On Monday 24 January 2011 the Federal Government released the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was an assessment of the quality of research in all subjects in all Australian universities. The outcome for the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine (AFW) was outstanding – it scored 5, the maximum possible score, for the overarching area of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences as well as 5s in the following discipline areas:
- Plant Biology
- Crop and Pasture Production
- Horticultural Production (which includes the School’s research in viticulture and oenology as well as other horticultural crops)
- Soil Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics (to which the School’s food research group contributed)
A score of 5 is defined by ERA as indicating the research is well above world standard, and the full list of all scores can be found at the ERA website.
The outcome for the School confirms that its research is at the highest international level and secures its reputation as the foremost place for agricultural research in Australian universities.
I would like to thank everyone at in the School and on the Waite Campus for their individual and collective contributions to this magnificent outcome.