Institute for Future


01 January 2018

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. 

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 
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
Professor Pall Thordarson, University of New South Wales

Thursday 26 July
QUT Distinguished Visitor Lecture: Plant Fibre Reinforced Composites
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


01 January 2018 - 01 January 2019
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