Professors Scott Bowman and Jennelle Kyd will announce an innovation and research precinct this morning, using the former CSIRO labs in Kawana.
Professors Scott Bowman and Jennelle Kyd will announce an innovation and research precinct this morning, using the former CSIRO labs in Kawana. Supplied

Labs will be ideas factory

ROCKHAMPTON’S former CSIRO laboratories in Kawana are to be transformed into an “ideas factory”.

CQUniversity will today announce ambitious plans to create a world-class research and innovation precinct on the site.

Vice-chancellor Scott Bowman said yesterday the $6 million acquisition would preface a search in Europe and America for the best academics and researchers to establish the precinct.

“It will be a place that will drive innovation across the Central Queensland region and attract professors who are world leaders,” he said.

The university will move its engineering and health sciences research across the Bruce Hwy into the labs, and Professor Bowman says that will be just the start.

“In the next five to 10 years we want to be known as a centre of world-class research in five or six disciplines.

“It’s a big facility, with room for hundreds of researchers working on a diverse range of projects and ideas.

“We will have all those incredible thinkers in one place. There are lots of bright ideas in the region. We will be able to put those ideas in at one end and see what comes out at the other end.”

He said the precinct, to be known as the Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct, would revolutionise the university and the way it impacts on the communities it serves.

The official announcement is due at 9.30 this morning.

Deputy vice-chancellor Jennelle Kyd said the labs would have an immediate impact on researchers working on vaccines to prevent middle-ear infections, innovations in bio-diesel crops and work-related fatigue.

But it certainly wouldn’t end there. Professor Kyd said the precinct would be made available to agencies from across the region which could make use of excellent facilities.

“We welcome other innovators and research organisations to join with us – there is strength in numbers and great reciprocal benefits to be achieved for all in the region,” she said.

We will have all those incredible thinkers in one place


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