Science and Engineering


26 February 2018

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Working with US tech to turn sugarcane bagasse into biofuel: QUT is testing a novel technology developed by US company Mercurius Biorefining to convert biomass into jet and diesel fuels.

Why some workers say no to the gig economy: Using online platforms to find work is increasing in many occupations but a QUT case study of photographers’ reluctance to use them shed some light on why many Australian workers prefer standard pathways to employment.

MIT Bootcamp unearths entrepreneurial ideas at QUT: Reducing waste, improving energy efficiency and sustainability were among the pressing environmental and social problems MIT Bootcamp participants worked to solve at this year’s week-long event at QUT.

Recyclers target 500,000 campus coffee cups: Australians sip their way through a staggering 1 billion disposable cups of coffee each year, including over half a million cups consumed by coffee-loving students and staff at QUT in Brisbane.



The Mercurius biofuel project gained exposure for the QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, including coverage on 10 News QueenslandAustralian Manufacturing, News Corp, 9 News Mackay and 7 News Mackay.

And Dr Paula Dootson shared her expertise with the ABC (future of retail), The New Daily (piracy websites), and 9 News (supermarket surveillance technology).

These and other media highlights from the past week can be found here.



Feb 27: Überchat for Übercamp (free) @ Gardens Point
Feb 27: Senior Living Innovation Challenge Finalist Pitch Event (free) @ Gardens Point
March 7: International Women's Day lunch with Prof Margaret Sheil @ QUT
March 21: QUT Business Leaders' Forum - Christine Holgate @ Hilton Brisbane

March 20-22: Science and Engineering Challenge 2018 World Science Festival @ South Bank
Now-March 25: STEEL: art design architecture (free) @ QUT Art Museum                                            

Media release date: Monday, February 26, 2018
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