Institute for Future Environments (IFE)

Queensland University of Technology

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Aerail view of an agricultural field robot

IFE is a transdisciplinary research institute that studies how our natural, built and virtual environments interact, change and converge, to find ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient. Our research is linked to specific societal challenges and sectors of the economy, namely: growing the global bioeconomy; managing for resilient landscapes; Infrastructure for sustainable communities and harnessing digital productivity and services. We also research enabling platforms are technologies, techniques and systems that can solve a wide range of problems for industry and society. These enabling platforms are: intellisensing (big data); transforming innovation systems and manufacturing with advanced materials.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Research and industry engagement
  • Specialist science and engineering research facilities

Facilities and major equipment

  • Central Analytical Research Facility
  • Visualisation and eResearch
  • Samford Ecological Research Facility
  • Banyo Pilot Plant

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff


Level 6, P Block, Gardens Point 2 George St, Brisbane QLD 4000

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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