge recirculation technology and providing environmental control, the facility enables collaborative research, particularly with the Atlantic salmon industry. Read more about EAF

The University of Tasmania Medical Science Precinct is a $148 million building strategically situated adjacent to Tasmania's major teaching hospital, the Royal Hobart Hospital. It supports enhanced partnerships with major health partners including the Department of Health and Human Services. The precinct is the base for the College of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, and its goal is to help Tasmania remain at the forefront of medical research, clinical translation and education well into the future. Find out more about the College of Health and Medicine.

The ACRF Centre, which was funded by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, provides researchers with the resources needed to unlock the causes of inherited cancers like prostate cancer and leukaemia. Based at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart, the facility contains some of the world's leading cancer research technology including equipment allowing high-throughput genetic analysis and a laser dissection microscope that can isolate individual cells and chromosomes. Find out more about the ACRF Centre.

The University hosts TPAC, the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing.  Its partners include the CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, the Australian Government Antarctic Division, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre. A member of the Australian e-Research Organisations, TPAC provides expertise and high performance computing facilities to the Australian and International research community through high performance computing, research, industry engagement and training.

The University also works in collaboration with NICTA, Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, and which  builds upon ongoing initiatives using sensor technologies and data analytics that include the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Sense-T is a partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Government, and also receives funding from the Federal Government. Based at the University, Sense-T is helping to build an economy-wide sensor network and data resource, creating a digital view of Tasmania for industry, governments and communities to solve practical problems and make better decisions. Visit the Sense-T site

The Human Interface Technology Laboratory Australia (HITLab AU) is a research and teaching facility, which aims to build advanced human-computer interface technology. The laboratory brings virtual/mixed reality technologies to the Newnham campus in Launceston, with a focus on design, visualisation, stimulation and games. Find out more about the HIT Lab

The TIA Dairy Research Facility allows researchers to conduct ongoing agricultural monitoring to provide new insights into dairy farm management. The facility, located at Elliott in the northwest of the state, spans 220 hectares and supports more than 500 cows. Visit the TIA Dairy Research site

The TIA Vegetable Research Facility is a 54-hectare farm near Forth, northwest Tasmania. The facility was recently upgraded to provide the most up-to-date resource for research and development in crop production, soil management, irrigation and technology evaluation. Visit the TIA Agriculture Research site

The University of Tasmania operates four observatories:

  • The Greenhill Observatory – An optical observatory research facility located in the southern Midlands about 65km North of Hobart. Our astronomers and their collaborators use the 1.3-metre Harlingten telescope to search for exoplanets around stars in the direction of the centre of the Milky Way, and to monitor variable stars and transient objects.
  • Mt Pleasant Radio Observatory – A radio observatory located near Cambridge, about 30 minutes north of Hobart. There are two radio telescopes on the site, the 26-metre "Mt Pleasant Antenna" and the 14 metre "Vela Antenna".
  • Grote Reber Museum and Observatory –The radio observatory has been operating for more than 20 years, with its distinctive 26m diameter radio "dish". Sharing this location overlooking the Coal River Valley is a new museum, which showcases the life and work of Grote Reber, renowned Tasmanian radio astronomer, and the work of the University's radio telescopes.
  • Ceduna Radio Observatory - The Ceduna Radio Observatory is the only one of the University's observatories not located in Tasmania. The observatory and associated land is located near the town of Ceduna, South Australia, supporting interconnectedness of a global satellite system.