Science and Engineering


20 March 2017

Welcome to QUT's weekly round-up of news and events. For more updates as they happen, join 15,531 followers of @QUTmedia on Twitter.  To subscribe to this wrap, please email


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Robots, reef-builders and cars of the future – QUT at the World Science Festival: QUT will help bring science to the people this week – and provide 10 robots ready to play with the public – when the World Science Festival Brisbane takes over the city.

SEEK CEO worries about future jobs: QUT Business Leaders' Forum: Online job site SEEK’s CEO and cofounder Andrew Bassat is concerned about the future of work but upbeat about the job market at present.

SEEK CEO Andrew Bassat

Australian and Korean emerging designers join fashion forces: Three up-and-coming Australian designers, among them two QUT graduates, headed to Seoul Fashion Week on the weekend as part of the Australia-Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Exchange Program.

Scholarship news sweet music to QUT student: An 18 year-old QUT music student from McDowall has been awarded the 2017 QUT Amy Clough Scholarship to cover his first year of creative industries tuition fees.

QUT music student Arran McNamara

QUT ranked first in Australia for communication and media: QUT has ranked first in Australia and 24th globally for communication and media studies in the latest QS World University Rankings.

New recruit: Inspector shares real world experience with QUT: Students can tap into decades of policing experience and real life cases thanks to Inspector Christopher Emzin joining QUT’s School of Justice for a 12-month stint as the university’s first visiting police associate.

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Now - May 21: Earth & fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection @ QUT Art Museum
Now - May 21: Less than: Art and reductionism @ QUT Art Museum
March 21-26: QUT & World Science Festival @ South Bank
March 21: STEM Teacher Professional Development @ QUT
March 25: Critical Connections: Art, Design, and STEM @ Creative Industries Precinct
March 26-31: MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @ QUT
March 28Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur at the LPF Breakfast (sold out) @ Room Three Sixty
March 28 - April 11: Sounds of silence: Meditation in the Museum @ QUT Art Museum
March 30: Twilight Wedding Showcase (free) @ Old Government House and Room Three Sixty
March 31 - April 5: Stones in His Pockets @ Gardens Theatre
April 1: Drawing for Contemporary Fashion Design @ Creative Industries Precinct
April 5-7: 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Summit @ Gardens Point
April 12: Street Science @ The Cube
May 4: The 7 Stages of Grieving @ Gardens Theatre
May 16-18: High school students & parents information seminars @ Gardens Point, North Lakes & Caboolture
Now - June 18: William Robinson: Genesis (free) @ William Robinson Gallery
Now - Sept 13: Season 2017 @ Gardens Theatre: Stories that connect  @ Gardens Theatre
Now - Nov 24STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT



- Associate Professor Michael Milford chatted about maths in movies and the World Science Festival Brisbane on ABC Brisbane.
- Professor Robert Schweitzer’s study exploring reactions to sex featured in the New York Post, ,, The Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph. He was also interviewed for Radio National’s Life Matters program.
- Professor Judy Drennan told 7 News Flashback our lives had to be more planned and organised before mobile phones were the norm.  
- A bush stone curlew hypnotised by its own reflection at QUT Kelvin Grove made The Guardian, Gizmodo and Seven’s Sunrise and was dubbed an “internet sensation” by The Daily Mail.  Creative Industries staffer and wildlife volunteer Caitlin Raynor did interviews with the BBC and ABC, PhD candidate Ben Carey’s video made The Australian and Yahoo News, and a Facebook page started by journalism student Mark Zita tracked the whole story.

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- Yahoo 7 and reported SEEK chief executive Andrew Bassat was the guest speaker at QUT’s Business Leaders’ Forum. The Courier-Mail also ran a feature on his prediction of a jobless future and his BLF visit was mentioned in City Beat.
- The Australian Financial Review reported QUT’s Professor John Humphrey was among the nation’s law deans who have petitioned the Federal Government to stop funding cuts to community legal centres.
- Dr Robyn Mayes told The Sunday Mail retirees should read the fine print before taking up new part-time careers with services like Uber.
- And Professor Laurie Buys talked to The Sunday Mail about retirees staying connected to the community.
- In a Daily Telegraph article on social media, Professor Axel Bruns suggested young people ask themselves if they were happy for a post to be in cyber space “forever” before making it live.
- Professor Lyn Griffiths and Professor Matt Brown were interviewed for ABC Brisbane Afternoons about arthritis research. Professor Ross Crawford talked to the same show about robotics in medicine.
- Get Farming covered Professor Bronwyn Harch’s $210M Food Agility CRC.
- Professor Gerard Ledwich was on ABC Radio Gold Coast talking about power cuts, prices and opportunities to overhaul the electricity system.
- Dr Jeffery Sommerfeld’s Conversation article about  South Australia’s new energy policy  was republished by the Daily Bulletin.
- QUT Health Clinics’ Rebecca Cox gave Families Magazine an insight into looking after children’s eyes.
The Courier-Mail’s Phil Brown included a new QUT Art Museum exhibition, Less than: Art and reductionism, in his top five arts events for this week.
- QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Anna Rooke (pictured) was interviewed on Sky News about a Universities Australia report and by 7 News about fast fashion putting pressure on local designers.
- The Courier-Mail, StartupSmart and Startup Daily talked up the winners of QUT CEA’s startup weekend. Anna Rooke also spoke on Sky Business News about the event. 

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- Dr Monique Mann’s explainer on email privacy ran in the Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times  along with an opinion piece published in 2016 on keeping your emails private.
- Professor Marilyn Campbell’s appearance in ABC documentary series Bullied was mentioned in MamaMia, ABC Online, Radio Australia and The Educator, and she was interviewed by ABC Sydney Drive (in at 2hrs) and ABC Adelaide.
- Associate Professor Gary Mortimer spoke 7 News about Aldi’s new Queensland stores and renovations at smaller shopping centres. He was also interviewed for Radio National Drive about loyalty cards.
- Australian Cinematographer Magazine featured Creative Industries graduate Jessie Hughes who shot a film in Guatemala as part of the Oculus/Facebook ‘VR for Good’ program shown at the Sundance Film Festival.    
- Business school lecturer Nicholas Pontes wrote a piece for The Conversation on retail sales, which was re-printed in Smart Company and prompted an interview with ABC Radio Sydney Mornings.
- The Courier Mail and other News Corp publications reported that QUT music lecturer Dr John Willsteed was in the line-up for the Rock & Roll Writers Festival in Brisbane next month.
- Professor Jonathan Roberts spoke to Radio Adelaide about how driverless cars will change us.
- Sue Walker spoke to Essential Baby about the benefits of reading to your toddlers.
- Professor Bill Duncan talked to ABC Brisbane about recommendations that body corporates be given the power to prohibit smoking in units and apartments.
- Professor Brian McNair spoke with ABC Central West NSW about why we’re fascinated with the British Royal Family.
- Dr Amanda Mergler spoke to 2GB about parents delaying their children’s entry to school, and to ABC Brisbane and Gold Coast about girls’ school uniforms.
- 2SER interviewed Dr Ozgur Dedehayir about retro technology and the return of the Nokia 3310.
- Dr Cassandra Cross spoke with ABC Radio Brisbane about news hackers had targeted a school photography business stealing credit card details.
- Fiji Sun reported on QUT law graduate Arshad Ali being admitted to the bar.


Release date: Monday, March 20, 2017
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Professor Peter Corke - seen here with Baxter the robot - will be a guest speaker at the World Science Festival Brisbane.


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