Institute for Future


01 August 2017

Several grand challenges confront humanity in the 21st century, from feeding the world's booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. The Grand Challenge Lecture Series explores these and other challenges and the possible solutions to them. All lectures are free and open to the public. You can attend in person or watch via livestream. 


More details will be released as they become available. 



Friday 6 September, 3.30pm
Australia's STEM Future
Lisa Harvey-Smith (Aust Women in STEM Abassador)

Friday 23 August, 3.30pm
Contemplating a renewable hydrogen energy future
Professor Masakazu Sugiyama, University of Tokyo

Friday 9 August, 3.45pm
Energising the living fabric of your body
Drew Berry, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Friday 26 July, 4.00pm
Towards 2020
Andrew Higham, CEO, Mission 2020

Friday 3 May, 4.00pm
The global imperative
Leanne Kemp (Qld Chief Entrepreneur)

Friday 12 April, 4.00pm
Our planet, our health
Professor Kate Jones (Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London)

Friday 15 March
Your AI Future
Professor Toby Walsh (University of NSW / Data 61 / TU Berlin)

Friday 1 March
Agents of change: the economy of algorithms
Marek Kowalkiewicz (Professor and Chair in Digital Economy, and Leader of IFE's Embracing the Digital Age research theme) - available as a podcast and video


Thursday 1 November
Harvesting passion: From identifying a problem to finding a solution
Ronni Kahn (CEO and Founder, OzHarvest) - available as a podcast and video

Friday 19 October
Food is about health care, medicine is about sick care: the importance of plants in our diet
Professor Cathie Martin MBE FRS (Plant Biologist, John Innes Centre, UK) - available as a podcast

Friday 21 September
Engineering a revolution: from impossible complexity to transformed lives
Hon Trish White (National President and Board Chair, Engineers Australia) - available as a podcast

Friday 10 August
Great Barrier Reef Challenge Lecture: Working together to secure the future of our national icon - available as a podcast and video
A special QUT Grand Challenge Lecture with muliple speakers, facilitated by Robyn Williams from ABC’s The Science Show.

Friday 27 July
The 21st Century transport challenge - available as a podcast and video
Hugh Bradlow (President, Academy of Technology and Engineering)

Friday 1 June
Domino’s Journey… Where to from here?
Don Meij (CEO, Domino's Pizza Enterprises)

Friday 25 May
Backing Australia's Research Ecosystem - available as a podcast and video
Professor Margaret Sheil (Vice-Chancellor, QUT)

Friday 4 May
Provoking Intergenerational Change - Empowering a Generation to Close Their Own Gap - available as a podcast and video
Wayne Denning (Managing Director, Carbon Creative)

Friday 6 April
Innovation must become the core of national priority settings - available as a podcast and video
Bill Ferris AC (Chair, Innovation and Science Australia) 

Friday 23 February
Next Generation Nanomaterials for Therapy and Diagnostics - available as a podcast
Professor Tanja Weil (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany) 


Watch past lectures in our video archive.

01 August 2017 - 31 December 2018
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  • Phone: 3138 9500
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    Institute for Future Environments
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    Brisbane QLD 4001