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. 


Plans for an exciting 2018 lecture series is underway. More details will be released as they become available.

Friday 23 February, 3.30pm
Next Generation Nanomaterials for Therapy and Diagnostics
Professor Tanja Weil (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany) 



Friday 27 October, 3.30pm
The Value of an Arts-Science Nexus
Professor Graham Baker (President, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences)
This lecture will be followed by refreshments and the QUT Science in Focus finalist exhibition in The Cube.

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

Friday 8 September, 3:30pm
The Future of Skills - available as a podcast
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
Professor Peter Coaldrake

Friday 14 July, 3:30pm
Opportunities and Challenges in Robotics
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 2017
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  • Phone: 3138 9500
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 9500
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    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000
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    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001