Science and Engineering

Research institutes and centres

Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence are nationally distributed research groups that undertake innovative and collaborative work, to enhance and develop research excellence in Australia and internationally. These groups are resourced by universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses. Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are an Australian Federal Government program and are key bodies for Australian scientific research.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers focuses on creating innovative mathematical and statistical models, with the goal of 'turning Big Data into knowledge' and delivering insights that can be used to address scientific problems.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision will see the creation of the next generation of robots by delivering the technologies that will transform cameras into powerful sensing devices. This will allow robots to understand and respond to their environment for long periods in complex, unstructured surroundings, where they will interact with humans as well as objects.

Autism CRC

The CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) is a national, cooperative research effort on autism. It takes a 'whole-of-life' approach to autism, focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life.

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC draws together Australian and New Zealand fire and emergency service authorities, as well as leading experts from a range of fields. This group explores the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters.

Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities

The Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) conducts commercial research in plant biotechnology and sugarcane processing and biomass conversion for high value product development. The centre has partnered with major commercial research fund providers and has a broad range of expertise including crop biotechnology and industrial chemistry.

CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing

The CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing aims to facilitate the cost-effective manufacture and rapid translation of cell therapies into clinical practice, for the treatment of:

  • diabetes
  • chronic wounds
  • cardiovascular disease
  • immune-mediated diseases.

CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction

The CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction (ORE) is the first large-scale research centre to bring together:

  • ore body knowledge
  • mass mining
  • blasting engineering
  • mineral processing
  • spatial modelling
  • resource economics.

CRC for Polymers

The CRC for Polymers aims to develop enabling and sustainable advanced polymer technologies for Australian manufacturers, to lead the way in:

  • health therapies and delivery
  • water and food security
  • low-cost solar energy.

CRC for Spatial Information 2

The CRC for Spatial Information 2 seeks to accelerate the take-up of spatial science by end users using:

  • global navigation satellite systems
  • spatial data infrastructure
  • data fusion and remote sensing technologies.

These will produce major innovation in the health, defence, energy and utilities, sustainable urban development, agriculture, natural resources and climate change sectors.

Defence Materials Technology Centre

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) develops and delivers new materials technologies and manufacturing processes to enhance Australia's defence capability.

This is achieved through a collaborative partnership between Defence, defence industries and research agencies. Its research focuses on a range of program areas including:

  • air platforms
  • maritime platforms
  • armour applications
  • propulsion systems
  • personnel survivability.

Food Agility CRC

Our researchers will lead the Agri-food Informatics program, and will contribute to projects in:

  • sustainable food systems
  • digital technologies for agile food production
  • agri-food informatics.

iMove CRC

The iMOVE CRC's activities focus on three theme areas:

  • intelligent transport systems and infrastructure
  • creating new end-to-end freight solutions
  • enhanced personal mobility.

The team includes our researchers who work in intelligent transport systems, transport modelling, travel behaviour, human behaviour and road safety, and infrastructure planning.

Institute for Future Environments

The Institute for Future Environments (IFE) studies our natural, built and virtual environments, and finds ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient.

The Institute tackles grand challenges facing humanity, from feeding the world's booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. Hundreds of QUT researchers and students from across the fields of science, engineering, law, business, education and the creative industries collaborate at the Institute on large-scale research and development projects

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) is a collaborative institute based at QUT, devoted to improving the health of individuals through research innovation. IHBI focuses on the broad health areas of prevention, mind and body health, and recovery, and draws researchers from QUT's Faculty of Health, and Science and Engineering Faculty.

International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health

The International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health conducts research, postgraduate training and consultancy in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health. It has a specific research focus on fine, ultrafine and nano particles.

The lab focuses on three areas:

  • the comprehensive characterisation of indoor and outdoor air, including emission sources
  • integrated health and environmental risk assessments
  • strategies for controlling and managing air pollutants.

Plant Biosecurity CRC

The Plant Biosecurity CRC was established to develop and deploy plant biosecurity knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia's plant industries and communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.

Rail Manufacturing CRC

The Rail Manufacturing CRC received $31 million in funding from the Commonwealth in 2014. This CRC will develop products, technologies and supply chain networks to increase the capability and globally competitive position of the rail industry.

Wound Management Innovation CRC

The Wound Management Innovation CRC seeks to improve wound healing and quality-of-life for people with wounds, providing cost-effective wound care that lessens the burden on the health system.


Science and Engineering research office

  • Level Level 4, O Block
    Gardens Point