Annabel McGilvray, writing in Nature, says:
Australia’s two largest cities have much to celebrate. A historic rivalry is alive and well in research circles, as both capitals strive to attract the best researchers and produce science that makes a difference.
She goes on to point out that if you were plotting the biomedical research hub of Australia, you would begin on Royal Parade, in the central Melbourne area of Parkville. Within a radius of less than 250 metres there are three of the country’s leading medical research institutes. Venture as far as 500 metres and you come across eight more, including a pair of universities and two leading public hospitals.
It’s a critical mass of research activity that helped Australia’s second most populous city generate a significant lead over its northern rival in high-quality science output in 2015. In that year, 83 Melbourne institutions contributed to 1,748 publications in the journals that are part of the index. The greatest contribution was in chemistry and the life sciences, driven largely by the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
The full article can be found here, Nature – Volume 538 Issue 7626 – Sydney & Melbourne : A tale of two cities
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