The UQ Agri-Food Innovation Alliance connects science, education and entrepreneurship within Queensland agribusiness.

As globalisation, technology and climate change transform agriculture worldwide, were partnering with agribusiness to upskill and maximise opportunities to expand in premium food and beverages, develop clean energy and recycling, and advance agricultural manufacturing.

The alliance, a $2.5 million government-funded pilot program, supports:

  • project teams of UQ researchers and agri-food business owners to conduct and translate research into commercially viable products
  • training job-ready graduates and highly skilled employees through internships, short-form and micro-credentials, and vocational training
  • facilities where UQ researchers and students can work with industry-based infrastructure to translate research.

Research translation facilities

Our partner businesses will have access to research translation facilities planned for the AgriFood Connect AATLIS precinct, Toowoomba, where UQ researchers and students will work with industry experts.

UQ’s St Lucia and Gatton campuses are uniquely placed within a production corridor that stretches from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

The corridor is encircled by diverse ecological and farming systems, including:

  • broadacre cropping
  • winter chilled fruit
  • viticulture
  • sub-tropical horticulture
  • dairy, beef and poultry farms
  • seafood.

This diversity enables us to conduct research and innovation that is relevant to most of Australia and provides a strong foundation for rapid out-scaling.

The Lockyer Valley and adjacent Granite Belt are among Australia’s most important clean and green “food bowls”.