Bond University, with its strong reputation for delivering quality education, is now confirming its place as a research partner of choice by providing world class research services to industry.
Bond is advancing its research activities at break-neck speed, with a staggering 87% increase in external research funding recorded over the previous year.
In the same period, the University also announced its first multi-disciplinary research centre, was awarded its first commercialisation grant, and experienced a record number of Higher Degree Research student enrolments.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at Bond University, Professor Chris Del Mar, says that research is an integral part of Bond’s success.
"With a research profile ranging from cutting edge to intensely practical projects, Bond University is at the forefront of ‘new thinking’, developing innovative solutions to real world problems," Professor Del Mar said.
"Our success is built on devising workable solutions, tailored to suit the specific requirements of our regional, national and global industry and government partners," he said.
The University’s burgeoning research portfolio facilitated the establishment of three University Research Centres last year, in the fields of forensics, health informatics and sports.
"Each Centre combines the expertise of two or more Faculties, allowing for collaborative research ventures among our Academics and creating a vigorous research culture," Professor Del Mar said.
Professor Del Mar pointed to the University’s interdisciplinary Research Centre for Forensic Excellence, established in September 2007, as an example.
"The Centre combines expertise from Bond’s Faculties of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences and Medicine, so it encompasses all aspects of forensic studies," he said.
"Patron of the Centre is the Honourable Justice Michael Kirby, of the High Court of Australia, and Advisory Board members include well known individuals such as the Director of the Australian Federal Police Forensic Services, a senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Senior Director of Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services."
He said the primary purpose of the Centre would be to undertake research encompassing all aspects of forensic studies and facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the various stakeholders in the forensics process – from the laboratory to the courtroom.
"We will be assisting all those engaged in forensic disciplines to begin speaking in a common language, replacing what currently appears to be a ‘dialogue of the deaf’ between specialists who have no obvious common ground.
"Perhaps it is unrealistic to expect to be able to fully educate lawyers in the mysteries of molecular biology or forensic psychology, (and vice versa), but we feel there is much to gain from inviting an exchange of perspectives in a mutually supportive environment," he said.
The new Centre for Forensic Excellence joins a rapidly growing portfolio of University-wide, and Faculty-based Research Centres at Bond University, that offer expertise on topics ranging from New Media and Education to Global Trade and Finance.
The extensive expertise and technological resources that exist at Bond University are made accessible to industry and government through the Bond University Research and Consultancy Services (BURCS).
"BURCS provides the link to researchers who can help with providing innovative, timely solutions to business problems or investigating R&D opportunities," Professor Del Mar said.
Services offered by Bond University include:
Contract or commercial research
Testing and analysis
Expert witness opinion
Identification and preparation of research funding applications
Student projects and internships
For further information about Bond University’s research activities and services, contact BURCS on (07) 5595 1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.