Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

The National Life Sciences Hub ('NaLSH')

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) NaLSH is an integrated science hub for food security, human, plant and animal health.  The NaLSH includes the Life Sciences Building, Phytotron and Rhyzolysimeter.  It is a state of the art scientific Research, learning and teaching complex constructed to strengthen and grow national education and research excellence while achieving significant outcomes in these national priority areas:  plant and animal sciences, food production and security, animal health and water and environmental sciences.  The NaLSH was officially opened on 21 September 2012 and offers four student teaching laboratories, 48 collaborative research areas, glasshouse complex and controlled environmental facilities, quarantine approved research areas, laboratory support facilities, PhD write-up areas and plant rooms.  The NaLSH has created linkages between researchers and stakeholders (students, industry, producers) to ensure effective problem identification and the development of improvements with immediate application to agricultural practice.

The NaLSH is in itself a model of sustainability.  It is registered with the Green Building Council of Australia's sustainable building system (Green Star).  It is designed to operate with 35% less energy than conventional buildings, containing high levels of ceilings and wall insulation, shading structures, double glazed windows and celestory windows for maximizing natural light.  Recycled building materials and sustainably sourced timbers were used as much as possible during construction.

CSU's NaLSH is not simply a second to none research and teaching facility, it is also representative of CSU's strategy:  to be collaborative, to be a globally networked university, dedicated to scholarship, research and practice and which helps to shape the future of professions.  It provides an engaging, responsive experience, creating a lifelong sense of connection.  It will allow our researchers to become national leaders in areas relevant to our communities and to be recognised internationally in areas of research strength.

CSU is justifiably proud of the NaLSH and what if offers our students, staff, academics and researchers.