'Bionic' pop artist
A visionary performer who has designed her own prosthetic limbs, Viktoria Modesta is often labelled the world's first widely known amputee pop artist.
Modesta calls herself a ‘bionic artist’ and has taken the world by storm with work she describes as post-human and post-disability, bridging performance art, music and fashion with technology, science and medicine.
The artist will be speaking at QUT's signature event at the 2019 World Science Festival, Innovation by Design: Geeks, Style Gurus and Sciencepreneurs.
Safe as a helmet
An entrepreneurial QUT engineering student has invented a shape-shifting beanie to give snow-goers a more comfortable alternative to a helmet.
It looks like a knitted beanie and is soft and flexible, but a special lining inside the ANTIordinary “soft helmet” makes it go rock hard when whacked.
The beanie’s creator, QUT medical engineering student Rob Joseph, has co-founded the ANTI start-up with QUT business student Liam Norris and engineer Brodie Robinson.
Early cancer detection
Pioneer of salivary diagnosis research, QUT Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera, will join the panel Celebrating Queensland Invention at the World Science Festival 2019.
Professor Punyadeera has convened two symposiums in Brisbane that drew world-leading researchers to share advances in the use of saliva or blood for non-invasive diagnosis of disease.
“With an ageing population and healthcare expenditure increasing we need to find low-cost, out-of-the-box ways to provide easy, accessible, preventative and early detection methods,” Professor Punyadeera said.
Geeks, Style Gurus and Sciencepreneurs
In today’s world the competition to bring a new idea to market is fiercer than ever. Welcome to the rise of sciencepreneurship, where scientists, designers and industry work together to streamline the challenging processes required to achieve ground-breaking outcomes.
Explore how science, design and business work together to create a new ‘normal’, in QUT Creative Industries’ signature event at the World Science Festival on 24 March.
Our World Science Festival speakers
Dr Dietmar HutmacherDistinguished Professor
Dietmar W. Hutmacher is a biomedical engineer, an educator, an inventor, and a creator of new intellectual property opportunities.
Prof Hutmacher is also an internationally recognised leader in the fields of bioengineering, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.Science and Engineering Faculty
Viktoria ModestaBionic pop artist
Viktoria Modesta is an artist, creative director and futurist, who bridges performance art, music and fashion with technology, science and medicine.
Viktoria’s futuristic approach to “the body as art concept” has led her to collaborate on an academic level with artists working with technology and science, architects, and cultural institutions worldwide.
Dr Chamindie PunyadeeraAssociate Professor
Chamindie Punyadeera is a globally acknowledged pioneer in salivary diagnostics.
Assoc Prof Punyadeera leads a world-class saliva research laboratory at QUT, focusing on developing non-invasive diagnostic tools to detect early heart disease and head and neck cancers, linking oral health to systemic diseases.School of Biomedical Science
Dr Chris JefferyAlumnus
Dr Chris Jeffery is a highly successful medical entrepreneur currently completing his PhD at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT.
His passion to innovate has led him to develop several start-ups focused on improving access to medical treatment, and he is the 2018 QUT Young Alumnus of the Year.Robotics at QUT
Dr Axel BrunsProfessor
Professor Axel Bruns's current focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere.
His main research interests are in social media, ‘big data’ research methods, produsage, citizen journalism, and online communities.Digital Media Research Centre
Dr Alice PayneSenior Lecturer in Fashion
Dr Alice Payne's research centres on environmental and social sustainability concerns throughout textile and apparel industry supply chains.
In collaboration with colleagues and students, Dr Payne is also investigating bio-textiles – creating textiles from living bacteria to form a vegan leather.Creative Industries
From medical breakthroughs to speed-breeding crops, science in Queensland shines when it comes to turning ideas into life-changing outcomes.
Meet a group of acclaimed inventors and find out how their Eureka moments have left an indelible mark on the future, at the QUT Creative Industries’ salon event at the World Science Festival on 21 March.
Breakthroughs in science
Koala-spotting with drones
A QUT project is deploying drones in a high-tech effort to find and protect koalas, creating a robust survey method for detecting koalas and estimating their numbers.Read more
Playing 'mum' to the reef
In a world first, QUT's underwater robot RangerBot has been transformed into LarvalBot, with the aim of restoring damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef.Read more
Live longer and healthier
QUT researchers have developed a new drug that has the potential to dramatically slow the ageing process and delay, or even prevent, major diseases in humans.Read more
Cheaper solar technology
QUT researchers have developed a new material that has the potential to change the renewable power industry by delivering highly efficient, stable and considerably cheaper solar technology.Read more
Cutting-edge 3D printing
Australia’s leadership in 3D printing in medicine and health care has leapt ahead with an ARC training centre at QUT dedicated to cutting-edge research in close collaboration with hospitals and industry.Read more
Genomics of blood cancer
Cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology has been used by QUT researchers at the Australian Translational Genomics Centre to identify genetic mutations in 100 patients with blood cancers.Read more
Schizophrenia and genes
A research team from QUT and The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has identified a major gene associated with schizophrenia.Read more
Saving our horses
Help is on the way for plump ponies at risk of the painful, often deadly, condition laminitis, which is the second biggest killer of domestic horses.Read more
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