Institute for Future


09 December 2019

There have been a number of exceptional research progress and outcomes for the IFE and our partners, across research, government and industry this year. Through dedication, connection and drive our teams and infrastructure have been a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, bringing together the brightest minds to deliver real world impact. 

Our top stories of 2019 include a strong shift toward making our region a key player in the global green hydrogen market, a warm welcome for our new Executive Director, a celebration of science as art and the development of strategic partnerships that strengthen our research capabilities.  

As we reflect on what’s been achieved this year, we can't help but be excited by what 2020 will bring. Here's to continuing our drive for excellence in research and further developing partnerships that will create secure, sustainable and resilient environments for our future. 

Read our top 10 stories for the year here... 

10. Support IFE research on QUT Giving Day

Can you imagine a world without waste? How about a way to feed the 9.5 billion people living in the world by 2050? Our supporters helped IFE imagine what's next on QUT Giving Day by supporting our visionary research projects that are taking on the world's biggest challenges.


9. Hydrogen cars to extend Queensland’s renewable energy lead

Hydrogen-powered cars will be added to the Queensland Government’s vehicle fleet to accelerate the state’s drive towards a hydrogen-fuelled future. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) would be integrated into QFleet as part of the $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024.


8. The making of the Sphere: behind-the-scenes of the design and development

The Sphere is a five-metre diameter globe suspended over two storeys in QUT’s newly unveiled $94.4 million Education Precinct at the Kelvin Grove campus. Recognised as the world’s largest LED 4K resolution globe, it is remarkable not only in size and technology, but in its capacity for educational impact.


7. Welcome to IFE’s new Executive Director

“IFE’s partnership model has been critical to its success. The institute has significant government and industry engagement, and within QUT it builds huge momentum and energy for collective problem solving.”


6. QUT researchers charge ahead on battery storage

QUT researchers will lead key research projects in expanding Australia’s battery industry from mining to manufacturing, with the announcement of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.


5. QUT and UQ join forces to optimise research efforts

QUT’s Central Analytical Research Facility (QUT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of Queensland’s Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (UQ) on February 1, formalising a long-standing agreement to share expertise and equipment access to enhance research efforts.


4. Closer links with Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur to boost entrepreneurship

Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur and CEO of technology enterprise Everledger, Leanne Kemp, will boost entrepreneurship and blockchain initiatives as an Adjunct Professor at QUT. Ms Kemp said it was a truly great honour to be appointed as Adjunct Professor for the Institute for Future Environments at QUT.


3. QUT to help create Australia's first 'sustainable food city' 

QUT research will help create Australia's first 'sustainable food city' south of Brisbane, with plans to integrate a digitally-enabled community compost system and small-scale food production businesses in a new masterplanned community, as part of an innovative Food Agility CRC project.


2. Queensland celebrates first shipment of green hydrogen to Japan 

QUT has taken part in the first production and export of “green hydrogen” derived from water from Australia to Japan in a major step towards the development of a new sustainable fuel export market.


1. 2019 QUT Science in Focus winners revealed

A unique black and white image reminiscent of retro sci-fi art from QUT’s Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group has taken out the 2019 QUT Science in Focus Competition. Science in Focus is an annual competition hosted by QUT’s Institute for Future Environments that has been uncovering the most surprising, beautiful and technically innovative visuals of important QUT research since 2014. Entries offer insight into the unique research processes and objects used by QUT researchers in their pursuit of new knowledge.



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