Institute for Future

About the institute

Our mission

At the Institute for Future Environments (IFE), our mission is to find ways to make the world more sustainable, secure and resilient.

Hundreds of QUT researchers and students from across science, engineering, law, business, education and the creative industries collaborate on large-scale research and development projects.

Key challenges

From feeding the world's booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint, several grand challenges currently confront humanity. How we respond will shape the future of the planet.

We live within a rapidly evolving web of natural, built and virtual environments. Bridging these environments are global systems that support human life and wellbeing, such as our food, energy, transport and communications systems. Our vision is to comprehensively understand these interacting environments and systems, so that future populations can live sustainably within the planet's constraints.

Our approach

Interdisciplinary collaboration

We are at the forefront of a shift to interdisciplinary integration and collaboration in research. Because our planet's problems don't divide neatly into traditional academic categories, our researchers go beyond conventional ways of thinking and working.

Powerful technology

We use state-of-the-art facilities for modelling complex systems, monitoring the environment, testing pilot equipment and processes, and analysing the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Our facilities include the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF), the Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF), the Banyo Pilot Plant Precinct and the Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant.

Productive partnerships

We collaborate with leading organisations across Australia and the world on practical applications of our research.

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Institute for Future Environments

  • Phone: 3138 9500
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 9500
  • Fax: +61 7 3138 4438
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  • Level 6, P Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000
  • Postal address:
    Institute for Future Environments
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001