Flinders at Tonsley co-locates expertise in computer science, engineering and mathematics together with the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute and the Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology, alongside some of Adelaide’s biggest businesses and key industries. It is also a hub for entrepreneurs and future employers who are creating next generation start-ups through the Flinders New Venture Institute.
The College of Science and Engineering produces graduates who are in great demand in the information communications technology, science, mathematics and engineering sectors. The combination of these disciplines eliminates the often arbitrary boundaries that can be created by separating them.
Its research focuses on defence and national security, medicine and health, and the environment. An integral part of studying engineering at Flinders is the opportunity to experience future employer environments first hand with a 20 week ‘work-integrated learning’ (WIL) placement. The close business-industry relationships that will be spawned by Flinders at Tonsley will further expand these WIL opportunities, which play an invaluable role in preparing ‘job ready’ graduates.
The Medical Device Research Institute is committed to producing high quality research and delivering benefits through the application of technology to the medical and allied health sectors. The Institute fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations and places particular emphasis on the importance of university and industry interaction.
The Medical Device Partnering Program within the Institute provides a unique model for collaboration between researchers, clinicians, end-users and industry to develop cutting-edge medical devices and assistive technologies that solve real problems.
The New Venture Institute will extend from ‘hands-on’ learning experiences for students to the translation of successful research into leading edge products and services. This will include the potential attraction of capital to support commercial developments.
The Institute aims to tap the skills and entrepreneurial experience of Flinders’ academic and research staff, particularly the Flinders Business School, and has been responsible for a number of successful programs and company spin-outs including Venture Dorm.
Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology's mission is to apply world-class fundamental research and know-how to provide novel, robust solutions to the challenges facing Australia in the general areas of energy, health, security and water.
The Centre is a research hub encompassing nanoscale projects in areas such as water, energy, health and security. Projects include environmentally friendly corrosion and anti-fouling protection, new desalination membranes, new approaches for harnessing energy, DNA genotyping for cancer diagnostics, and fingerprinting using quantum dots.
Flinders Commercial commercialises innovation. In fact, as the sole commercialisation agent for Flinders University’s academic research and intellectual property, Flinders Commercial acts as an innovation catalyst, providing the crucial link between researchers, businesses and investors, connecting problems with solutions and creating opportunities with benefit and value for all.
Its involvement with the Tonsley precinct aligns loosely with their core vision, to create and deliver relevant, brave and valuable ways of extending the University’s value to the commercial environment, leading to Flinders University being recognised as a valuable leader and a leader in partnering.
The Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI) undertakes trans-disciplinary industry and workplace research in support of industrial and workplace transformation.
AITI is providing high level industry, economic and workforce research in response to major change and the exploration of the industries and jobs of the future. We are undertaking foresighting, demand mapping, value chain analysis and cluster development. Our work seeks to deepen understanding of the human and institutional dimensions of change, inform strategy, policy and program development.
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