Institute for Future


05 March 2018

Welcome to QUT’s weekly round-up of news and events.  For regular updates, follow us on Twitter (@QUTmedia) and Facebook (@QUTBrisbane). You can subscribe to this wrap via the link on this page.


A powerful new use for old tyres: On-road testing of a vehicle fuelled with a mix of tyre oil made from recycled tyres and standard diesel has found no loss of performance and emissions similar to that of diesel-only fuel.

Innovation key to empowering elderly: A telescopic robotic arm, street-level social networking to counter loneliness, an app promoting better balance and co-working spaces for entrepreneurial older people – these are some of the solutions presented at the inaugural $20,000 Senior Living Innovation Challenge.

Matiu Bush, finalist in QUT's Senior Living Innovation Challenge, presenting his One Good Street concept.


Helium ions open whole new world of materials: QUT scientists have found an exciting new way to manipulate and design materials of the future at the atomic level and change the way they behave at a larger scale that opens the way to new applications such as early cancer biomarkers.




QUT’s research into helium ions made international news, while Associate Professor Richard Brown, Associate Professor Gary Mortimer and Dr Rebecca English were all in demand.

Check out this week’s media highlights here.


March 7: International Women’s Day lunch with Prof Margaret Sheil @ QUT, Gardens Point
March 9: Lullabies for Zander @ Old Government House
March 21: QUT Business Leaders' Forum - Christine Holgate @ Hilton Brisbane
March 21-25: QUT @ World Science Festival Brisbane
March 22: Bespoke Bodies @ World Science Festival Brisbane

Image by Omkaar Kotedia.

March 24-25: Street Science @ World Science Festival Brisbane
March 20-22: Science and Engineering Challenge 2018 World Science Festival @ South Bank
March 22: The Future of Robotics Alumni Event  @ Gardens Point
Now-March 25: STEEL: art design architecture (free) @ QUT Art Museum
April 18-19:  Übercamp 2018 @ Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast


Media release date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Media contact:


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