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New home for urban research
RMIT University has launched a new inter-disciplinary research centre focusing on critical urban issues and sustainable city living.

RMIT launches $98 million sustainability program
RMIT has launched a $98 million urban sustainability plan - the biggest program of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Fire frequency curves predict water for Victoria
Research analysing the severity and frequency of bushfires is helping predict their impact on natural water supply catchments.

Student electric racing team powers on
Known for saving fuel and low emissions, electric racing cars are quietly giving their petrol-powered rivals a run for their money.

Greening up the Melbourne kitchen
RMIT University industrial design graduate Radek Rozkiewicz has been named 2014 Green Innovator of the Year.

RMIT’s SAB in the running for national property awards
The iconic Swanston Academic Building is a finalist in the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Joining forces for urban renewal
Students from Melbourne and Mexico have come together to transform the urban environments of their home cities.

Proton flow battery advances hydrogen power
Researchers have developed a concept hydrogen battery based simply on storing protons produced by splitting water.

Greening hearts and minds in Vietnam
Staff and students from Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City have come together at a forum on improving sustainability at RMIT Vietnam.

Himalaya flowers reveal role of bees in evolutionary change
A study co-authored by an RMIT researcher has shown how flowers have evolved their colours to attract bees as pollinators in the Himalayas.

Research to boost energy efficiency of heritage homes
Guidelines developed by RMIT University researchers are helping Victorians improve the energy efficiency of their heritage homes.

Designing sustainable communities
A passion for sustainability is behind an RMIT researcher's work on the transformation of communities adapting to contemporary challenges.

Art exhibition explores weather and climate change
Artworks inspired by a residency in Iceland are part of an exhibition exploring climate change by RMIT University's Professor Lesley Duxbury.

Supporting climate adaptation in Pacific Island nations
Researchers will work with regional seaports on climate adaptation, through a United States Agency for International Development grant.

RMIT helps seaports prepare for climate change
An RMIT University project has developed a prototype tool to help Australian ports factor climate change into their risk management process.

Is there a smart energy utopia?
An RMIT University seminar and book launch will explore questions of how smart energy technologies are being woven into everyday life.

Flagship building opens at RMIT Vietnam
The innovative Academic Building 2 at RMIT Vietnam's Saigon South campus has been officially opened.

Top researchers awarded $2.23 million
Three RMIT researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowships.

Solar gives industry the power
Professor Gary Rosengarten's research at RMIT University is making renewable energy sources a viable option for industry.

Student’s pop up forest inspires festival goers
Spring Fling Festival revellers experienced their first pop up native forest, thanks to an RMIT University landscape architecture student.

Urban futures imagined through student eyes
Secondary school students have received awards in an RMIT University-sponsored competition searching for solutions to urban problems.

RMIT buildings gain national recognition
Two RMIT University flagship buildings have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 National Architecture Awards.

RMIT student wins Grand Designs prize
RMIT University student Michele Meister has won first prize in the Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2013 competition "Rooms by Design".

Australia and India partner for clean energy
RMIT University researchers are collaborating on a $6 million project to boost clean fuel production in India and Australia.

RMIT shortlisted in international education awards
RMIT University is a finalist in six categories in the inaugural Victorian International Education Awards.

RMIT wins Premier's sustainability award
RMIT's Swanston Academic Building has won the Infrastructure and Buildings category in the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards.

RMIT shortlisted in Victoria’s top sustainability awards
RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building has been shortlisted for the 2013 Premier's Sustainability Awards.

Sod turned on zero-waste home site
Construction has begun with a "turning of the sod" ceremony for a demonstration home designed to eliminate construction waste, as part of an RMIT University research project.

Breakthrough advances nanomaterials for printable solar cells
An RMIT University research collaboration with top scientists in Australia and Japan is advancing next generation solar cells.

Community comes together through Open Table
A not-for-profit food redistribution project started by RMIT University students and alumni is bringing community members together in Brunswick.

Water not hung out to dry
An RMIT University art exhibition held in a shipping container in central Tokyo has focused on water and climate change in the Asia-Pacific.

Best of both worlds for RMIT fellow
How can buildings be good for the environment as well as the people working or living in them? That question is at the heart of Dr Ian Ridley's research at RMIT University.

Architecture gongs for Design Hub
RMIT University's Design Hub has won three major architecture awards.

Study reveals how packaging can reduce food waste
Australian-first research by RMIT University has shown the vital role of packaging in minimising food waste.

RMIT a winner in global Airbus challenge
RMIT University aerospace engineering students have won top prizes in the global Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" competition.

Global sustainability conference comes to Melbourne
A major international conference at RMIT University is set to challenge and transform the way we think about sustainability.

Keep it clean
When Simon Lockrey was flown to Hobart to explain life cycle assessment to staff at the Australian Antarctic Division, he didn't expect to strike such an instant chord.

Talking the torque
When Karl Benz put the world's first cars into production with his four-stroke internal combustion engine, he probably didn't imagine that technology would still be driving vehicles nearly 130 years on.

People and the planet
Globalisation and climate change - two of the overarching issues facing the world today - will be the subject of a major international conference to be held in Melbourne on 2-4 July.

Project boosts environment research in Vietnam
An international research program is enabling RMIT University students to gain practical experience while solving environmental challenges in Vietnam.

Student designs feature in Scarf Festival
RMIT University textile students will display their innovative designs in the fifth annual Scarf Festival at the National Wool Museum, opening today.

SAB scoops construction award
RMIT University's landmark Swanston Academic Building has won a much-coveted construction award.

Lizard Island offers a voyage of discovery
Perched on the Great Barrier Reef 270km north of Cairns, Lizard Island is a tropical paradise.

Report examines risks of a changing climate
A ground-breaking assessment has helped RMIT University identify its vulnerability to climate change risks.

RMIT launches new Master of Urban Design
In the face of rapid urban change, RMIT University has launched a new Master of Urban Design to help address the critical issues facing cities locally and globally.

Experts explore sustainable packaging
A one-day round table at RMIT University has explored the marketing advantages of packaging for sustainability.

RMIT students in Airbus challenge final
An RMIT University aerospace engineering student team is headed to France after making it to the final five of an international Airbus competition.

Architecture professors leading industry
The RMIT University alumni and lecturers behind the Minifie van Schaik Architects practice are becoming accustomed to industry success.

Jacques Nasser opens SAB
The centrepiece of RMIT University's $700 million capital investment program, the Swanston Academic Building, has been officially opened by RMIT alumnus Jacques Nasser AO, Chairman of BHP Billiton.

Simulations key to emergency and climate planning: report
Computer simulation and interactive games could help communities and government with climate change adaptation and emergency management, an RMIT University report has found.

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