Social housing in Australia must triple to meet demand: report
Australia needs to triple the amount of social housing built over the next 20 years if it is to meet future demands, a new study has found.
Blockchain trading software has future in gold mining
A new software platform designed by RMIT students allows miners to trade on the future value of their unprocessed materials.
Drones can now flap wings, ride wind currents like birds
The next generation of unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines, thanks to new research.
Urban greening installation improves wellbeing
A new installation featuring native plants and a wildlife soundscape is on display at RMIT, exploring the relationship between urban greening and wellbeing.
History blooms with commemorative artwork
A wreath of wearable enamel brooches is on display at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in a creative tribute to the stories of the first world war.
New alliance to drive innovation in aged care
RMIT University has joined innovAGEING to create a knowledge alliance that will link research with product and service development in the aged care industry.
Tech breakthrough to allow 100-times-faster internet
Groundbreaking new technology allows super-fast internet by harnessing twisted light beams to carry more data and process it faster.
RMIT researchers win prestigious 2018 Victoria Fellowship
RMIT researchers Sumeet Walia and Flora Salim have been awarded Victoria Fellowships for their outstanding work in nanotechnology and data science respectively.
Computers use social media data to predict crime
Algorithms can now predict the time and place of various crimes by analysing location-based data from social media users.
Grey matters: why your brain needs sleep
Ahead of this week’s Sleep and Brain Health Symposium, Dr Melinda Jackson from RMIT’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences shares the ugly truth about quality sleep and a healthy brain.
Better GPS opens new opportunities for industry
Leading geospatial scientists say Australian industries are yet to fully tap the potential of rapidly improving Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
The value of esports: a partnership between Essendon Football Club and RMIT
The rapidly growing esports industry is set to be the subject of a new study, providing a unique insight into the networked media sports industry.
Immune control: Treating brain injury with an on/off switch
Australian researchers have developed groundbreaking technology for controlling the body’s own immune response to brain damage, in an advance that could prove crucial in treating brain injuries.
It just got easier to find your dream job
You can now find your dream job faster thanks to SEEK search engine improvements developed in a major industry collaboration.
The race to build a quantum computer
Tasks that take billions of years done in just minutes. That’s the quantum revolution coming to computing and it’s set to transform our whole society.
Algorithms, AI and robots: architecture's new frontier
Poised at the intersection of design and technology, architect Alisa Andrasek is using algorithmic design and robotic construction to create sweeping forms and spaces fit for the future.
Thermal imaging improves diabetes related foot ulcer assessment
Thermal imaging can better predict a diabetes related foot ulcer’s size and the healing trajectory than conventional methods, Melbourne-led research has found.
Diagnostic advance: gas-sensing capsule set to hit market by 2022
An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo Biosciences.
Sun exposure gets personal with wearable UV sensors
Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors.
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.
Senate Inquiry first step towards addressing hidden financial abuse
RMIT’s Supriya Singh to present to the Senate Inquiry on dowry abuse in Australia, throwing light on the devastating effects of unseen economic abuse and the need to criminalise it.
Global study on the impact of social media for citizen engagement
RMIT and Oslo Metropolitan University researchers are studying the use of social media to support citizen participation in local government in a study funded by The Research Council of Norway.
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.
Pushing ‘print’ on large-scale piezoelectric materials
The production of motion sensing devices in mobile phones could become cheaper and more energy-efficient through pioneering work on piezoelectrics by researchers at RMIT.
Blockchain to boost charity donations
Charities and philanthropic organisations are investigating the potential of blockchain technology to solve their trust problem.
Bloody marvels: How micro devices are delivering big blood results
From rapid diagnosis of heart attacks to screening bleeding disorders, tiny devices designed to handle the complexities of blood could be the future of pathology.
Report: affordability driving Australia’s digital divide
A new report from RMIT University and Telstra shows Australians are spending more time online than ever before, with affordability the biggest barrier for those being left behind.
Medical device technologies win major innovation awards
Pioneering medical technologies developed at RMIT University have won top spots in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS "Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation".
Smart system makes humans and machines better flight partners
RMIT research is helping machines work better with pilots and air traffic controllers.
The gut-brain connection: a new frontier for autism research
Researchers are discovering new connections between the brain and gut that could make a difference to the daily life of children with autism and their families.
Forging ahead in academic rankings
RMIT continues to advance on the global stage with further gains made in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
Coming out at work is complex and an ongoing dilemma, research finds
Less than a third of LGBTIQ+ employees are out to all their colleagues and this significantly compromises their wellbeing and work performance, new research has found.
Pioneering health research awarded NHMRC fellowship and funding
RMIT researchers working to harness the power of nanotechnology to personalise medicine and to develop new technology for analysing blood clots have been awarded over $1.4 million in NHRMC funding.
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.
Third time’s the charm: how to overcome your public speaking fears
Scared of giving a speech? Dread the idea of a job interview? Avatars and virtual reality could be the key to overcoming public speaking fears, according to an RMIT researcher.
Seven myths about homelessness busted
As experts and policymakers gather for Homelessness Week, we take a closer look at common myths and misconceptions about some of our most vulnerable citizens.
New Future Fellows boost RMIT research
New ARC Future Fellowships awarded to RMIT researchers will support landmark projects on foetal brain development, improving human rights and cutting-edge photonics.
Edukate: Dr Kate Fox nominated for leadership award
Dr Kate Fox knows exactly why she gets up every morning.
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.
RMIT Europe to lead €2.5 million European research project for open innovation
RMIT's European hub is set to lead a global network of researchers and industry practitioners focused on open innovation, university-industry cooperation and research translation.
How design and technology is transforming healthcare: Insights from global experts
Experts across the health ecosystem have shared their insights on the way healthcare is being impacted in a digitally connected world at a recent RMIT health innovation symposium in Europe.
Sydney liveability scorecard reveals urban wins and fails
A new report measuring Sydney’s liveability progress finds the city is struggling to meet its public transport targets, but other Australian capitals should aim to replicate its ambitious policies.
New partnership to help prevent aquatic pollution
A new $5 million partnership between RMIT University and Melbourne Water will help combat pollution in Australia’s waterways and bays.
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.
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.
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.
New study probes links between apartment design and mental health
Researchers are investigating how to improve apartment design policy to enhance the mental health of residents.
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 RMIT Gallery from 29 June to 18 August.
Laser-made aircraft parts
Researchers are 3D printing aircraft parts using new laser technology that could transform industry.
Research on law reform protects vulnerable workers
Workers’ rights have been boosted with regulation of the labour hire sector in Victoria, thanks to research undertaken by an RMIT academic in partnership with the State Government.
Interactive storytelling machine captivates audiences
On display in Melbourne this June as part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, an innovative digital installation turns audiences into artists.
Dual accolades for Madhu Bhaskaran
Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran's work in the field of flexible electronics has been recognised with two significant honours.
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.
Cyber safety in remote Aboriginal communities: report
RMIT University has released the key findings from a new report commissioned by Telstra to better understand the barriers to digital inclusion for remote Indigenous Australians.
Beyond colour in cellular microscopy
A new microscopy technique developed at RMIT allows researchers to see more of what’s happening inside cells.
One in three Australian kids exposed to disadvantage, new research reveals
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.
Back to the future as researchers invent real-life flux capacitor
The "Back to the Future" time machine runs on an imaginary flux capacitor but could the movie invention become reality?
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.
Supported saving boosts financial wellbeing: report
A new RMIT report confirms actively saving is one of the most important influences on financial wellbeing, benefitting not only individuals but their households, communities and the broader economy.
Dry zones and other temperance hangovers
Anti-alcohol measures like dry zones are not just a part of history: their legacy continues to feed into our approach to urban planning today.
Designing in response to Indigenous sovereignty
An interactive Wiradjuri-RMIT project is among the winners in the social impact category at the 2018 Good Design Awards.
New report settles the score on Perth’s liveability
A new report measuring Perth’s liveability progress has found that despite improvements, the city is struggling to meet its targets for policy implementation.
New plant app a force of nature at international internet awards
A new virtual greening app, based on research from RMIT and the University of Melbourne, has won both the People’s Voice and the Judge's Webby Award – the "internet’s highest honour".
Connecting culture, tradition and fashion in Vietnam
An immersive journey to the mountains of northern Vietnam brought new insights into the vibrant traditional fashion of ethnic minority groups.
Melbourne needs second metro, experts warn
Urban researchers are calling for a second Melbourne Metro Rail, warning the current project won’t meet the expected capacity demand unless the city plans for more rail line infrastructure.
RMIT researchers to drive transformations in food, energy and health
RMIT University is part of three major new Cooperative Research Centres, that are investing more than $420 million to tackle the critical challenges of food waste, future fuels and digital health.
Design veteran set to lead landscape architecture at RMIT
Associate Professor Katrina Simon has been announced as RMIT’s new Associate Dean of Landscape Architecture, in the School of Architecture and Urban Design.
Capturing the essence of Queen Vic Market
The smell of fish, the gleam of fresh vegetables, the chill outside the sheds… research shows the heart and soul of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is not in its bricks and mortar.
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.
RMIT report sheds light on energy poverty in Barcelona
More than 10% of Barcelona's population experiences energy poverty according to RMIT research commissioned by Barcelona City Council.
European funding award to create network of 'edible cities'
RMIT is set to help develop of a global network of cities focused on green infrastructure and food production solutions after being named a partner on a €11.5 million European research project.
Citizen scientists take heatwaves into their own hands
RMIT researchers are working with citizen scientists in Melbourne to collect local climate data that will enable communities to plan for extreme heat.
ROO takes to the sky in Australia
A new Robotic Optical Observatory (ROO) Telescope installed at RMIT University has generated new partnerships and research opportunities.
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.
RMIT and United Nations University collaborate for urban futures
RMIT University and United Nations University are collaborating on smart urban innovation and technology-enabled user engagement projects.
All power to the proton: researchers make battery breakthrough
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery” that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
Digital artwork captures community life
An interactive sculpture is connecting residents with the rhythms of community life and creating a vibrant cultural centre in a developing suburb in Melbourne’s south-east.
Design evolution: building a radically new kind of hearing aid
Developing the world’s first modular hearing aid took 130 prototypes but for the researcher behind the revolutionary design, each miniscule change was critical.
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.
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”.
RMIT researcher heads to US in battle against nukes
How the world can avoid nuclear doomsday while our weapons are getting more deadly will be the focus of 2018 Fulbright Scholarship winner Dr Aiden Warren.
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.
3D printed clip-on turns smartphone into fully operational microscope
Researchers have developed a 3D printable “clip-on” that allows anyone – from scientists to the scientifically curious – to turn their smartphone into a fully functional microscope.
Breaking through: research in the real world
How do we get new technology out of the lab into the community, and pull new knowledge out of academic papers and into policy?
Forget predictive text – predictive digital assistants are coming
A predictive digital assistant that helps you complete complex daily tasks could soon be in your hands, thanks to a new collaboration between RMIT University and Microsoft.
Electric career in electrical engineering honoured with major medal
Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu has been honoured for his major contribution to electrical engineering with the 2018 MA Sargent Medal.
Innovative 3D printed installation brings the Antarctic to Melbourne
A collaboration between two RMIT researchers, the unique cross-disciplinary installation is on display as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s free Triennial EXTRA program.
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.
Researchers develop technology to reduce bushfire risk
Researchers at RMIT have developed technology that can detect which types of trees and plants are more likely to cause powerline faults, potentially sparking bushfires.
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.
Funding win offers fresh hope in fight against lung disease
RMIT researchers will help drive the next wave of medical breakthroughs to beat lung diseases after winning more than $3.4 million in government funding.
Meet Dayanthi Nugegoda: pollution detective
Professor Dayanthi Nugegoda’s expertise in environmental toxicology is playing an important role in managing the balance between industry and the environment.
People of the river
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.
Citizens to help inform the future of nanotechnology in Europe
RMIT is a partner in a €2M research project focused on aligning future developments and applications of nanotechnology with societal needs.
RMIT strengthens research ties between Australia and Europe
RMIT's research expertise across information and communication technologies (ICT) was in the spotlight at the recent European Commission's ICT Proposer's Day in Hungary, Budapest.
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.
Digital health in focus at RMIT Europe
RMIT has strengthened its commitment to health research and innovation by appointing healthcare innovator Susan Feitoza to head up its digital health division at RMIT Europe in Barcelona.
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.
The future of food and how we eat on the menu
How digital design and new technologies are reshaping the future of food and our relationship with what eat is being chewed over at RMIT University.
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.
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.
Research gets redefined in one of Barcelona's hottest barrios
Innovation, knowledge sharing and driven transformation is fuelling the microclimate in Barcelona's 22@ zone, the fast-growing hotspot in the barrio (neighbourhood) of Poblenou.
Appointment of leading medical researcher a healthy boost for RMIT
Professor Magdalena Plebanski has been appointed as the inaugural director of RMIT’s Biomedical and Health Innovation Enabling Capability Platform (ECP).
Faster search engines and cleaner water thanks to ARC funding
RMIT University has been awarded $6.8 million by the Australian Government in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.
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.
Fellowship a tasty treat for disease-busting gut capsule
RMIT’s Dr Jianzhen Ou will enhance a human gas capsule that better detects gut diseases after winning a Victoria Fellowship.
The chips stack up with Victoria Fellowship win
The researcher behind a new nanophotonic chip that could significantly boost internet speeds and beat the “big data crunch” has won a prestigious Victoria Fellowship.
Fashion students and industry team up to look forward
The studio-led design pop-up event 'Fast Forward: Fashion 2030' at RMIT Gallery showcased a timely collaboration.
All aboard a remarkable cultural adventure
Cuba’s Ambassador has visited RMIT to spotlight an innovative partnership between RMIT Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST) and Cuba that will culminate in the 2019 Bienal de la Habana.
Liquid metal breakthrough ushers 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 report from RMIT University has found.
RMIT research examines the way culture and politics impact housing design regulations
RMIT PhD candidate Alexandra Gower has recently been in London and Barcelona to study the impact of culture and politics on regulations for high-density housing design.
RMIT partners with University of São Paulo for Brazilian cities
RMIT University and the University of São Paulo have partnered to establish the first regional office of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme, in São Paulo, Brazil.
RMIT connects with Industry 4.0 leaders in Germany
RMIT has strengthened its global connections across Industry 4.0 by collaborating with nine of the largest technical universities in Germany.
Sensational works on sensors snare major award
RMIT University’s Distinguished Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh has been recognised as making the biggest impact in measurement science across the Asia-Pacific region in the last five years.
New partnership in health innovation connects Australia and Spain
Innovative therapy to assist with brain injury rehabilitation is extending to Spain as part of a new agreement between RMIT and one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals.
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.
Human gas capsule wins funding to push smart pill to market
RMIT “smart pills” that could beat gut-busting diseases are one of six novel Australian digital health technologies to win funding in the inaugural round of the ANDHealth+ Program.
Bringing a fresh mindset to mental health
RMIT University’s first Fulbright postdoctoral fellow doesn’t believe in mental illness, despite being diagnosed with one at 14.
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.
Notes from the field: Elections in Timor Leste
Emily Toome is in Timor-Leste conducting field work for her PhD thesis. She reflects on the mood of the nation's capital during this year's parliamentary elections.
Notes from the field: New Caledonia 2017
Centre for Global Research member and Convenor of Languages, Dr Kerry Mullan, recently returned from a two week study tour to New Caledonia with students from RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
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.
Winner reveals secrets behind three minute thesis triumph
Jozica Kutin will represent RMIT University at the national final of the 3 Minute Thesis later this month. Here she tells us why less is more when explaining research.
World’s first research centre on social science of blockchain
RMIT has established the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub to take advantage of the global blockchain revolution.
Public street actions: spreading optimism through art
Fifty masked rabbits don't go unnoticed.
Eureka moment for unbreakable 'electronic skin'
RMIT researcher Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran has won the prestigious 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.
International award for smart pill researcher
One of RMIT University’s top researchers has earned a prestigious international award for his work on the gas-sensing "smart pill".
Accolades keep coming for pioneering engineer
Distinguished Professor Mike Xie, Director of RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, is having an incredible year.
Australian hopes riding on RMIT drones
An RMIT team of drones researchers – including undergraduate and postgraduate students – is flying off to France for an international competition.
New study exposes the sacrifices families make to pay energy bills
A new report by the Victorian Council of Social Service and the RMIT Centre for Urban Research shows the struggles and sacrifices Australians on low-incomes are making to stay connected to power.
RMIT talks spring new science into the public sphere
RMIT has launched an annual series of free public lectures demonstrating how research is meeting the challenges of 21st century science.
RMIT proudly supports marriage equality
RMIT University proudly supports marriage equality and believes it’s a basic right that people, regardless of who they choose to love, should be recognised equally by law.
Ground-breaking urban design study earns international award
Research collaborators from the University of Western Australia and RMIT studying the impact of the design of 73 housing developments on residents’ wellbeing have won a prestigious award.
Accolades keep coming for pioneering engineer reshaping construction
Distinguished Professor Mike Xie, Director of RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, is having an incredible run of winning awards.
RMIT commended for LGBTI workplace inclusion
RMIT has been awarded Bronze Employer status in the 2017 Australian Workplace Equality Index.
Game on for RMIT game researchers after Microsoft office trip
Students from RMIT could soon be gaining insight from one of the world’s largest software developers thanks to a link-up between RMIT researchers and Microsoft.
Australia-India collaboration to deliver new PhD program
RMIT University has formed a strategic alliance with the Indian Academy of Science and Innovation Research (AcSIR) to deliver a ground-breaking joint PhD program.
Diversity reduces community fears: study
People living in more diverse suburbs are less likely to express or experience Islamophobia, according to new RMIT research.
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.
Simple formula provides clear view of a new future
New study from RMIT University PhD student unlocks the incredible potential of bulk metallic glass.
More Australians online but our digital divide deepens
New research from RMIT University shows that online participation is rising across Australia, but there are still significant gaps between the digitally included and excluded.
RMIT researcher in line for Eureka moment
Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran is a finalist in the prestigious 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for her work on unbreakable, stretchable and wearable electronics.
RMIT awarded funding for nanotechnology research in Europe
RMIT is part of a multi-institution consortium awarded a prestigious European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation grant worth €2M and focused on nanotechnology development.
Beyond Fast Fashion: Imagining a future without fashion waste
Fashion is enticing, playful, consumable and therefore lucrative. As an industry it has a darker reputation that lurks behind the cheap clothes and sale signs luring in customers.
Cultivation of a food sharing culture in Barcelona
RMIT and Trinity College Dublin researcher Dr Ferne Edwards has spent the past few months harvesting food, distributing organic goods and joining strangers around communal dinner tables.
European forum examines the future of drones in design and construction
Drones and the digital transformation of the built environment were in focus at a recent forum for industry and researchers at RMIT's European hub in Barcelona.
RMIT commits to restorative justice for survivors of sexual assault
RMIT will become one of the first universities in Australia to commit to a process of restorative justice as part of a suite of responses in relation to sexual harassment and assault.
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.
RMIT professor enlisted for case-based Bloomsbury fashion resource
Professor Michael Beverland has been appointed subject editor of the online resource designed to benefit fashion educators around the world.
Seeing the coloured light: bee brains open way for better cameras
Research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.
A big win for unbreakable devices and 'electronic' skin
The development of stretchable oxide electronics has seen an RMIT University engineer named one of Australia’s top innovators. The breakthrough could also help beat skin cancer.
From refugee to researcher to STEM superstar
She arrived in Australia as an asylum-seeker from the Vietnam War with no English-speaking skills and nothing but the clothes on her back.
Arts spending returns big bucks
In groundbreaking research which measures the real value of arts spending by the City of Melbourne, RMIT academics have quantified the economic and social impact of the Council’s arts investment.
RMIT inspires Bangkok city planners tackling livability issues
RMIT has hosted delegates from Bangkok Metropolitan Government, with the University’s urban experts helping guide innovative solutions for livability challenges facing the Thai capital.
It takes big thinking to end up really small
Want a watch that’s flexible and paper-thin? Or a phone that bends, not breaks? Researchers at RMIT University are working on micro technology to use in macro products.
Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: study
The world’s largest randomised controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients.
Self-cleaning textiles could clean up in world’s largest design prize
Two RMIT researchers who have designed textiles that can clean themselves in sunlight have been nominated for the world’s largest design prize, the 2017 INDEX: Award.
Major award for pioneer in evolutionary structural optimisation
Distinguished Professor Mike Xie, Director of RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials, has won the prestigious 2017 Clunies Ross Innovation Award.
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour
Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy.
Australia failing to redress human rights abuse by business overseas
A major report published today has found that the Australian government body charged with dealing with alleged human rights abuses by businesses operating overseas is failing.
Australia's digital divide creates new inequalities
Professor Julian Thomas is committed to creating a more inclusive internet.
Meet Sumeet Walia: award-winning nanoelectronics expert
The power of new technologies to advance human progress and improve lives are driving motivations for Dr Sumeet Walia's research.
RMIT among world’s top 250 universities
RMIT has risen to equal 247th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings, cementing its position in the top 1 per cent of global universities.
Kinetic sculpture explores tensions between human and machine
A new performance-based work explores the complex relationship between humans and technology.
Portrait of a modern eco-warrior
Professor Rachel Caruso is harnessing the power of nanoparticles to fight pollution and protect our environment.
Citizen scientists to beat heat and protect marine life
RMIT researchers are joining forces with Australian citizen scientists to counter the economic and health costs of heatwaves, and assess the environmental effects of sunscreen on marine life.
RMIT research to unlock ’game-changing’ tech for Defence
Six new projects will help enhance Australia’s defence and national security, supported by more than $590,000 in Federal Government funding.
Art installation brings the weather indoors
A digital art installation aims to create virtual landscapes based on real-time Melbourne weather data – inside the State Library Victoria.
Gold mining and cybersecurity research supported by Linkage grants
RMIT researchers have been awarded $690,000 in the latest round of Australian Research Council grants.
Joining the dots to a better world
Thirty five years after RMIT gave him his first job, Professor Ivan Cole has returned – and brings with him a determination to make a difference through science.
Iconic Design Hub façade is going solar
RMIT has begun a new phase for the Design Hub with the incorporation of some of the latest breakthroughs in solar technologies into its iconic façade.
Meet Aunty Kerrie Doyle: Research leader and Indigenous health expert
Though she was the first Indigenous Australian woman to graduate from Oxford University, Aunty Kerrie Doyle counts her son’s achievement in getting into a nursing degree as her proudest moment.
You've got to date to innovate
Social media is driving dating in the 21st century. It can also help businesses connect with potential industry “soul mates”.
RMIT event offers new hacks for old business models
Software engineers with a passion for the sharing economy recently converged on RMIT University to help improve business regulation using disruptive technologies.
RMIT leads the conversation on climate change and the future of cities
RMIT is teaming up with industry in Europe to plan for the impacts of climate change on cities, such as droughts and flooding, and to take stock of what city leaders around the world are doing.
Fly Your Ideas student finalists shape future of aviation
Three RMIT students have finished second at the final of the 2017 Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition, a global hunt for ideas to transform the aviation industry.
Computer says yes (let's chat)
Fancy having a chat with your computer? Thanks to computer scientist Professor Mark Sanderson your devices may soon be primed for a deeper kind of conversation.
The future of drones in construction and design: Q&A with Simon Watkins and Alex Fisher
The built environment is undergoing a digital transformation with technology such as drones impacting the whole value chain from design through to operation of buildings and infrastructure.
Supercomputer study unlocks secrets of brain and safer anaesthetics
Researchers have used a supercomputer to show how proteins in the brain control electrical signals, in a breakthrough that could lead to safer and more effective drugs and anaesthetics.
Uber may hold key to housing affordability
The key to improving housing affordability may be “disruptive” thinking, according to RMIT researcher Dr Andrea Sharam.
No dress rehearsal: why we must act now to save our cities
Billie Giles-Corti knows what makes cities liveable. And she says we need to work together to design better urban spaces for everyone.
World’s thinnest hologram paves path to new 3D world
An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world’s thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics like smart phones, computers and TVs.
Spotlight on RMIT's practice-based research program in Europe
RMIT's practice-based PhD research program, which focuses on research in the medium of design practice itself, is in its tenth year of success in Europe.
A matter of life and death
From selfie eulogies to geo-tagging loved ones, Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is examining how mobile media and the internet have altered our lives … and deaths.
Not just ‘revenge porn’ – image-based abuse hits 1 in 5 Australians
The first comprehensive research on “revenge porn” has revealed the mass scale of victimisation across Australia, with 1 in 5 people suffering image-based abuse.
RMIT secures funding for drone research in Spain
RMIT has worked with industry leader Ferrovial Agroman S.A to secure the award of Spanish government funding for a €400k research collaboration.
Bushfire ready, thanks to artificial intelligence
During the chaos of a bushfire, people can be unpredictable. But a new artificial intelligence program developed by RMIT is helping communities plan for big evacuations.
Artists explore conflicted views of the oceans
Once a wild and pristine environment seen as a compelling metaphor for the sacred mysteries of nature, the romantic image of the ocean has been eroded by the global threat of climate change.
Meet Linda Brennan: Humanist social marketer
With a research focus on social marketing and behaviour change, Professor Linda Brennan wants to help people to help themselves towards leading "better", healthier and happier lives.
Mapping the edge of reality
Australian and German researchers have collaborated to develop a genetic algorithm to confirm the rejection of classical notions of causality.
Partnership develops new-look business value index
RMIT academics have partnered with ValueMyBusiness to strengthen its quarterly Index of Business Value Multiples.
Guts and glory for RMIT smart pills
Researchers at RMIT have successfully completed phase one human trials of ingestible capsules that have the potential to revolutionise the prevention and diagnosis of gut disorders and diseases.
Illuminating intersection of nanotechnology and art
What happens when you bring together science, art and a medieval wonder? For Dr Irene Barberis, it’s the culmination of almost 20 years of imagining.
Meet Sylvia Urban: expert in natural products chemistry
A childhood fascination with the natural world led Associate Professor Sylvia Urban on a journey to discover how the chemistry of life can benefit humanity.
RMIT local government expertise offers solutions for Sri Lanka
From waste management to disaster resilience, Sri Lanka is benefiting from RMIT University research thanks to a new framework for sharing ideas and expertise about local government challenges.
Autonomy – the next frontier for drone technology
Aside from pizza and parcel delivery, drones have potential to help in natural disasters, reduce crime and deliver medicine to remote areas. But moving beyond novelty uses is a major challenge.
RMIT welcomes Jenni Tosi as Adjunct Professor
Jenni Tosi, Chief Executive Officer for Film Victoria, has been appointed for three years as Adjunct Professor in Film and Television at RMIT.
Call to phase out lead bullets at shooting ranges
Lead released when people fire weapons at shooting ranges creates such a health risk that lead bullets should be phased out, according to new research.
Younger investors put stock market returns at risk
Stock market investors who are young, male or who use stop losses are more likely to trade frequently and reduce returns, according to new research.
Bio-inspired energy storage: a new light for solar power
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.
Small wonders: The Microscopist reveals his top five shots
“The secrets of life’s minute details are revealed when seen through a microscope lens.”
Researcher teams with industry to enhance cyber security in Vietnam
An RMIT researcher is working with one of Vietnam’s largest building companies on better engaging staff to boost cyber security.
Food printing: coming soon to a kitchen near you
Digital food is quickly becoming a reality and nobody knows this better than RMIT alumnus and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Rohit Ashok Khot.
First Fulbright scholars focus on work mental health
Better understanding of workplace mental health issues is the focus of two inaugural Fulbright scholars at RMIT’s School of Management.
RMIT to launch virtual research centre with Tianjin University
RMIT has joined with Tianjin University (TJU) to launch a virtual research centre for Advanced Automotive Technologies, Design Innovation and 3D Printing.
PR and journalism capabilities challenged in ‘post-truth’ world
In the ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’, post-truth world, journalism and professional communications face similar issues around reputation.
Research centre leads 3D bioprinting revolution
RMIT is a key partner in a revolutionary biomedical research centre bringing health professionals, academics and industry together to take bionic research to the next level.
Meet Stephen Banham: Typographic Archaeologist
The founder of internationally-renowned typographic studio Letterbox, Stephen Banham recently designed the titles for the highly successful feature film Lion.
‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ key to get kids ahead in education and start-ups
Adult children inheriting or being gifted wealth from their parents are more likely to have completed university degrees, be self-employed and have higher bank account balances, a new study finds.
Behind the Lens: 130 years of photography at RMIT
For 130 years, RMIT has been training people to see the world by training them in photography.
Early career researchers from RMIT Vietnam visit Melbourne City campus
Four outstanding researchers from RMIT Vietnam – successful recipients of the RMIT Early Career Researcher (ECR) Enabling Capability Platforms (ECP) Travel Award – visited the Melbourne City campus.
Meet Kay Latham: Scientist, crystal engineer and ‘serendipity junkie’
Relentlessly curious by nature, Professor Kay Latham found school boring – until the moment she discovered chemistry and saw a whole new way of understanding the world.
Exhibition puts Fashion Design Council’s legacy into focus
High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion, now on at RMIT’s Design Hub, examines the continued influence of the legendary Fashion Design Council (FDC) on today’s fashion practice.
RMIT and Luceda Photonics launch new photonics toolset
RMIT University, partnering with Luceda Photonics, has launched a comprehensive toolset of electromagnetic simulators for photonic devices, called REME.
Make history at Melbourne's first music memorabilia event
Lovers of Melbourne’s music scene have the chance to become part of history at a special research event that aims to capture five decades of memories and memorabilia.
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionise electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics.
New approach to address increasing rates of homelessness
A new partnership between Victoria’s leading housing organisation Unison and RMIT will combine academic research and street smarts to improve the lives of 650,000 Australians facing housing issues.
RMIT lights up White Night Melbourne
White Night is one of the major events on Australia’s cultural calendar, and RMIT will once again open its doors and showcase stunning light projections from dusk to dawn.
Indonesia teaching partnership builds collaborative ties
RMIT education academics are working with two Indonesian universities to improve the outcomes of student teachers’ school placements.
RMIT Vietnam awarded European Union research funds
RMIT Vietnam has been named a partner in a €13.4 million research project as part of the EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation funding scheme.
Public WiFi users choose convenience over cybersecurity
Around two million Australians are risking data breaches each day doing their banking and conducting other financial transactions on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, a study has found.
Nanophotonics lab boosts artificial 'mind'
RMIT’s new Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence Nanophotonics will enable the University to play a leading role in national and international brain research.
RMIT researchers win grant to encourage girls in STEM
Learning and teaching researchers at RMIT have won a National Innovation and Science grant to develop opportunities for young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
New diamond harder than ring bling
RMIT researcher Professor Dougal McCulloch has helped develop a diamond that’s predicted to be harder than a jeweller’s diamond.
Doctoral research advances at RMIT Vietnam
RMIT Vietnam has launched a new PhD program and doctoral scholarships for women, advancing research in business, management and engineering.
Health researchers awarded $2.4 million
RMIT researchers have received $2.4 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.
RMIT researcher named among top tech innovators in Asia
RMIT nanoelectronics researcher Dr Sumeet Walia has been named one of the region's top tech innovators by the MIT Technology Review.
The role of built environment professionals before and after disaster: report
RMIT has tackled issues impacting the built environment profession at a symposium on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, conflict risk management, recovery and reconstruction.
Book launch highlights strategic design
A new book exploring the importance of strategic design has been launched at RMIT.