Everything you need to know as a first-time student.
Information and support for postgraduate study.
Courses, supervisors and your life as a researcher.
Discover our campuses, courses and entry requirements.
Step-by-step application guides for our courses.
Get financial support for your studies. Find a scholarship that's right for you.
Options like part-time, external and online study can help you tailor how you learn.
See where our graduates are now, and where your studies can take you.
Our executive education courses give you the skills you need to lead in a fast-paced world.
Boost your career or extend your skills with a short course or unit.
Our free online courses are open to everyone.
We're constantly moving forward in our research output, commercialisation and collaboration. Find out how you can join our research community and bring innovation to the real world.
Considering research with us? Here's what to expect.
Our strengths and achievements, research projects and activity, and research institutes, centres and groups.
Apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher.
Our researchers work in supportive and established networks.
We value and promote integrity and ethical responsibility in all research we conduct.
A selection of world-class research from our research centres and groups.
We collaborate with industry partners to research solutions for real-world problems, and to give our students hands-on experience in the workplace.
Work with our students and graduates, sponsor scholarships, prizes or events, or become an industry partner.
We offer commercial research and consultancy services, research commercialisation, and workplace training and development.
We're working with a range of industry partners and collaborators.
Our customised executive education equips your employees with tools and inspiration to give your organisation a real edge.
We offer short courses to help you advance your career and expand your skills.
Boeing Australia have collaborated on projects with us and provided sponsorship, and their staff have taught in our avionics program.
We are a highly successful and globally positioned Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research.
Make a real impact by giving to QUT and supporting our students, researchers and community.
Our history, key statistics, sustainability initiatives and programs and Indigenous acknowledgement.
Meet our staff and executive team.
Our awards, accreditation details, research rankings and scholarly achievements.
Our plans for expanding our university's achievements in learning, teaching and research.
Policies, procedures and annual reports.
What's on at QUT.
Want to work with us? See available jobs.
Our campuses and facilities, including maps, research locations and public venues.
Email: email@example.com Phone: +61 7 3138 2000
Our graduates run successful businesses, conduct ground-breaking research and make significant contributions to their communities.
We celebrate our alumni with annual awards for graduates and students.
Get involved with QUT by engaging with and supporting our current students.
Once you've graduated, we encourage you to keep in touch with the QUT community and your fellow alumni.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 7 3138 4778 Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm
Darryl McDonough has been named Alumnus of the Year as well as the Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award Winner.
Step-by-step guide to applying as an international student.
We offer scholarships for international students to help with study and living costs.
You may be able to meet with a QUT staff member or official representative in your city.
Find out more about living and studying in Brisbane.
While you're studying here, you can access a range of support services to help you adjust to life in Brisbane.
Come to QUT for one or two semesters.
Freecall: 1800 181 848 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 3 9627 4853 (outside Australia)
Subscribe for email updates
QUT Chancellor Mr Tim Fairfax AC has announced the appointment of Professor Margaret Sheil AO as the university's next Vice-Chancellor, effective February 2018.
Email: email@example.com Phone: +61 7 3138 2361
You are here:
A world-first, scientific voyage to study the air over the Great Barrier Reef aims to determine if coral creates rain.
Professor Zoran Ristovski, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, is leading the multinational team of scientists on the first-ever study of airborne particles (aerosols) on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s biggest ecosystems.
He said findings from Australian Research Vessel Investigator’s month-long voyage would be crucial to understanding the reef’s role in rainfall and to the development of more accurate climate change modelling.
“A key aim of the voyage is to investigate the role coral plays in emitting cloud-forming particles into the reef’s atmosphere,” Professor Ristovski said.
The RV Investigator is part of CSIRO’s Marine National Facility. It is equipped with state-of-the-art, aerosol analysis laboratories and will be matched with a mobile, land-based laboratory at Mission Beach to capture and compare airborne particles from the reef as they travel over land and interact with North Queensland’s rainforest atmosphere.
“The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef but we still do not know for sure if coral is a significant source of the biogenic particles in the atmosphere over the reef that are instrumental in forming clouds,” Professor Ristovski said.
“Aerosol particles play an important role in regulating global climate by scattering and absorbing radiation from the sun and by taking up water vapour from the atmosphere to start cloud droplet formation.
“Corals produce high concentrations of a compound called dimethyl sulphide (DMS) that is capable of forming cloud-seeding particles but no one as yet has studied their impact on the atmosphere above the reef.
“Our scientific team will gather, measure and characterise these coral-produced particles in the air over both the reef and the adjacent rainforests.”
Professor Ristovski said that until now it was thought that ocean algae and phytoplankton were the main marine sources of DMS contributing to rain cloud formation over the ocean.
“But since the discovery that hard corals themselves also produce large amounts of DMS, as well as that produced by the algae that grows symbiotically in the coral, it is vital to know just how much coral contributes, especially as the reef’s coral is degrading.
“When corals are under stress, such as from increased sea surface temperatures due to climate change, they produce variable amounts of DMS.
“Understanding the part that coral particles play as the coral degrades will allow us to better predict effects of climate change on the reef ecosystem.
“It will also improve our understanding of the process by which ocean water evaporates, rises into the air, becomes part of a cloud and falls as rain to earth.”
The QUT-led reef mission also involves researchers from CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Southern Cross University, Bureau of Meteorology, University of Melbourne, UTS Sydney, National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan), NIWA (New Zealand) and James Cook University.
Kate Haggman, QUT Media, +61 7 3138 0358, firstname.lastname@example.org
After hours Rose Trapnell QUT Media team, +61 407 585 901
QUT is part of a national collaborative group of five major Australian universities that form the ATN (Australian Technology Network of Universities).
QUT's Professor Zoran Ristovski is leading the multinational team of scientists on the first-ever study of airborne particles on the Great Barrier Reef.
QUT's world-first, scientific voyage to study the air over the Great Barrier Reef aims to determine if coral creates rain.