Our last post in this series gave you a quick introduction to the city of Adelaide, so this week we will introduce the host, The University of Adelaide, which is where the majority of the conference will be held. The University of Adelaide was established in 1874 and since this time has been amongst Australia’s leading universities. Adelaide’s research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any university in Australia. Analysis of the impact of publications and citations shows that the University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 1% in the world in 11 research fields. (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/uni/)
The main University Campus (where the conference will be held) is situated on North Terrace, in the cultural heart of the city of Adelaide. The campus is easy to navigate around and all venues are within close walking distance of each other. You can read more about the history of the University’s main campus here.
The Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (ACEBB), part of the Environment Institute at The University of Adelaide are where Professor Andrew Lowe, and the University of Adelaide CBOL committee who put forward the successful proposal that resulted in the University of Adelaide being selected, are situated. ACEBB is a nationally recognised centre of expertise in systematics, evolutionary biology and biodiversity science and are performing as one of the top research groups in the University of Adelaide.
The Centre’s research strengths and themes include:
- Systematics, biogeography and barcoding
- Evolutionary rates and fossil dates
- Gene flow and population history
- Speciation, hybridisation and adaptation
- Biodiversity and conservation science
- Conservation and wildlife molecular forensics
ACEBB is actively expanding its expertise and coverage into a significant new area of science, biodiversity science. Specifically this expertise includes:
- Quantitative analysis and simulation modelling
- Population, ecological and ecosystem theory
- Extinction biology – linking population pressures from habitat fragmentation, invasive species and climate change
You can find out more about ACEBB and the Environment Institute by visiting our websites.
Next week in “In Adelaide” we will delve into what the city of Adelaide can offer you and fill you in on some of our best-kept local secrets.