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The Barbara Hardy Institute was formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies with the Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Environments. This page gives a brief account of the antecedent research concentrations and how they were formed at UniSA.


1984

The Agricultural Machinery Research and Design Centre was formed with Director John Fielke. The Centre evolved out of a need in the industry for quality research and development into the engineering aspects of agriculture and the processes of adding of value to agricultural products.


1992

The Transport Systems Centre was formed with Director Michael Taylor. The Centre focused on strategic and applied research, consultancy, and postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, seeking long-term solutions to problems of transport and logistics.


1993

The Centre for Building and Planning Studies was formed with Director George Zillante. The Centre was established to provide resources and opportunities for research into the planning, design and development functions of government, industry and community. It has developed an expert advisory consultant service to the building and planning industry.


1995

The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics was formed with Director Jerzy Filar. It's focus was specialist mathematical research and consulting, with an emphasis on mathematical and computer modelling techniques.


1996

The Sustainable Energy Centre was formed with Director Wasim Saman. With an emphasis on developing and promoting systems and technologies which contribute to climate change mitigation and adaption, it focused on energy demand-side management and renewable energy applications.


2002

Leaders of the centres started planning to form a research Institute.


2003

The Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies Initiative was formed through the University of South Australia Emerging Thematic Priorities Scheme. The leaders were Michael Taylor (2003) followed by Wasim Saman and Jerzy Filar (2004-2005).


2006

The Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies  was launched, incorporating the centres. The founding Director was Wasim Saman.


2007

The Centre for Building and Planning Studies joined the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.


2009

The Barbara Hardy Centre was formed with Director Chris Daniels. It was focussed on the sustainability of cities, the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of the natural processes that sustain life. With their work underpinned by community participation and education.


2009

Michael Taylor was appointed Director of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.


2009

The Regional Sustainability Centre located at Whyalla Campus was formed in 2009 as part of  the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, with Director Farid Christo. Establishment of the Centre was in response to projected increase in demands for energy and water resources in regional South Australia.


2010

The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics formed another research concentration with Director Vladimir Ejov with some members remaining within the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.


2011

The Barbara Hardy Centre amalgamated with the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, forming the Barbara Hardy Institute, with Chris Daniels as its Director. The Barbara Hardy Institute officially launched on November 30.

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