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Professor Les Field

In our latest “Change the World” series of Research@UNSW, we profile a selection of our top-performing female researchers whose stellar work is having an impact on challenges critical to the world’s future.

The professors featured are all research leaders, working across disciplines ranging from quantum computing and materials science to international refugee law and mental health. Six are Scientia Professors – a special honour given by the University to researchers considered to be at the very top of their fields.

While each professor has her own story of success, all share a particular trait: they approach their high-stakes research in decidedly creative ways; pushing boundaries, taking risks and tackling problems from a different perspective. For many of these women, the success they have enjoyed comes from being pioneers and forging new fields of academic endeavour.

That these women have risen to such prominence is, in many ways, unsurprising. UNSW has a rich history of innovation and research excellence, as we demonstrated in the first publication in this series – 10 Innovations that changed our world.

The technologies and projects outlined in that volume laid the foundation for the success of our current generation of researchers.

I hope these success stories inspire a new generation of scholars to pursue their own exciting work and establish rewarding research careers. Watch out for the next publication in this series, which will focus on our rising stars.

Many of the achievements showcased here have been made possible by the support of our industry and government partners, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). We highly value collaboration and encourage you to contact us with any questions about the projects profiled here, or about other research underway at UNSW.

For now, please enjoy the latest in our Research@UNSW series: 15 Women changing our world.

Professor Les Field AM FAA
Vice-President and
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
UNSW Australia

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Each professor shares a particular trait: they approach their high-stakes research in decidedly creative ways; pushing boundaries, taking risks and tackling problems from a different perspective.