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Institute for Future Environments the university for the real world

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The Institute for Future Environments brings together research, industry, government and community to create real-world impact and develop innovations that create sustainable futures for our environment, society and economy.

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Our research centres

Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

The Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy delivers profitable, sustainable and resilient agricultural and bioeconomy technologies and systems.

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Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

The Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices develops innovative and sustainable clean energy generation, distribution and usage solutions for Australia and beyond.

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Centre for a Waste-Free World

The Centre for a Waste-Free World develops technologies and processes to innovate the social, environmental and economic role of waste and transform it into valuable circular commodities.

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Centre for the Environment

The Centre for the Environment brings research, government, industry and community together to create real-world solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges.

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Our research facilities

We manage a diverse range of world-class facilities to support research, teaching and learning and enable real-world results. Our expertise encompasses the latest in digital technologies, industrial engineering and scientific analysis.

Central Analytical Research Facility

The Central Analytical Research Facility provides specialist equipment and expert scientists to help you carry out analytical research.

Research Engineering Facility

The Research Engineering Facility provides cutting-edge research engineering and technology services including drones, aviation, robotics and autonomous systems.

Visualisation and eResearch

The Visualisation and eResearch Facility develops advanced visualisation environments and high-performance interaction design systems.

Digital Observatory

The Digital Observatory provides state-of-the-art research infrastructure and expertise for tracking, collecting and analysing dynamic digital data.

Biorefining Research Facility

The Biorefining Research Facility develops innovative products and processes to build a sustainable and profitable biorefining industry in Australia.

Samford Ecological Research Facility

The Samford Ecological Research Facility is a living laboratory for ecological research and educational experiences for researchers, students and visitors.

Banyo Pilot Plant

The Banyo Pilot Plant enables scaled-up research in traditional engineering, industrial biotechnology and scientific applications, testing and validation.

Da Vinci Precinct

The Da Vinci Precinct is purpose-built to meet the unique needs of researchers engaging in aerospace automation activities.

Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant

The Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant enables research and development in industrial biotechnology and biomass processing, technologies and practices.


28 May 2020

Powering clean energy

The Institute for Future Environments’ Clean Energy Technologies and Practices Centre is leading the development of clean energy technologies through participation in three new energy-focused Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). These CRCs will investigate green hydrogen, future batteries and clean energy infrastructure.

26 May 2020

Take a virtual school field trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Beginning Wednesday 27 May, the TEDed Earth School quest will take students and their families on a virtual field trip to the Great Barrier Reef, thanks to Virtual Reef Diver.


25 Jun 2020

QUTeX Real World Futures: Artificial Intelligence and the Smart City

Artificial Intelligence and The Smart City: In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has started to manifest itself at an unprecedented pace. With rapidly increasing sophisticated capabilities, AI is aiding the goal of transforming cities into smarter ones. But are we prepared?

28 May 2020

Online Lunch and Learn with QUT foundry

WEEK 12: Startup Spaces, Communities and Opportunities. Zoom in with your own lunch, your own questions and a hunger to learn while we hear from a selection of industry experts who will share their time, knowledge and experience with us over an informal lunch learning session.

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Institute for Future Environments

Level 6, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

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Institute for Future Environments
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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