The $270 million Ecosciences precinct uses award-winning architecture and sustainable design principles to create a highly collaborative environment for scientists dedicated to solving some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges.
The Ecosciences Precinct houses scientists and support staff from the Queensland Government, CSIRO and the University of Queensland through the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). The co-location of scientific agencies ‘without walls’ is a major innovation, shedding spatial and operational barriers to optimise collaboration and the sharing of space and instrumentation.
Science at the precinct focuses on delivering an improved understanding of our natural resources and environment to assist in their better management. It helps key industries such as agriculture, forestry and marine, to develop sustainable growth strategies. The precinct’s state-of-the-art research facilities include laboratories, insect houses, controlled environment rooms, glasshouses, greenhouses, offices, workshops and an education centre.
Some of the science being undertaken includes:
> Using NASA satellite and imaging technology and derived products for land clearing, property planning and bush fire risk assessments.
> Delivering environmental monitoring to guide policy decisions and management interventions.
> Developing biological controls using plants and insects to tackle environmental issues.
> Developing an Australian prawn that breeds better and can be sustainably farmed.
> Devising practical pest management strategies.
> Working to protect the endangered loggerhead turtle, with turtle numbers.
Roof top, basement, a laboratory and an interactive space
Sunday Guided Tours
Times: Rolling tours every 20 to 30 min
Comfortable shoes - no heels
Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Delivery 2011 // WINNER Strong Category – KBRB Project Australian Institute of Builders Award // WINNER Professional Excellence in Building – Projects over $100M – BRUV & KBRB // Australian Institute of Architects WINNER John Dalton Award – Brisbane Regional Building of the Year // WINNER Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture (QLD Awards) // WINNER Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture (National Awards) // Master Builders State Housing & Constructions Awards WINNER Project of the Year - BRUV & KBRBWINNER Health & Education Facilities over $30M – KBRB