Institute for Future


IFE Grand Challenge Public Lecture Series @ Gardens Point

05 March 2015

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.

2017 Lectures
Preliminary information for 2017 lectures is listed below. More details will be added as they become available.

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

Friday 17 March, 3:30pm
Genomics and the Future of Medicine
Professor Matt Brown (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 28 April, 3:30pm
Building 'Future Capable' Learners and The Changing Needs of The Knowledge Economy and Society in The Digital Age
Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock (QUT)

Friday 26 May, 3:30pm
John Gunn (Australian Institute of Marine Science)


Watch past lectures in our video archive.



Institute for Future Environments

  • Phone: 3138 9500
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 9500
  • Fax: +61 7 3138 4438
  • Email:
  • Level 6, P Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000
  • Postal address:
    Institute for Future Environments
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001