Science and Engineering Centre

Our Science and Engineering Centre is a learning space for the whole community – students, researchers, industry, schools and the public – with a focus on education and research in sustainable technology.

The Cube

The Cube is one of the world's largest interactive digital display systems. It is two storeys high, has 170m2 of high-definition screens, and includes 48 touch panels. It took our developers more than two years to build.

The Cube offers unprecedented learning and research opportunities for the community – from school students to scientists and engineers. Our researchers use the Cube to showcase their ideas and to visualise, model and manipulate big data sets.

The Cube is open to the public every day except Good Friday and between Christmas and New Year. Admission is free. Check the opening hours and what's on before you visit.

Teaching and research spaces

The centre's dynamic design encourages collaborative learning and problem-solving, with teaching spaces including flexible furniture, and interactive lecterns and mobile workstations capable of working individually or screen sharing.

Research facilities combine open-plan work areas with glass-walled meeting rooms, project spaces and lounges designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and skill sharing. The centre houses state-of-the-art laboratories, workshops, analytical equipment and computer software.

Sustainability and research

Our centre has achieved a 5-star Design Education V1 Certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, making it one of the highest-rated 'green' buildings in Brisbane's CBD .

It's powered by a combination of grid power, natural gas and solar energy, generating enough electricity to power itself and put power back into the QUT grid. This tri-generation system has been engineered to reuse rather than lose heat – it cools the air-conditioning systems, de-humidifies labs and heats the swimming pool.

Institute for Future Environments

The Science and Engineering Centre is the headquarters of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE).

IFE is working to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, from tackling global food security to managing scarce natural resources. It brings together more than 300 scholars from the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and law to seek solutions collaboratively.

Fitted with state-of-the-art instruments worth $17 million, IFE's Central Analytical Research Facility houses labs dedicated to electron and light microscopy, analytical chemistry, environmental analysis and molecular genetics.

Institute for Future Environments

Fitness facilities

The YMCA Fitness and Aquatic Centre features:

  • a 50m, FINA -approved indoor heated pool
  • a 1300m2 gym
  • group fitness classes.

Visiting the Science and Engineering Centre

Getting here

Our Science and Engineering Centre is located at Gardens Point campus, between the Goodwill Bridge and the City Botanic Gardens. It's walking distance from the centre of Brisbane and South Bank.

Getting to Gardens Point campus

Food, drink and shopping

There is a range of food and retail outlets at Gardens Point, many of which can be found at the Science and Engineering Centre's new food court. The campus is also a short walk from extensive dining and shopping options in Brisbane's CBD and across the river at South Bank.

While you're at Gardens Point

During your visit to our Gardens Point campus, you'll also be able to enjoy a number of cultural venues on campus.

  • Drop in to the historical house museum and the William Robinson Gallery at Old Government House, or just relax on the lawns and verandas outside.
  • Visit QUT Art Museum, which runs a program of exhibitions by high-profile modern and contemporary artists, as well as free public events.
  • Grab tickets to one of the professional or student productions at Gardens Theatre.

Booking a function

Room Three Sixty is a top-floor function venue at the Science and Engineering Centre. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a bar and two adjoining outdoor terraces, it offers spectacular views of the city, including the Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the City Botanic Gardens.

You can hire Room Three Sixty for your:

  • wedding
  • corporate function
  • private function.