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Research highlights

  • Menzies staff talking to healthcare workers about providing care during COVID19 response

    Assisting with the COVID-19 response

    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) researchers and clinicians are using their expertise, experience and local community contacts to develop enduring solutions to the current COVID-19 pandemic to improve health outcomes and wellbeing across Northern Australia, with our neighbours in Timor-Leste and around Australia.

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  • Dr Tracy Woodroffe Newsroom

    The future of Indigenous education in Australia

    Dr Woodroffe’s research explores the importance of pre-service Indigenous cultural teacher education in the urban context by talking to both new and more experienced teachers.

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  • Metal

    Advanced Manufacturing Alliance

    The Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is a joint initiative between CDU and SPEE3D utilising world-first 3D metal printing technology.

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  • Hands atop a projection of a topographical landscape

    Projection Augmented Landscape Models

    The use of innovative Projection Augmented Physical Landscape technology is bringing science and local Indigenous knowledge together in a way that facilitates two-way learning about environmental history and science in the very diverse, cross-cultural, cross-linguistic space of northern Australia.

    The approach, developed by Rohan Fisher from Charles Darwin University, uses simulation games of landscape process projected onto 3D printed landscapes or sand that is shaped to fit the terrain. The projection augmented landscapes look spectacular, like an animated hologram of country, they are multi-sensory and interactive, pulling people into learn and teach by providing a stage to elicit and share local stories from the land. More information at

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  • Sunrise over Darwin harbour

    A new approach to manage Darwin Harbour

    Traditional Owners, along with many other stakeholders, will work together on developing the Integrated Report Card. Over the next few years, the Report Card will track the health of Darwin Harbour to allow informed decision making towards a sustainable future for all those living in the surrounding area.

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  • Dr Sarah Ireland

    Dr Sarah Ireland discusses her work in the remote region of Arnhem Land

    Dr Ireland's research project, 'Caring for Mum on Country', looks at how Indigenous knowledge can be used to empower women to become "Doula", Indigenous childbirth companions.

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Our research institutes and centres

Menzies School of Health Research

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

Northern Institute

Energy and Resources Institute

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

The Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities

Research news

  • Research reveals how integrating solar energy in the LNG industry can cut Australia’s carbon footprint

    Research reveals integrating solar energy in LNG industry cuts Australia’s carbon footprint

    The integration of solar energy into Australia’s liquid natural gas (LNG) industry could dramatically reduce Australia’s carbon footprint while also creating thousands of additional jobs. 

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    New three-year research project to monitor and conserve marine megafauna in the Territory

    A new three-year Charles Darwin University (CDU) research project is developing new approaches to improve marine and coastal biodiversity monitoring, research, and conservation management. 

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    Digital ‘skills passport’ enables Territory job seekers to reach their employment goals

    A digital ‘skills passport’ being developed by Charles Darwin University (CDU)’s Northern Institute will support job seekers and school leavers in the Territory to showcase their skills and knowledge and improve their employment prospects.

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