Institute for Future

Leadership team


Executive Director
Professor Kerrie Wilson
Director, Research Infrastructure
Sach Jayasinghe
Director, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Professor Sagadevan Mundree
Director, Knowledge to Innovation
Dr Mark Gibbs
Director, Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision
Professor Peter Corke
Institute Manager
Melissa Burton
Executive Officer
Tim Campbell

Research leaders

Our research leaders guide research within specific research themes and enabling platforms.


Our research themes are linked to specific societal challenges and sectors of the economy.

Growing the global bioeconomy
Professor Robert Speight
Managing for resilient landscapes
Professor Peter Grace
Infrastructure for sustainable communities
Professor Cameron Newton
Embracing the digital age
Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Enabling platforms

Our enabling platforms are technologies, techniques and systems that can solve a wide range of problems for industry and society.

Dr Erin Peterson
Transforming innovation systems
Professor Rachel Parker
Manufacturing with advanced materials
Professor Leonie Barner

Research facility leaders

Director, Central Analytical Research Facility
Professor Stephen Blanksby
Visualisation and eResearch (ViseR) Manager
Gavin Winter
Research and Engineering Facility Manager
Andrew Keir
Digital Observatory Manager
Dr Marissa Takahashi
Biorefinery Facility Manager
Dr Ben Leita


Institute for Future Environments

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