At the University of Melbourne, the fusion of ideas and approaches underpins a story of growth and innovation. Our researchers work across disciplines, and in partnerships with our wider communities, to build potential solutions to some of the world’s most pressing questions.

Interdisciplinary research collaboration is integral to the University of Melbourne’s overarching research strategy. This is exemplified in the University’s three Grand Challenges – Understanding our Place and Purpose, Fostering Health and Wellbeing, and Supporting Sustainability and Resilience. The University is committed to bringing researchers together from across disciplines to tackle some of society’s most complex problems in innovative ways; whilst continuing to also nurture deep discipline depth.

The Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Hallmark Research Initiatives catalyse new interdisciplinary collaborations to foster research of quality and impact. Sharing our vision for a strong, more resilient and inclusive society, the support of the University’s enthusiastic partners is essential – hospitals, research institutes and centres, advocacy groups, people with lived experience, not-for-profits, industry and government.

The research stories we have profiled are drawn from across the broad scope of interdisciplinary research that takes place at the University of Melbourne. They provide a snapshot of the challenges and opportunities society faces, and illustrate the ways our research activities are tackling them. In particular these stories also describe ways our researchers are collaborating closely with communities beyond the University.

It is through this collision of creative enquiring minds and growing ideas that solutions to complex challenges can be achieved.

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