UQ tops the country for research excellence in Biological Sciences – again!

In the recently released Excellence in Research Australia report UQ was the only university to consistently perform above or well above world standard across all sub-disciplines of biological sciences. In particular we were rated as well above world standard in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology and zoology.

Our research is not just outstanding as measured by journal articles, it also makes a difference: while Biological Sciences accounts for 8% of all research outputs it has a disproportionately high societal and economic impact , accounting for 15% of all patents submitted for assessment to ERA. Biological Sciences is also highly multi-disciplinary and application focused with 12% of all research outputs collaborative with medical, environmental, veterinary and agricultural sciences.

The recent Excellence in Innovation trial also demonstrated that university research can and does deliver positive impact for Australia. High quality research carried out in Australian universities has had enormous benefits for the health, security, prosperity, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Australia, the region and the world. UQ in general had spectacular success in ERA, having more specialised fields of research “well above world standard” than any other Australian university.

2012 Outcomes of 2011 ERA results, Announced 6 December, 2012 

UQ tops the country for research excellence in Biological Sciences

UQ’s research in Biological Sciences was given the maximum rating of 5 “well above world standard” in the Australian Research Council’s recent Excellence in Research for Australia initiative (ERA). Our research strengths in Biological sciences are comprehensive, UQ was one of only six universities that had research assessed in all codes within Biological Sciences and scored the highest summed ranks across those codes (joint with University of Melbourne). UQ also did extremely well in Environmental Sciences, again scoring a 5 in that broad code and was the only university assessed in all codes within Environmental Sciences. Ecology, Ecological Applications, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Plant Biology and Zoology all scored 5’s; these areas represent the vast majority of the research activity in the School of Biological Sciences.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

2010 ERA results, Announced 11 May 2011

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