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. 



Thursday 1 November, 4.00pm
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, 4.00pm
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, 4.00pm
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, 4.00pm
The 21st Century transport challenge - available as a podcast and video
Hugh Bradlow (President, Academy of Technology and Engineering)

Friday 1 June, 4.00pm
Domino’s Journey… Where to from here?
Don Meij (CEO, Domino's Pizza Enterprises)

Friday 25 May, 4.00pm
Backing Australia's Research Ecosystem - available as a podcast and video
Professor Margaret Sheil (Vice-Chancellor, QUT)

Friday 4 May, 4.00pm
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, 4.00pm
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, 3.30pm
Next Generation Nanomaterials for Therapy and Diagnostics - available as a podcast
Professor Tanja Weil (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany) 


Friday 27 October, 3.30pm
The Value of an Arts-Science Nexus - available as a podcast
Professor Graham Baker (President, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Friday 6 October, 3:30pm
Superconductivity: Has It Touched Your Life?  - available as a podcast
Dr Cathy Foley (Science Director and Deputy Director Manufacturing, CSIRO)

Friday 8 September, 3:30pm
The Future of Skills - available as a podcast and video
Dr Hasan Bakhshi (Creative Economy in Policy and Research, Nesta)

Friday 11 August, 3:30pm
Going for the higher fruit: Universities post peak public funding - available as a podcast and video
Professor Peter Coaldrake

Friday 14 July, 3:30pm
Opportunities and Challenges in Robotics and video
Dr Henrik Christensen (Institute of Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego)

Friday 26 May, 3:30pm
Changing Coasts and Oceans: Science Meeting Global and National Challenges
John Gunn (Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Friday 28 April, 3:30pm
Future Capable: Learning for Life and Work in the 21st Century
Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock (QUT)

Friday 7 April, 3:30pm
The Converging Insecurities of Food, Water, Energy and Climate, and their Implications for Development Aid and Research
Andrew Campbell (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research)

Friday 17 March, 3:30pm
Genomics and the Future of Medicine
Professor Matt Brown (QUT)

Friday 3 March, 3:30pm
Can Leaders Make a Difference to Organisational Performance?
Professor Andrew Pettigrew, Oxford University


Watch past lectures in our video archive.

01 August 2017 - 31 December 2018
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