Science of Discovery
Uncover the secrets of our solar system
The Science of Discovery captures research that examines the universe and the world around us at a fundamental level.
We can learn a great deal from our universe, and the Science of Discovery dares to delve into the stars and research what makes up our galaxy, from pure mathematics and gravitational wave technology, to quantum information and radio astronomy.
Research within the Science of Discovery allows Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Schools to learn about the tools and techniques mathematicians, scientists and engineers use to find solutions to real-world problems.
Science of Discovery Research Clusters
Gravitational Wave Technology and Education research group
The Gravitational Wave Technology and Education research group looks at the gravitational waves in our universe.Read more
Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies
UWA’s Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies research group is solving remote operational challenges in a range of fields.Read more
Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation explores the abstract concepts that provide the foundations for developments in applied mathematics, science and technology.Read more
Quantum information, simulation and algorithms
This discipline researches the potential to harness nature at a deeper level while developing new possibilities for communication and data processing.Read more
Engineering Science Education, Society and Work
The Engineering Science Education, Society and Work research group aims to improve the quality of future generations of engineers and scientists.Read more
Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences
The Machine Learning Applications for Physical Sciences (MAPS) research cluster focus on the application of state-of-the-art Machine Learning algorithms for efficient processing, accurate characterisation and robust prediction of signals arising in physical sciences.Read more
$6 million to commercialise EMS Research
The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences’ (EMS) Senior Research Fellow, Dr Brendan Kennedy, leads the cross-disciplinary research team behind the newly established Perth Company, OncoRes Medical. The company has recently secured up to $6 million of funding to commercialise a surgical tool, developed by Dr Kennedy’s team of researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and the University of Western Australia.Read more
Scientists discover more about the ingredients for star formation
Astronomers have shed fresh light on the importance of hydrogen atoms in the birth of new stars.Read more
Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo
The University of Western Australia is part of an international team that includes the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration that have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.Read more
Other research themes
Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre
The Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (MILC) is the result of an innovative alliance between The University of Western Australia and leading national engineering group Monadelphous. In this centre, world-class teaching and practical training in engineering combine to form a learning environment that is based on a simulated professional workplace.Read more about Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre
Research opportunities are available for prospective students interested in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil). You can learn more by emailing the Pre-candidature team at the Graduate Research School.