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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 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.

    Contemplating a renewable hydrogen energy future - Professor Masakazu Sugiyama (University of Tokyo)

    Contemplating a renewable hydrogen energy future - Professor Masakazu Sugiyama (University of Tokyo)

    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 life is sustainable for the centuries to come. Future possibilities include large-scale solar generation plants, a potentially lucrative hydrogen export industry for Australia and new farming and food production pathways.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Australia's STEM future - Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith (University of NSW)

    Australia's STEM future - Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith (University of NSW)

    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, supercomputing and space. Professor Harvey-Smith will also examine how barriers to the equal participation of women in STEM threatens Australia's effectiveness to tackle these new challenges, and explain how the implementation of the new national Women in STEM Decadal Plan hopes to transform the sector.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Moving beyond practical reconciliation in higher education - Angela Barney-Leitch (QUT Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy)

    Moving beyond practical reconciliation in higher education - Angela Barney-Leitch (QUT Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy)

    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 for Indigenous Australian engagement and empowerment.

    • 43 min
    Towards an optimised strategy for cleaner air - Professor Urs Baltensperger (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)

    Towards an optimised strategy for cleaner air - Professor Urs Baltensperger (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)

    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?

    • 51 min
    Tools for synthetic pathway expression and engineering in Pichia pastoris - Professor Toni Glieder (Graz University of Technology)

    Tools for synthetic pathway expression and engineering in Pichia pastoris - Professor Toni Glieder (Graz University of Technology)

    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 species K. phaffii. Innovative concepts for the K. phaffii genome and expression cassette engineering enable improved protein expression and extend the fields of application for this non-conventional yeast. In particular, great potential can be seen in synthetic pathway expression and biological manufacturing of chemicals, where the lack of tools for engineering have so far limited the range of possible applications. Recent advances in this field now offer new opportunities for efficient expression of multiple genes by simple molecular engineering and balanced co-expression to optimise product yields and compositions.

    • 54 min
    Novel prototyping methods for emerging contexts - Dr Scott Davidoff (Mission Operations, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab)

    Novel prototyping methods for emerging contexts - Dr Scott Davidoff (Mission Operations, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab)

    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 force multiplier for research.

    • 50 min

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