Monash University Progress Report 2020 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
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Monash Infrastructure is a gateway to world class infrastructure research and development capabilities at Monash University. Our researchers provide the expertise, resources and access to international knowledge networks to develop cutting-edge solutions that make the world's infrastructure – both existing and new – more cost effective, smarter, resilient, productive and sustainable. The group’s areas of specialisation range across transport, water, structures, information and communications and planning and management.
In 2020, research as part of The Melbourne Experiment focused on travel and activity patterns of Melbourne residents due to the COVID-19 shutdown to understand how this might influence long-term travel behaviour in Melbourne, while also considering if the city’s $32 billion ‘big build’ infrastructure program would still be needed.
A total of $28 million in funding was announced under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program in March 2020 to establish the Building 4.0 CRC at Monash.
A collaboration between Monash, Lendlease, the University of Melbourne, Donovan Group, BlueScope, Sumitomo Forestry, CSR and 23 other research and industry partners, the Building 4.0 CRC will utilise digital solutions, and new products and processes to transform the design and manufacture of buildings in Australia.
The anticipated outcomes of the initiative include reduction in construction waste, reduction in Co2 emissions, reduction in project costs through digital technology and off-site manufacturing and reduction in project delays.
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.78
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 208
Monash Makerspace is a state-of-the-art fabrication facility and prototyping centre with deep-rooted links to local industry. In this dedicated space to dream, design and make; students engage with authentic projects and develop skills for their future careers. The Makerspace is the active and ambitious home of our student teams initiative and a collaborative space that supports the entrepreneurial activities of our start-ups at the co-located Monash Generator.
Each year, the Leave No One Behind kicks off with a Social Innovation Summit. It is open to all eligible students and alumni as a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable development and social business. It includes presentations by industry experts, as well as some hands-on teamwork to spark new ideas and build skills.
In 2020, 105 units directly related to SDG9 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 7,586 students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to industry, innovation and infrastructure:
The Generator is Monash’s University's central startup hub. It is a place for innovative thinkers, change-makers, and entrepreneurs to challenge the status quo and make good things happen. The Generator provides resources and programs to support every stage of the startup process, from getting ideas off the ground to commercialisation. In 2020, The Generator supported more than 350 people to launch ideas, with 147 teams completing one of the programs.
The Monash Technology Precinct at Clayton is a world class locus of research, industry development and commercialisation facilities, including the Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Monash Medical Centre, CSIRO, Monash Business Incubator and nearly 30 research platforms encouraging research translation and commercialisation.
Throughout 2020 the University continued to deepen its collaboration with industry partners to drive research translation and innovation.
Monash Innovation helps take research outcomes and turn them into innovative solutions to problems facing our communities, our nation and our globe. They work with partners to identify major challenges and develop strategies and teams (involving Monash researchers and external partners) to tackle them, as well as to take Monash discoveries through to market for the delivery of sustainable impact.
As a campus environment in a strong part of the electricity distribution network, Monash is able to test technologies with a maturity level lower than would be acceptable in alternative environments.
The Monash Smart Energy City microgrid program provides a realistic and useful platform for research into technological, business and customer behavioural features of the deployment of distributed resources and their coordination through microgrid operations. The microgrid system is intended to be a fully functioning local electricity network and trading market with dynamic optimisation of resources interacting with an external energy market.