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Partnerships drive the impact of research at the University of Wollongong.

UOW Partners for Research Impact is the final instalment in our impact series, which commenced with 40 Years of Research Impact (2015) and was followed in 2016 by UOW Women of Impact.

In UOW Partners for Research Impact, we demonstrate how our research partnerships are bearing influence: from materials scientists and surgeons working together to create medical devices that are literally ‘re-writing’ how surgical procedures are performed; to health academics, advocates and local government working together to improve social inclusion for people with dementia.

Our researchers and their partners are improving the longevity and cost effectiveness of Australian railways; they are using art to bridge farming communities and the environment; they are implementing technology to convert waste into energy; they are understanding how early childhood education influences long term academic outcomes.

Across the 41 profiles featured within, UOW researchers are working with 144 partner organisations from industry, government and the community. Many of these partnerships are multifaceted, deep and enduring. The momentum required for sustaining these connections and helping them to flourish is a reflection of the commitment, energy and perseverance of the researchers involved.

There are so many stories to tell of impact at the University of Wollongong. I look forward to hearing how our connections continue to effect social and technological change into the future.

Professor Judy Raper
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

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