Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Future

The world is currently facing many global challenges in areas including health, climate, energy, the environment and our diminishing natural resources. Here at the Future Industries Institute, we are tackling these issues through our innovative research, highly-skilled and engaged researchers, our industry partnerships and collaborative relationships. We encourage our researchers to seek solutions that are informed by real-world issues.  Our researchers work across the boundaries between industry, end users and academia, tackling scientific and engineering challenges that span from fundamental science to translational research.

We are proud of the outstanding quality of their world-class research as evidenced by Excellence in Research for Australia, where UniSA ranks as “Well above World Class” for 20 fields with FII researchers contributing to a number of these including Physical and Structural Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Our interdisciplinary research capacity is captured in the Institute’s 5 Sectors in which we work: High-Tech Manufacturing, Medical Technology, Healthy Environments, Sustainable Resources, and Smart Energy. Underpinned by our world class infrastructure and facilities including nodes of the Australian National Fabrication Facility and Microscopy Australia, our researchers are challenging the way in which research is done and aiming to improve the lives of people both now and in the future.




Professor Peter Murphy




Professor Allison Cowin
Deputy Director

Leadership Team

Each FII Professorial Lead manages a Portfolio that is aligned to their research expertise as their experience in these fields coupled with their scientific innovation not only identifies new research opportunities but also provides mentorship to early to mid-career researchers and PhD students.


Professor Peter Murphy
Director FII and David Klingberg Chair in Energy & Advanced Manufacturing, FII Portfolio: Strategic Partnerships
Professor Allison Cowin
Deputy Director, FII Portfolio: Category 1 Grants & Research Integrity and Ethics
Professor David Giles
Research Professor and John Ralston Chair in Minerals & Resources Engineering, FII Portfolio: CRC Engagement Strategy
Professor Drew Evans
Research Professor, FII Portfolio: Research Quality & Metrics
Professor Colin Hall
Research Professor, FII Portfolio: Industry Engagement (Category 3 Grants)
Professor Marta Krasowska
Professor in Physical Chemistry, FII Portfolio: Research Communication
Professor Craig Priest
Professor, FII Portfolio: Research Teaching Connection
Associate Professor Caroline Tiddy
Associate Professor in Geoscience, FII Portfolio: Engagement & Culture


We invite you to contact us to explore an opportunity and develop an exciting,
mutually beneficial and multifaceted relationship with you and your company.