Environment and nature

The environment and nature science sector addresses contemporary issues arising from population growth, climate change and environmentally sustainable development.

The sector encompasses expertise in water and wastewater management technologies and solutions, reef science, air quality monitoring and control, green energy production, soils, flora and fauna and landscapes, mining remediation, recycling, and urban development.

The Department of Environment and Science is the lead Queensland Government agency responsible for environmental, species and ecosystem protection as well as research and monitoring, together with Queensland universities, institutes, facilities, precincts, and laboratories.

Queensland has nine universities including three of Australia’s largest. Details of the 250 plus research centres in Queensland are available by searching the Queensland science capability directory. Most Queensland universities manage major environment and nature research programs in dedicated research institutes and centres.

Leading environment and nature research

Find out what top researchers leaders in the environment and nature sector are saying about how Queensland is making a difference in water research.

Video transcript

“Queensland Science making a difference WATER”

Associate Professor Eva Abal

Director, Sustainable Water Program

Global Change Institute

The University of Queensland

The world has always been very much concerned about water quantity. Now water quality will become a major issue.

Queensland science in water is helping to improve water quality by developing technology around solutions, the economics and the regulatory framework, and the planning mechanisms.

[Caption: Bringing Solutions Together]

Queensland is sharing its knowledge our neighbours and other countries.

There is definitely a lot of passion in making our rivers cleaner around the world.

[Caption: Queensland Science… WATER…Making a difference

Prof Michele Burford

Executive Deputy Director

Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Our research which is really aimed at understanding ecosystem health can help us identify where in the landscape the problem areas or hotspots are. Our approaches are highly applicable to trying to solve worldwide problems. It is really important for us to come up with cost effective solutions to help Aquaculture in both Australia and developing countries to work more sustainably.

Researchers at the Australian Rivers Institute have been working in China for more than 10 years developing a report card system that they can use in their rivers systems.

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People come to us from around the world because we can help them.

Professor Zhiguo Yuan

Director, Advanced Water Management Centre

The University of Queensland

My research aims to provide knowledge to the waste water industry to more effectively manage waste water. Sewer corrosion is a huge issue in Australia and also worldwide.

And the industry Spend a lot of money to manage sewer corrosion.

[Caption: Solving worldwide problems]

In addition to developing modelling tools like Sewex, we also developed some new technologies that enables the water industry to take a more proactive approaches to managing sewer corrosion.

Australian water utility have already…achieved cost savings of $400m so far and worldwide this will go even further beyond.

Paul Heaton


Gold Coast Waste and Water

City of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has 5 rivers, it has 50 Km of beaches, and 500km of waterways. Every year we attract something like 11 million visitors to the Gold Coast and we can only see that increasing.

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The challenge for the future for us is to achieve the right balance between development and our environment Water quality is our number one priority

The Science underpins nearly everything that we do. There is no doubt that our scientific collaborations with universities and government departments has made an enormous difference to the outcomes we’ve been able to achieve here on the Gold Coast.

Together with Queensland Science, we’re making a difference for water.

Eva Abal

Queensland science

Michele Burford

Making a difference

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Environment and nature research centres

Queensland has more than 120 institutes, facilities, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations involved in the environment and nature sector including:

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