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The Institute for Future Environments (IFE) is a transdisciplinary research and innovation institute at QUT that brings together researchers and students to collaborate on large-scale projects relating to our natural, built and digital environments. The IFE generates knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. Transcripts of IFE podcasts are available upon request.
 
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The freedom of journalists to do their jobs and report in the public interest has been under threat since the US terror attacks in 2001. The imprisonment of Peter Greste along with two of his Al Jazeera colleagues in Egypt in 2013 on terrorism charges has been followed in recent years by similarly concerning incidents in Australia and overseas that…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture recorded on 29 April 2020 at QUT. This presentation discusses the model used to conduct research at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and its Synthesis Centre (sDiv). Dr Winter discusses iDiv/sDiv's successes and challenges, and the strategies used to bring people together to work on cu…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 15 February 2018 at QUT. Providing society with the energy it needs is getting more challenging by the day, thanks to greater emissions, urbanisation and climate change. This podcast discusses an initiative called Urban Energy Hub which aims for a higher integration of renewables in urban energy systems …
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 31 January 2020 at QUT. While the energy consumption of our world steadily increases at the rate of three per cent per year, fossil fuel resources are steadily consumed, and energy-related geopolitical tensions rise at an alarming rate. Humans inevitably seek alternative energy sources, new methods of st…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded 26 July 2019 at QUT. We have entered the time where climate change is not a distant concern, but one that is undermining basic human development and survival around the world right now. As fear and alarm increases in communities across the globe, have we reached the point of no return? Is it too late to mitiga…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded 1 May 2020 at QUT. Professor Bertsch explores the scientific and technological trends and opportunities that will help shape a sustainable future for Queensland. He examines the science and technology trends and challenges as Australia moves towards a population of 50 million and covers topics such as technolo…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded on on 23 August 2019 at QUT Gardens Point. Many challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we contemplate a renewable hydrogen energy future. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is our highest priority to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, mitigate global climate change and ensure human l…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture recorded at QUT on 6 September 2019. Astrophysicist and Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith will discuss the grand challenges facing Australia’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industry, particularly highlighting emerging opportunities in astrophysics, super…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded 25 October 2019 at QUT. Is it time to move past the era of ‘practical reconciliation’ to something more substantive and defined by Indigenous Australians? This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities that QUT is facing while undertaking the redevelopment of its strategic plan and the vision …
 
The Earth's atmosphere is contaminated by many pollutants, all of which are harmful to life and the environment. The need to clean up our air for the future health of the planet is widely understood and accepted, but how do we remove these contaminants safely and efficiently?Institute for Future Environments
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture recorded on 28 June 2019. Pichia pastoris, one of the most commonly used eukaryotic expression hosts, was reassigned to the genus Komagataella in 1995 and divided into the three species: Komagataella phaffii, K. pastoris and K. pseudopastoris. Most biotechnological applications for protein expression employ the spe…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture, recorded at QUT on 17 July 2019. Dr Scott Davidoff from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab discusses virtual reality (VR), artificial reality (AR), data science, and other discoveries and technologies of the digital age, and how these achievements can be used with prototyping techniques to overcome obstacles and become a f…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 7 June 2019 at QUT. The digital revolution offers opportunities for science to discover unsuspected patterns and relationships in nature and society, on scales from the nanoscale to the cosmic, from local health systems to global sustainability. Access to global data has created the potential for scienti…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 9 July 2019 at QUT. As urbanisation increases around the world, there’s a growing push to create smarter cities through the implementation of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Smart cities have the potential to use resources more efficiently, but they also require s…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded 3 May 2019 at QUT. Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur and CEO of technology enterprise Everledger, Leanne Kemp, shares World Economic Forum predictions on the industries of the future, the important sustainability challenges and choices we face, and the skill sets needed for success in the future. She also shares…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 5 June 2019 at QUT. The effective implementation of environmental policies has a huge impact on the conservation of biodiversity. However, policies can change according to the socio-economic and political situation. Brazil is facing an important political transition that could impair environmental polici…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 30 May 2019 at QUT. Associate Professor New's research involves developing molecular imaging tools to understand the interactions of metals with cellular functions, with a focus on fluorescent and magnetic resonance sensors. In this lecture, she presents progress made in studying three main aspects of ce…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture, recorded 30 April 2019 at QUT Although there would be great benefits to both sides were they to work productively together, scientists and politicians sing from different pages of the hymn book. Presented by Professor Herbert E. Huppert, recipient of the Australian Academy of Science 2019 Selby Fellowship, this Di…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture, recorded 12 April 2019 at QUT Today, we live longer and more prosperous lives than ever before. As a species, we have made huge advances to create conditions for better health for billions of people, however this progress is taking a heavy toll on the planet's natural systems. In this lecture, Professor Jones explores t…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture, recorded 15 March 2019 at QUT Artificial intelligence offers considerable promise - the robots can perhaps take the sweat, and do all the dirty, dull and difficult jobs - but how do we ensure the future is bright? How long even do we have before machines are as capable as us? And when they are, how can we be sure they'l…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture, recorded 15 February 2019 at QUT Swinburne University of Technology is creating an Industry 4.0 Testlab for Carbon Fibre Composite Product Automation which will be embedded in the Factory of the Future as part of Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Hub. The Testlab will bring a world-first, digital approach to the rapid manu…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture, recorded 1 March 2019 at QUT Let's talk about the economy of algorithms. What is this new world, where the confluence of the ‘Internet of Things’, algorithms as economic agents and new business models changes the way we live, work, and think? What new opportunities does it bring? What could go wrong? And what is our rol…
 
Working together to secure the future of our national icon - A special QUT Grand Challenge Lecture facilitated by Robyn Williams from ABC's The Science Show, recorded 10 August 2018 at QUTInstitute for Future Environments
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture, recorded 4 May 2018 at QUT In today’s media landscape, there is much discussion of closing the gap for Indigenous Australians, but a decade on, only three of the seven targets set by the Council of Australian Governments are on track. The four targets not yet achieved directly affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islande…
 
IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture, recorded 9 May 2018 at QUT. Unfortunately, warfare and conflict in their many forms seem destined to blight our world for the foreseeable future. While war continues to be fundamentally a human endeavour whose character remains largely unchanged, the nature of contemporary and future conflict is undergoing signifi…
 
IFE Grand Challenge Lecture, recorded 25 May 2018 at QUT. Through the 20th century, research laboratories at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge embodied two leading models of research, based on competing philosophies of how research is conducted and research teams are assembled and supported.The Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, under the gu…
 
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