Media releases and expert comments
Quick and not-so-dirty: a rapid nano-filter for clean water
Researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology.
RMIT launches world-first short courses in VR and AR, powered by Amazon Sumerian
RMIT announced the launch of the world’s first University short course in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) today, using Amazon Sumerian.
Study highlights roundabout risk for older drivers
Newly published research shows why so many older drivers crash at roundabouts and what can be done to improve safety.
How liveable is Melbourne really? New report settles the score
A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.
Exhibition reveals the dynamics of air essential for life
Dynamics of Air captures the beauty, dynamics and sensuality of air in our built environment and its critical role in designing for a zero carbon future.
New blockchain courses to address skills gap
With blockchain expertise in high demand, but considerable gaps preventing this demand from being met, RMIT has announced two new courses to provide students with these necessary future skills.
RMIT researcher wins prestigious APEC Science Prize
Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran has been recognised for her groundbreaking work with flexible electronics, taking home the region’s most coveted science prize.
Seven myths about homelessness busted
At the start of Homelessness Week (6-12 August), RMIT University’s Professor Guy Johnson busts some of the biggest myths and misconceptions around homelessness.
Woor-Dungin CIJ project wins national award
A unique collaboration between RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) and Woor-Dungin has been recognised with a national award.
Gas sensing gut pill beats breath test diagnosis
New trials of a breakthrough swallowable sensor have revealed the device is 3,000 times more accurate than current technology used to diagnose many gut disorders.
Baby, let’s keep in touch
New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows.
Sensor technology to improve safety and health in aged care
Flexible sensors developed at RMIT will be integrated into new health monitoring technology to improve aged care, in a project supported through a $1.7 million Federal Government grant.
Blockchain to transform health care models
RMIT University and DB Results have announced a major industry partnership to pioneer innovative healthcare solutions using blockchain technology.
RMIT to issue blockchain-enabled badges for students
Emerging blockchain technology will soon enable RMIT students to publish industry-relevant skills and experiences, signalling the growing potential of this new e-currency in the labour market.
New technology for early detection of Type 1 diabetes
Researchers are developing early detection technology for Type 1 diabetes that can accurately predict if a child is at risk of the chronic disease.
Snooze mobiles: how vibrations in cars make drivers sleepy
New research has found the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel.
Human animal hybrid exhibition explores an enduring fascination
The fantasy of merging animals and humans into one hybrid creature is explored in My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at the RMIT Gallery from 29 June – 18 August.
New pathways created between two leading universities
RMIT University will enable students who undertake selected Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) micro credentials to receive credit towards four different RMIT postgraduate degrees.
Honeybees zero in on nothing
Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.
RMIT experts available for comment on 2018 FIFA World Cup
Experts from RMIT are available to talk to media in the lead up to and during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
One in three Australian kids exposed to disadvantage
Almost a third of Australian children experience some form of disadvantage that can have a lasting impact on their development, a new study of more than 5,000 children released today has found.
Cell chat: Attacking disease by learning the language of cells
Breakthrough lab-on-a-chip technology that reveals how human cells communicate could lead to new treatments for cancer and autoimmune disorders.
RMIT experts available for comment on Federal Budget
Experts from RMIT are available to talk to media today about a range of topics and issues relating to the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
RMIT experts available for comment on State Budget
Experts from RMIT University are available to talk to media about a range of topics and issues relating to the 2018-19 Victorian State Budget.
Expert comment on Melbourne Airport train link
RMIT University infrastructure and urban planning expert Professor Jago Dodson says a new rail link for Melbourne’s airport is welcome news, but needs to be part of a broader transport plan.
Chaos & Order: 120 years of collecting at RMIT
For the first time in 120 years RMIT is presenting a survey exhibition sourced entirely from its permanent art collection, more than half of which has never been shared with the public before.
New NanoZymes use light to kill bacteria
Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new artificial enzyme that uses light to kill bacteria.
Expert comment on Infrastructure Australia priority list
RMIT infrastructure expert Dr Ian Woodcock says the Victorian projects in Infrastructure Australia’s 2018 priority list will “lock Melburnians into increasingly toll-paying car dependence”.
Golden touch: next-gen optical disk to solve data storage challenge
Scientists from Australia and China have drawn on the durable power of gold to demonstrate a new type of high-capacity optical disk that can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Mental Health Tribunal failing to protect rights: study
The body charged with protecting the rights of mentally ill Victorians is failing to properly and consistently apply the law, research has found.
Researchers bring the bling to improve implants
In a world first, Australian researchers have harnessed the power of diamonds in a breakthrough that could radically improve the way human bodies accept biomedical implants.
Expert comment on Australia’s growing rate of homelessness
RMIT University’s Professor Guy Johnson is available to comment on new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showing a worrying increase in homelessness across the nation.
All power to the proton: researchers make battery breakthrough
RMIT University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery” that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
A premier partnership: Essendon Football Club and RMIT
Two iconic Melbourne institutions joined forces today, creating a new frontier in cross-industry collaboration.
Boosting confidence doesn’t help women at work: study
Assertiveness is linked to professional success, so ambitious women should work on building their confidence, right? Wrong, according to new research.
Poison patches: study reveals high levels of lead in veggie gardens
A new study led by RMIT University shows one-in-five tested backyard veggie patches are contaminated with high levels of lead, exceeding Australian safety guidelines.
Statement on sexual harm
At RMIT we believe everyone deserves to feel safe, respected and valued in their place of study and work.
Clever coating opens door to smart windows
Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to “smart windows”.
Spare parts from small parts: novel scaffolds to grow muscle
RMIT biomedical engineers have successfully produced a 3D material that mimics nature to transform cells into muscle.
RMIT launches new School of Design
New and emerging fields of design - including virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, user experience and design for social innovation - will be in focus at RMIT’s new School of Design.
Swallowable sensors reveal mysteries of human gut health
Findings from the first human trials of a breakthrough gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionise the way that gut disorders and diseases are prevented and diagnosed.
Humanitarian honoured by RMIT
Humanitarian Paris Aristotle AO will receive an Honorary Doctorate at tomorrow’s RMIT University Graduation ceremony at Etihad Stadium, Docklands.
New report raises serious concerns about West Gate Tunnel
The West Gate Tunnel Project could worsen Melbourne’s traffic congestion, increase car dependency and should be rolled back, according to a new report from six leading planning academics.
RMIT Gallery explores water wisdom across two continents
A new RMIT Gallery exhibition weaves connective threads of the rich cultural, ecological and economic flow of water across Australia and India, lands once linked over 100 million years ago.
Bees help break the mystery of optical illusions
A study from RMIT University has used the humble honeybee to shed new light on why we see optical illusions.
Lightweight car research offers more sustainable future
A major new research centre aims to transform Australia's automotive industry by developing new lightweight materials and manufacturing technologies.
A Melbourne icon reimagined: RMIT launches Capitol Theatre Appeal
RMIT will officially launch a fundraising appeal today to generate funds for the reactivation of Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre, three years after the beloved space closed its doors to the public.
RMIT leading researcher wins national lifetime award
Professor Calum Drummond has been awarded the prestigious Ian Wark Medal and Lecture for outstanding advances in chemistry and materials science research, and contributions to Australia's prosperity.
The future of food and how we eat on the menu at RMIT
How digital design and new technologies are reshaping the future of food and our relationship with what eat will be chewed over at RMIT University this Friday and Saturday.
Unfair access to air leaves the vulnerable feeling the heat
Rising electricity prices and vague public messaging put vulnerable households at greater danger from extreme heat, new research from RMIT University shows.
RMIT delivers app dev skills for jobs of the future with Swift
RMIT University is proud to work with Apple to deliver its App Development with Swift curriculum.
Expert comment on sheep facial recognition study
Associate Professor Adrian Dyer is available to comment on today’s finding that sheep can recognise photographs of human faces.
Just-in-time 3D implants set to transform tumour surgery
A major new Australian research project using 3D implants and robotic surgery is set to radically advance the way physicians surgically treat tumours and bone cancer.
Next phase for Lendlease innovation space, Knowledge Market
Zero carbon futures, urban memory and imagination, and digital infrastructure are just some of the themes that will be explored at Knowledge Market phase two: The Exchange.
Liquid metal breakthrough ushers in a new wave of electronics
RMIT researchers have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.
Tree change a major win for Melbourne’s west: study
A major urban greening initiative across six local councils has dramatically reshaped western Melbourne’s tree cover, making the area more liveable and cooler, an RMIT University study has found.
Australia’s liveability report card has too many fails
While Australian cities are often labelled some of the most liveable in the world, this isn’t the daily reality for many residents of our capitals, a new research report from RMIT University has found
Urban hotspots: why poorer suburbs can be 10C hotter
Poor and disadvantaged Australian suburbs risk having urban hotspots that are more than 10 degrees higher than those found in greener, wealthier areas, an RMIT University study has found.
International artists converge for Experimenta Make Sense
Art, science and technology will collide at RMIT Gallery when Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art opens on 2 October.
Poor policies block green housing goals: study
Australian states are failing to deliver sustainable housing because of poor building and land-use planning policies, and a lack of enforceable standards, according to a new RMIT University report.
His Royal Highness, The Prince Andrew, Duke of York to visit RMIT
His Royal Highness, The Prince Andrew, Duke of York will today tour RMIT University City campus.
Major refurbishment caps off RMIT’s 130 years
RMIT is today ushering in a new era of innovation and renewal for Melbourne’s northern CBD district with the opening of its newly refurbished City campus buildings on Swanston Street.
Report lifts lid on Catholic Church and child sex abuse
For the first time in Australia, a ground-breaking research study has analysed the systemic reasons why the abuse of children has plagued the Catholic Church worldwide.
How flowers use colour to signal their scent
Some flowers use colour to tell bees about their fragrance and aid the pollination process, according to new international research.
Sugar on the brain: using seaweed sugar to heal brain injuries
Australian researchers have successfully harnessed the healing power of seaweed to develop a new technique that can repair damaged brain tissue.
World’s first research centre on the social science of blockchain
RMIT has established the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub to take advantage of the global blockchain revolution.
New diagnostic tool spots first signs of Parkinson’s disease
Researchers have developed the first tool that can diagnose Parkinson’s disease when there are no physical symptoms, offering hope for more effective treatment of the condition.
RMIT Futures Conference 2017: Research Requires Collaboration
Australia's future in a competitive world depends on effective collaborative approaches – so how can universities and industry come together to make that happen?
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs to present 2017 Higinbotham Lecture
RMIT celebrates the legacy of politician and Chief Justice George Higinbotham (1826 – 1892) through an annual public lecture.
Smart home technology: not the brightest way to save energy
A new study by RMIT University has found smart home control devices may actually increase energy use rather than cutting it, with households using them more for lifestyle benefits than to save power.
Diversity reduces community fears: study
People living in more diverse suburbs are less likely to express or experience Islamophobia, according to new RMIT research.
RMIT campuses open their doors
RMIT University’s City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses are open to all this Sunday, 13 August from 10am to 4pm – RMIT’s Open Day.
How to pave over our big butt problem
Soon the footpath you walk on could be full of cigarette butts, instead of being littered with them.
RMIT and the Human Rights Commission survey
RMIT acknowledges today’s Australian Human Rights Commission national survey results into sexual harassment and sexual assault in higher education as confronting for the university sector.
World premiere of Lichen concert by ELISION ensemble
On Tuesday 8 August, musicians from Australia’s international contemporary music ensemble ELISION will perform the world premiere of Matthew Sergeant’s Lichen.
Making OUT – provocative temptation or the practice of making …?
Making OUT – the 17th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia biennial conference – takes place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August in Melbourne at RMIT University and the NGV.
Senator to launch global humanitarianism and development books
Senator Penny Wong is coming to RMIT University next week to launch two books examining humanitarian interventions and international development.
Madrid art collective’s human rabbits to take Melbourne by storm
On Friday 28 July, from 12-2pm, 50 human rabbits will invade downtown Melbourne.
New research points to treatment breakthrough for viruses
RMIT scientists in Melbourne have led an international collaboration that potentially unlocks better treatment of viral diseases, including the flu and common cold.
Fast Fashion exhibition undresses fashion waste
RMIT Gallery’s exhibition Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion (21 July - 9 September) takes a critical look behind the scenes of the fashion industry and consumer habits.
Indigenous students VIEW their future in engineering
Young Indigenous students from across Australia spent yesterday at RMIT learning more about engineering.
Seeing the coloured light: bee brains open way for better cameras
New research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.