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New funds to recharge battery research

25-08-2016 A new battery that can be charged in minutes and run for a lot longer is being developed by QUT Professor Nunzio Motta in collaboration with Professor Yeugang Zhang in a project funded by $250,000 grant from the Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Research Fund.

An unbalance in nutrients threatens plant biodiversity: Global experiment

25-08-2016 An unnatural balance of nutrients threatens biodiversity in a survival of the fittest scenario, according to the results of a world-first global experiment published in the prestigious Nature journal.

Authentic assessment producing high profile impact for first year QUT SEF students

19-08-2016 QUT IFB102 unit students are numerous and inventive. The first year Computer Technology Fundamentals course attracts approximately 700 participants, each asked to utilise imagination and technical know-how from course content, to make use of a basic computer.  On trend with the sharing of technical ideas and problem solving, the resulting highly creative projects are shared online, with some gaining community love, and global publicity.

QUT Women in research honoured finalists for the 2016 Women in Technology Awards

19-08-2016 No fewer than four women researchers from QUT Science and Engineering Faculty and the Institute for Future Environments are finalists in the Women in Technology (WiT) 2016 Awards. Succeeding in Life Sciences and Infotech, the nominees are among 29 individual finalists for the prestigious national awards. Our finalists are:Richi Nayak, Associate Professor, nominated for Infotech Outstanding Achievement Award;Mia Woodruff, Associate Professor, nominated for Life Sciences/ ICT Research Award;Indira Prasadam, Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, nominated for Life Sciences/ ICT Rising Star Award; andLaura Bray, Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, also nominated for Life Sciences/ ICT Rising Star Award.

QUT News & Events Wrap

25-07-2016 Welcome to QUT's weekly round-up of news and events. For more updates as they happen, join 14,020 followers of @QUTmedia on Twitter. To subscribe to this wrap, please email

QUT News & Events Wrap

18-07-2016 Welcome to QUT's weekly round-up of news and events. For more updates as they happen, join 13,974 followers of @QUTmedia on Twitter. To subscribe to this wrap, please email

How hitchhikers are building Australia’s reef and marine life

08-07-2016 An ongoing study by a QUT PhD ecologist is finding future pumice producing volcanic eruptions across the Pacific are likely to help build coral reefs and add to Australia’s marine biodiversity, even as ocean temperatures warm.

2016 Signato Foundation medallist announced

29-07-2016 - 29-07-2016 QUT has been celebrating the recognition of the late Dr JJW (Bill) Siganto AM being named 2016 Queensland Community Philanthropist of the Year. The announcement by the Queensland Community Foundation in June acknowledges Dr Siganto’s outstanding contribution to charity and community service through giving time, generating funds, and encouraging others to give.During his lifetime, Dr Siganto contributed his phenomenal leadership to many charitable organisations. A mechanical engineer by trade who established his company Siganto and Stacey Pty Ltd in 1967, Bill had a long association with QUT and its predecessor institutions, including as a QUT Council member and then Deputy Chancellor from 1989 to 1994. His enormous contribution to tertiary education was recognised when he received an honorary doctorate from QUT in 1995 and he became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997.

Mammals diversified only after dinosaur extinction left space

04-07-2016 Humans’ early mammal relatives likely diversified 66 million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs opened up space for animals such as big cats, horses, elephants and eventually apes to evolve.

Northside STEM challenge: School robotics journey starts now!

27-06-2016 High school students on Brisbane's northside have embarked on an eight-week robotics journey that will see them learn about – and create – miniature robots with the help of QUT.


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