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Research institutes and centres

We are committed to performing research that is not only of academic relevance, but is engaging with industry and our stakeholders and contributing to innovation that benefits our communities and the nation.

Our research is focused on tackling national and global challenges affecting agriculture, natural resource management, and people living and doing business in regional areas. We have demonstrated research capability and expertise to service industry needs in a number of areas.

USQ facilitates a broad spectrum of research programs across multiple disciplines within our world class research institutes, centres and faculties. 

Institute for Resilient Regions

The Institute for Resilient Regions conducts research that enables rural, remote and regional communities to be resilient and adaptive, liveable and prosperous, healthy and active, and connected and collaborative. We work with government, non-government and business organisations to understand and help communities to innovate, successfully navigate change, develop and deploy new skills, technology and infrastructure, strengthen community health and well-being and appreciate and develop cultural capital and experiences.

Executive Director: Professor Hon. John McVeigh

Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences

The Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences provides a dedicated facility with a focus on hypersonic propulsion systems, rocket fuel development, astrophysics, machine learning vision and advanced materials. Researchers are working closely with national and international aerospace, defence, agriculture machinery and civil engineering companies, to deliver cutting-edge technologies, industry solutions and knowledge at the forefront of discovery. With world-class infrastructure and equipment, USQ is home to the Mt Kent Observatory which provides the only ground-based support in the southern hemisphere for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. USQ’s hypersonic wind tunnel facility delivers hypersonic flows at up to Mach 7 for hypersonic aerodynamics, free-flight, proximal body separation, heat transfer, control, scramjet engine inlet starting experiments, and fluid-structure interaction experiments that cannot be performed elsewhere. USQ has one of Australia’s largest dedicated composite materials, manufacturing and testing facilities. Partnerships with heavy equipment manufacturers such as John Deere, support the commercialisation of machine vision technologies and remote operation systems. USQ’s unique geographical location supports our space research programs and industry interactions.

Executive Director: Professor Peter Schubel

Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment

The Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment provides a focus for researchers in agriculture, crop health, natural resource management, environment and climate sciences. Research undertaken in the Institute is recognised as above world standard in key areas which supports the delivery of applied solutions that shape the future of global food production. The Institute’s strong partnerships with state, national and international governments and industries play key roles in developing and enhancing our research capacity to meet emerging needs.

Executive Director: Professor Gavin Ash

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Prof. Joanne Aitken 

Cancer Council Queensland

'In a very special research partnership with USQ, our team of researchers are looking into social and behavioural factors that might contribute to the poorer outcomes that people in regional parts of Queensland suffer for major diseases such as cancer. We are committed to working together to address the disparity between country and city health so that we can ensure a greater quality of life for all Queenslanders, no matter where they live.'


Mario Pannucio
Neilsens Concrete (CEO)

'We are working with USQ research to develop a more sustainable product to change the way the world makes concrete and deliver millions of tonnes less of CO2.'