Collaborative Infrastructure

Collaborative Infrastructure

The Australian Synchrotron produces powerful beams of light that are used at individual experimental facilities to examine the molecular and atomic details of a wide range of materials.

The advanced techniques are applied to research in many important areas including health and medical, food, environment, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy, mining, agriculture, advanced materials and cultural heritage.

Compounds Australia provides a national resource for researchers to deposit small molecules into a central repository for quick and efficient access by life science drug discovery teams.

Our expertise and custom suite of advanced material handling robotics and software drives drug discovery and development by maintaining sample integrity and extending compound life.

JCU contact: Associate Professor Bruce Bowden

The Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is a fully-integrated, national system, observing at ocean-basin and regional scales, and covering physical, chemical and biological variables. Collectively they contribute to marine research and other uses in Australia based on data in open and coastal oceans.

IMOS facilities are funded to deploy equipment and deliver data streams for use by the entire Australian marine and climate science community and its international collaborators.

QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry.

QCIF provides and promotes eResearch services by:

  • Stimulating the application of the high-performance infrastructure
  • Co-developing software tools with users to facilitate computation, modelling, analysis and data management
  • Providing support, training, and expertise in the use of infrastructure and services
  • Facilitating funding from the Commonwealth eResearch organisations for research infrastructure development projects located in Queensland
  • Engaging industry with research communities to foster industry-oriented research and development projects (for both small-to-medium enterprises and large strategic industry opportunities) through an Industry Innovation program.

JCU contact: Professor Ian Atkinson

AustLit's mission is to be the definitive information resource and research environment for Australian literary, print, and narrative cultures.

We make database records that communicate and, when possible, link to authoritative bibliographical and production information for works of fiction and poetry, writing for the theatre, biographical and travel writing, writing for film and television, criticism and reviews.

We also provide biographical and historical information about the people and organisations who associated with the works covered.

AustLit also provides extensive information about writing-related organisations such as publishers, film and theatre companies,and aims to extend coverage of writers’ centres and festivals, and literary agencies.

ANFF owns and provides access to capabilities that can assist in both the development of new products and improvements to current production methods.

Nodes, which are located across Australia, each offer a specific area of expertise, including advanced materials, nanoelectronics and photonics and nano-bio applications.

Researchers are able to either work at the node under expert guidance, or to contract for specialised products to be fabricated at a reasonable cost.

The library is located at the University of Wollongong, an international leader in oceans law and policy research, through the Centre for Maritime Policy. JCU partnered with the University in a 2005 ARC LIEF grant, facilitating interdisciplinary work in oceans law, policy and science. A library facility was developed providing a comprehensive collection of international and domestic materials in ocean law and policy.

In 2007 JCU was awarded an ARC LIEF grant to develop a unique microwave characterisation facility to precisely characterise advanced materials such as dielectrics and superconductors for emerging technologies.

The main partners of this collaborative facility are the University of Western Australia, Massey University, New Zealand and Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. The facility is capable of characterising all types of electronic, magnetic and biological materials. This facility is beneficial to engineers, material scientists, physicists, geologists, biologists and medical scientists.

The facility aids development of many advanced materials and novel devices for the electronic and communication industries. The facility offers non-destructive characterisation of materials in the visible, ultraviolet, infrared and microwave regions in the temperature range -2690C and +1500C.

JCU Contact: Dr Mohan Jacob

A NCRIS funded network, the TERN provides consistent collection and management of time-series data sets and modelling facilities for terrestrial ecosystem research.

It includes a set of dedicated observation sites, standardised measurement methodologies, equipment and data, and information services. There are more than 60 research collaborators from universities and government directly involved in the TERN.

JCU Contact: A/Prof Mike Liddell