Institute for Future


15 February 2019

The Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series is a forum for senior academics and industry figures visiting QUT to share their perspective on the main trends and challenges in their specific field, hosted by the Institute for Future Environments. Selected lectures are published as audio podcasts.


More details will be released as they become available. 

Friday 28 June
Tools for synthetic pathway expression and engineering in Pichia pastoris
Professor Toni Glieder (Graz University of Technology)

Monday 8 July
Energy informatics
Professor Rick Watson (University of Georgia)

Tuesday 9 July
The Mineral Supply of ‘Smart Cities’: Resourcing a More Sustainable Techno-Urban Transition
Professor Saleem Ali (University of Delaware) 

Wednesday 17 July
Bioplastics: plastic without the pollution
Ronny Matzat



Friday 7 June
Data for the planet: driving solutions for resilient cities, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases
Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director, Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA)

Wednesday 5 June
How good are Brazilian environmental policies, and how bad could they be?
Professor Jean Paul Metzger (University of Sao Paulo)

Thursday 30 May
Molecular imaging tools to understand the inorganic chemistry of cells
Associate Professor Elizabeth New (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 30 April
Why scientists and politicians are incompatible
Professor Herbet Huppert (University of Cambridge)

Friday 15 February
Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Product Automation Creating Impact for Australian Industry
Professor Bronwyn Fox (Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University)


Wednesday 19 December
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: The Molecule-2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Interface
Professor Andrew Wee (National University of Singapore)

Wednesday 7 November
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Engineering cell factories for assembly of functional materials
Professor Bernd Rehm (Griffith University)

Tuesday 23 October
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Responsive Molecular Switching Coordination Polymers
Dr Suzanne M. Neville (University of NSW)

Wednesday 29 August
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Porous materials for energy and environmental applications
Professor George Zhao (University of Queensland)

Tuesday 21 August
IFE Seminar: Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef  - listen to podcast
Dr Neil Cantin (Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Monday 20 August
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Can 1:1 type clay minerals transform to 2:1 type ones?
Professor Hongping He, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Monday 30 July
QUT Manufacturing with Advanced Materials Lecture:
Chemistry: From Self-Assembly to the Origin of Life - listen to podcast
Professor Pall Thordarson, University of New South Wales

Thursday 26 July
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Plant Fibre Reinforced Composites   - listen to podcast
Professor Yan Li, Tongji University, China

Friday 20 July
Distinguished Visitor Lectures: Carbon Nanothreads
Lecture 1: Prediction, Theory, Discovery, Properties, and Prospects of Carbon Nanothreads
Distinguished Professor Vin Crespi, Penn State University
Lecture 2: Carbon and Carbon Nitride Nanothreads and Beyond
Professor John Badding, Penn State University

Wednesday 18 July
RACI Margaret Sheil Medal Lecture: 
In Search of a Professional Career: Travels with Wild Chemicals

Professor Mary Garson, University of Queensland

Monday 16 July
QUT Growing the Global Bioeconomy Lecture:
Supporting Urban Agriculture with Research to Improve Food Security - listen to podcast
Dr Cathryn O'Sullivan, CSIRO

Thursday 21 June
QUT Transforming Innovation Systems Lecture:
Engagement’ in higher education: How does it affect the missions of education and research?
Professor Mats Benner, Lund University, Sweden

Monday 11 June
Global Food System Stability and Risk
Professor Molly Jahn, University of Winconsin-Madison

Thursday 24 May
Large Area Flexible Electronic Skin
Professor Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow

Wednesday 23 May
Regulating Work and Labour Hire in the Gig Economy
Professor Andrew Stewart, University of Adelaide

Wednesday 9 May
The Emerging Nexus Between Special Operations and Autonomous Systems - Insights and Reflections - listen to podcast
Major General Jeff Sengelman (retired), Former Special Operations Commander Australia, and Professor Ronald Arkin, Georgia Tech

Wednesday 14 March
Transparency in the Agri-Food Value Chain - listen to podcast
Cameron Scadding, Source Certain International

Tuesday 20 March
Molecular design and synthesis
Professor David Black, University of NSW

Monday 19 February
Using novel crystal structures, magnetism and nanotechnology for thermoelectrics and thermal management
Professor Takao Mori, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Monday 15 February
Urban Energy-Hub: An approach for higher integration of renewable generation in urban energy systems
Associate Professor Vahid Nik, Lund University, Sweden

Friday 9 February
Behavioural science meets data science
Joint lecture with QUT Business School featuring Professor Samuel Gosling, University of Texas and Assistant Professor Michal Kosinski, Stanford Graduate School of Business


15 February 2019 - 15 February 2019
2pm to 3pm
QUT Gardens Point
Room B122, Level 1, B Block
QUT Institute for Future Environments
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