How Queensland science makes a difference

Queensland science makes a difference in Queensland and globally. We focus on science that is important for ourselves, our region and the planet.  Find out more about our science, and come join us in making a difference.

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Professor Ian Frazer AC

The University of Queensland

Translational Research Chair, TRI Foundation Board

Queensland has great strength across all the fields of science. But we’re particularly strong in applying that in the real world. So the Ecosciences, the agricultural sciences, health sciences are areas where we have clear strength.

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Professor Dean Jerry

Aquaculture and Fisheries – Head of Academic Group

College of Marine & Environmental Sciences James Cook University

The human population is rapidly expanding and one of the grand challenges we have is how to feed the population.

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Professor Robert Henry

Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

­We are helping people to produce more food that is healthier, and our unique combination of science and technology, and a tropical and subtropical environment means that Queensland is the natural leader in this area of science globally.

Professor Saga Mundree

Director, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, QUT

We are making crops more resilient, by making them more drought and disease tolerant. And globally we are addressing issues around nutritional security which is how can we best enhance the nutrient in crops that are exported to regions where such deficiencies and health issues exist.

[Caption: Feeding the world]

Professor Dean Jerry

Aquaculture is the fastest growing animal production industry in the world, and has a very important role in filling this requirement for animal protein into the future in more sustainable ways.

Professor Britta Shaffelke

Research Program Leader - Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia

A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Here in the National Sea Simulator we disentangle the different local pressures and global pressures. Like land run-off and the effects on the Great Barrier Reef.

[Caption: Protecting the reef]

We are collaborating quite widely, industries scientists and government, because it’s an issue that affects everybody.

[Caption: Cleaning our air]

Professor Lidia Morawska

Director, International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, QUT

Co-Director – Australia, Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management

Air quality is one of the top risks which humans face.

Queensland provides a very good collaborative environment for working together with international organisations, delivering research outcomes and then for utilisation by our partners.

[Caption: Healing the world]

Professor Ian Frazer AC

The Translational Research Institute is a unique facility globally because here we can do the basic science; we have the animal models to translate it; we have the manufacturing capacity to make products that are ready to go into patients, clinical trials facility and then straight into the hospital. All in one site.

Professor Ron Quinn AM

Foundation Director, Eskitis Institute Griffith University

If you want to treat a disease you have to have someone take a tablet. That contains a compound.

[Caption: Healing from nature]

We make a difference by discovering those compounds from the wonderful biodiversity of Queensland.

Professor Ian Wronski AO

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville

Queensland is exciting. Not only are you at the doorstep of tropical diseases in all its form but you are also in a developed country with a tremendous health system and institutions and government who are really focused on the development of tropical health know-how that I think is gaining attraction worldwide.

[Caption: Eliminating disease]

Dr Steven Donohue

Director, Tropical Public Health Unit, Queensland Health

Eliminate Dengue is making a huge difference because Dengue Fever was such a burden. Many people sick.

And now because of Eliminate Dengue program we’ve gone from lots of outbreaks every wet season to virtually nothing.

Dr Andrew Turley

Field Trial Manager (Australia), Eliminate Dengue

The success has meant that we can transfer this research overseas into international communities where we can have an even bigger impact on the transmission of dengue.

[Caption: Making mining safer ]

Lachlan Campbell

Vice President, Marketing and Technology, GroundProbe

We’re lucky that Queensland and Brisbane in particular is really a hub for mining technology and science. People around the world look to us for the new solutions that are going to drive innovation and change throughout our industry.

Professor Srinivasan Mandyam

Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Robotics, Queensland Brain Institute

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland (UQ)

Small creatures flying insects [fly] can navigate with a very small brain and limited resources so the challenge is – how can we do what a bee does in a plane?

Dr Michael Wilson

Senior Researcher, Boeing Research and Technology – Australia

Boeing has been partnering with Professor Srinivasan’s laboratory on a research project aimed at taking what we can learn from birds and bees and make robots smarter… and that’s world class research.

[Caption: Partnering for success]

Professor Srinivasan Mandyam

Partnering with an industry like Boeing it gives us a feeling of our research being relevant to society. And that’s a very big thrill.

Professor Max Lu

Past-Provost and Senior Vice-President, The University of Queensland

President and Vice-Chancellor Surrey University, UK

I’m proud of the fact that I have been contributing significantly to leading a world top 50 university in this wonderful state that in turn puts Queensland science and technology on the world map.

Professor Ian Frazer AO

Queensland science makes a difference not only in Queensland but also globally. We focus on science that is not only important for ourselves but for our region and the planet.

Vanessa Lussini, QUT

Queensland science…

Professor Ron Quinn

…making a difference

Professor Robert Henry

Queensland science…

Professor Sagadevan Mundree

…making a significant difference

Nigel Meadows, Insitu Pacific

Queensland science is…

Professor Lidia Morawska

…making a difference.

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Featured Queensland scientists and research centres

    Professor Ian Frazer AC

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    Professor Ian Frazer AC | The University of Queensland | Translational Research Institute

    The University of Queensland | Translational Research Institute
    Chair | TRI Foundation Board

    A successful vaccine, Gardasil, was developed to protect women and men from cancers caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) resulting in more than 170 million doses distributed worldwide since 2014.

    Professor Robert Henry

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    Professor Robert Henry | Director | Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.

    Director | Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation | The University of Queensland

    We provide research and development to support agriculture in Queensland and throughout the tropical and sub-tropical world to help produce more food, food that is healthier, and able to support growing populations.

    Professor Sagadevan Mundree

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    Professor Sagadevan Mundree | Director | Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities

    Director | Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities | QUT

    We are making crops like mung beans and chick peas more resilient—more drought and disease tolerant. We are also working to enhance the nutrients—such as iron—in crops for regions where such deficiencies cause huge health issues.

    Professor Dean Jerry

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    Professor Dean Jerry | Aquaculture and Fisheries | Head of Academic Group | Deputy Director | Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture | Director | Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding | James Cook University

    Aquaculture and Fisheries | Head of Academic Group | Deputy Director | Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
    Director | Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding | James Cook University

    We are applying innovative solutions to produce the world's most efficiently and sustainably farmed aquatic species to help meet the demands of a growing human population for enough animal protein.

    Dr Britta Schaffelke

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    Dr Britta Schaffelke | Research Program Leader | Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia | A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef | Australian Institute of Marine Science

    Research Program Leader | Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia | A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef | Australian Institute of Marine Science

    Protecting marine environments like the Great Barrier Reef, by working with landholders, government, and industries like agriculture, ports and shipping to make informed decisions about how to reduce the impact of their activities.

    Professor Lidia Morawska

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    Professor Lidia Morawska | Director | International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health | QUT | Co-Director | Australia Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management

    Director | International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health | QUT
    Co-Director | Australia Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management

    Dealing with air quality issues around the world which are so detrimental to people's health, and helping to change global policy on air pollution.

    Professor Ron Quinn AM

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    Professor Ron Quinn AM | Foundation Director | Eskitis Institute | Griffith University

    Foundation Director | Eskitis Institute | Griffith University

    Discovering the compounds needed for medicines, from the wonderful biodiversity of Queensland and the region. The resultant Nature Bank compound collection is available to assist researchers world-wide.

    Professor Ian Wronski AO

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    Professor Ian Wronski AO | Deputy Vice Chancellor | Division of Tropical Health and Medicine | James Cook University

    Deputy Vice Chancellor | Division of Tropical Health and Medicine | James Cook University

    Improving health in rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities within Australia and world-wide.

    Dr Steven Donohue

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    Dr Steven Donohue | Director | Tropical Public Health Unit | Queensland Health

    Director |  Tropical Public Health Unit | Queensland Health

    Reducing the threat of dengue fever in urban areas, as well as reducing the burden on the health system and economy.

    Dr Andrew Turley

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    Dr Andrew Turley | Field Trial Manager (Australia) | Eliminate Dengue Program | Queensland Tropical Health Alliance

    Field Trial Manager (Australia) | Eliminate Dengue Program | Queensland Tropical Health Alliance

    The Eliminating Dengue program is developing a low-cost, natural method to reduce the spread of dengue, which can be applied across large urban areas in dengue-affected countries. This will help reduce the 300million+ of cases of dengue each year.

    Mr Lachlan Campbell

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    Mr Lachlan Campbell | Vice President | Marketing and Technology | GroundProbe

    Vice President | Marketing and Technology | GroundProbe

    GroundProbe equipment detects and pre-warns of potentially catastrophic slope collapses, specifically associated with mines. 240+ radars have been deployed in 24 countries resulting in 500+ wall failures detected and 20+ lives saved in the first years of operation.

    Professor Mandyam Srinivasan

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    Professor Mandyam Srinivasan | Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Robotics | Queensland Brain Institute | School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering | The University of Queensland

    Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Robotics | Queensland Brain Institute | School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering | The University of Queensland

    We are designing novel strategies for machines to see, perceive, steer and navigate, based on the understanding we've gained of how bees see and their brains work to solve complex tasks.

    Dr Michael Wilson

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    Dr Michael Wilson | Senior Researcher | Boeing Research and Technology Australia | The Boeing Company

    Senior Researcher | Boeing Research and Technology Australia | The Boeing Company

    We're taking what we can learn from birds and bees and making robots smarter giving robots the ability to see using bio-inspired vision, to understand the environment they're operating in and to navigate by themselves, all without needing any external infrastructure.

    Professor Max Lu

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    Professor Max Lu | President and Vice-Chancellor Surrey University UK | Past-Provost and Senior Vice-President | The University of Queensland

    President and Vice-Chancellor Surrey University UK | Past-Provost and Senior Vice-President | The University of Queensland

    Educating the next generation of science and innovation leaders, who will each make a difference in the world.

    Vanessa Lussini

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    Vanessa Lussini | School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering | QUT

    School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering | QUT

    Developing a compound which enables the earlier detection of corrosion on structures like bridges and aircraft. The safety and integrity of structures will be maintained at a lower cost.

    Professor Duncan Campbell

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    Professor Duncan Campbell | Director | Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation | QUT

    Director | Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation | QUT

    Enabling unmanned aircraft (UA) to land unassisted using an ARCAA-developed automated emergency landing system (AELS)essential for the commercial, community safety and biosecurity uses of UAs to be realised.

    Nigel Meadows

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    Nigel Meadows | Chief Remote Pilot | Insitu Pacific

    Chief Remote Pilot | Insitu Pacific

    Working with researchers to shape ideas into practical applications for aircraft safety.

    Professor Jürgen Götz

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    Professor Jürgen Götz | Foundation Chair of Dementia Research | Inaugural Director | Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research | Queensland Brain Institute | The University of Queensland

    Foundation Chair of Dementia Research | Inaugural Director | Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research Queensland Brain Institute | The University of Queensland

    Restoring memory function in animal models of Alzheimer disease by pursuing a completely novel approach of using ultrasound to remove amyloid plaque from the brain to fully restore memory function and cognitive ability. This offers hope to future sufferers worldwide.

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