PACE - Pharmacy Centre of Excellence

PACE is a leading facility for pharmaceutical research, education and commercialisation. PACE has been created within a unique health and medical precinct, with particular focus on pharmacy and pharmaceutical science, adjacent to the Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane). While at PACE, students interested in studying pharmacy or pursuing a future career in medicine will gain insight into the dynamic health industry and experience hands-on, interactive activities involving pharmaceutical science. Upon arrival, students will attend a short orientation session followed by a student-led tour of PACE, including the library, mock pharmacy facilities and the wet labs (2 hours).

Students then have the choice of undertaking either of the following activities -

  • Drug dispensing workshop – students can experience what goes on behind the scenes in a mock pharmacy and will see the drug dispensing robot in action!
  • Drug compounding workshop – a hands-on, lab-based activity in which students create pharmaceutical products especially for particular patients. Students should bring their own lab coats and wear closed in shoes.

School groups are also invited to experience a DNA Restriction and Electrophoresis workshop at the SPARQ-ed facility (see below) housed in the Translational Research Institute (TRI). Workshops can be undertaken on the same day as your visit to PACE (2 hours). In this workshop, students will perform a restriction digest to cut a length of DNA in such a way to be able to determine the direction that DNA is mapped. This technique is used in laboratories to determine whether a length of engineered DNA is suitable for use in genetic modification procedures and in the study cancer research.

Visits can be scheduled between 9am and 2pm (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) on various dates during the school semester (maximum of 50 students per group). To book, email

Please note the following when planning your visit to PACE/TRI:

  • Bus drop off zone is located on Cornwall Street (no parking on-site)
  • Closed-in shoes are required for all activities
  • Students are permitted to bring snacks however a cafeteria is located on-site


SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research QLD)

SPARQ-ed is a unique educational facility established as a collaboration between The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and Queensland's Department of Education and Training (DET). SPARQ-ed aims to promote excellence and innovation in biological and biomedical education by delivering world class specialist programs to Queensland school students and their teachers. These programs are based on a model that brings together personnel and expertise from the education and scientific research communities.

The SPARQ-ed facility is located in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. It features a state-of-the-art biomedical teaching laboratory and online learning area where participants can work alongside scientists from TRI's partner institutes. First established in 2009, SPARQ-ed is coordinated by Anne Brant and Shannon Walsh, registered teachers employed by DET.

SPARQ-ed offers the following hands-on laboratory experiences:

  • Research Immersion Programs : The flagship service provided by SPARQ-ed are the Research Immersion Programs, authentic week long scientific experiences for senior secondary students and teachers where participants play a part in the cutting edge biomedical research performed at TRI
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Experiences : SPARQ-ed offers shorter (half to two day) workshops aimed at giving senior secondary students and teachers an opportunity to carry out the techniques used by modern biomedical researchers
  • Upper Primary and Junior Secondary Workshops : SPARQ-ed offers a range of programs suitable for upper primary and junior secondary school students. These programs cover a range of activities used by biomedical scientists in their work

In addition to the practical programs, SPARQ-ed serves as a hub for connecting school communities with the medical research community. The SPARQ-ed web portal provides a selection of quality educational materials for schools to use in their teaching of matters pertaining to biomedical research, and these resources are constantly being expanded to match changes to the school curriculum with the latest advances in biomedical science. SPARQ-ed can also provide training in laboratory techniques to school staff, both in hands-on workshops and online educational packages.

IPLC - Integrated Pathology Learning Centre

What is the IPLC?

The Centre houses a large collection of human tissue specimens which are used to give students an understanding of various diseases and their causes. The specimens on display include both healthy and diseased human organs, tissues and body parts collected during autopsy examinations of deceased persons or surgical operations. The specimens are retained for teaching purposes in accordance with current legislation.

Benefits for students

Students develop an understanding of the ethical issues associated with the use of human tissue specimens in science and education. They also investigate the effects of behavioural and environmental factors on health focussing on cardiovascular disease, alcohol consumption, smoking and skin cancer. Students gain an understanding of organ donation and transplantation and find out how research can contribute to our knowledge of disease. During this experience students are encouraged to think critically about personal and peer attitudes to contemporary health issues.

Who should visit IPLC?

Year 11 and 12 students who are currently studying Science, Biology or Health & Physical Education. 

A maximum of 24 students can be accommodated per visit.

What does a visit at IPLC involve?

Upon arrival, staff and students attend an introductory session delivered by the curator covering ethical and safety issues, the history of the collection and how to look at pathology specimens. Students undertake activities comparing normal organs to specimens demonstrating conditions that occur commonly in our community.

Students then break into two groups of 12 and undertake two rotational activities:

  • Group 1: Pathology Case Studies – relating clinical case histories to features of pathology specimens; interactive skin cancer case study including patient history, pathology specimens and the examination of histology slides under the microscope
  • Group 2: Interactive look at disease prevention and health promotion using pathology specimens as focal points for discussion

What should teachers know?

Schools are responsible for ensuring, prior to the visit, that students are aware that the activities involve viewing human tissue specimens.

As the collection is of a sensitive nature, schools are responsible for ensuring that students under the age of 18 years have permission from their parent or guardian to visit the IPLC.

Teachers and students can view a short film about the IPLC here


  • Activities undertaken by students will be coordinated by staff from IPLC
  • Viewing of the collection will occur in small groups with adult supervision
  • Students should be discouraged from attending if they are anxious about viewing tissue or body parts from deceased persons
  • Students are required to understand the sensitive nature of the collection of human specimens and behave in a respectful manner
  • Photography or filming is not permitted 

To book this experience contact

For further information, visit the IPLC website.

CAI - Centre for Advanced Imaging

The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) is a unique imaging research facility in Australia. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, the centre holds world-class imaging instruments including a PET/MR, PET/CT, 3T MRI, 7T MRI, pre-clinical 9.4T and 16.4T MRI; and cutting edge radiochemistry facilities such as an on-site cyclotron, used for radioisotope production and research. With collaborations across the country and the globe, CAI brings together close to a hundred researchers and more than $100M in imaging and spectroscopy facilities to be at the forefront of imaging technology and biomedical research.

The centre is one of only a handful in the world and brings together key research initiatives such as the National Imaging Facility, ACRF Facility for Molecular Imaging Agents in Cancer, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology and ARC Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology.

Popular with high school science groups, particularly those with a focus on physics and chemistry; the CAI tour is a great way to introduce young scientific minds to the science behind medical imaging such as radiochemistry, positron emission tomography, nanomedicines, VR technology and powerful magnets.

Antiquities Museum

As Queensland’s largest collection of Mediterranean antiquities, the RD Milns Antiquities Museum seeks to educate and innovate, by engaging with its communities and with the past.

For more information, visit the Antiquities Museum website.

Agriculture and Environment

Gatton campus visit 

  • You're invited to learn more about study options and careers available through agriculture, agribusiness, animal, plant and vet science
  • Visits to the campus will be tailored according to student requirements
  • Contact - Erin Pearl via
  • Cost - free

FEAST - Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science & Technology

  • Our annual 5 day residential camp which explores science careers in agriculture, animal, plant and food industries
  • Audience - students in Years 10-12 
  • Cost - $350 per student (subject to change)
  • Website -

UQ Sunflower Competition -

Archaeological Teaching and Research Centre

The experience includes a campus tour and hands-on activities at the School’s outdoor dig site ATARC (Archaeology Teaching & Research Centre) which will introduce students to archaeological field methods such as excavating, mapping, sieving, sorting, and interpretation (3 hours). 

The experience is suitable for senior students studying history, chemistry or biology. Students considering a career in archaeology, cultural heritage management, history or earth sciences may also be interested. Students will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about post-tertiary career options in both Archaeology and Criminology. Further details about the School of Social Science’s outreach activities can be viewed at

Visits can be scheduled between 9am – 2pm (Monday to Friday) during school semester (maximum of 25 students per group, blackout dates may apply). To book, email


  • Bus drop-off zone is located in Chancellor’s Place (no bus parking on-campus)
  • Closed-in shoes, hat, sunscreen & water bottles are required
  • Students are permitted to bring snacks however food outlets are available on-campus
  • Risk assessment document can be provided upon request


A charge of $11.00 incl. GST per student applies for ATARC (invoice can be issued to school).

Offered by:

The UQ School of Social Science offers the Archaeology Experience, along with other archaeology activities (Meeting the Dead, and Human Evolution and Dispersals), and a criminology activity (The Crim Experience).


Archaeology Experience

The Archaeology Experience is a one-hour activity that has proven to be successful in engaging strong interest from a wide range of social groups and ages. It is a "hands on" activity where students will excavate and analyse artefacts including stone, bone, metal and glass. They will benefit in undertaking this activity by:

  • Participating in an educational activity that they find exciting and unique;
  • Gaining a broad understanding about how archaeology integrates and bridges issues of the past, present and future;
  • Learning how archaeology can contribute to a sustainable community where cultural heritage is valued.
  • Finding out what archaeologists do and what you can study in UQ’s archaeology program.

The activity is held at the School’s outdoor dig site ATARC (Archaeology Teaching & Research Centre). Participants will need to wear enclosed footwear, a hat and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle.

Sessions are one hour long. Sessions may be extended to allow time for students to see a demonstration of flint-knapping and create their own stone tool.

The cost* for this activity is $11.00 per student including GST ($10.00 excluding GST), with 20-25 students per session (multiple sessions can be run to cater for larger numbers).  *Costs will increase on 1 July 2017.


Human Evolution and Dispersals Workshop

This workshop looks at understanding human evolution by examining the material remains (bones and other physical evidence) of past humans & hominin ancestors. Students will gain a better understanding of the physical, mental & social development of humans through time. The module will also look at the dispersal of modern humans “out of Africa".

Sessions are one hour long. Sessions may be extended to allow a more in-depth focus and discussion.

Groups of up to 25 students. $5.00 per student excl GST ($5.50 incl GST) for a 1-hour session.


Meeting the Dead

This lab-based workshop focuses on death & burial, forensic analysis techniques & the significance of human remains for an understanding of the life & times in which they lived, including the social status of individuals, the beliefs and practices of the society and the health of ancient populations.

Groups of up to 25 students. $5.00 per student excl GST ($5.50 incl GST) for a 1-hour session


CRIM Experience

The CRIM Experience is a one-hour, hands on activity designed for high school students. Participants will benefit from this activity by:

  • Learning how criminology and criminal justice studies contribute to our understanding of why people commit crimes, how the criminal justice system works and ways to control and prevent crime harms;
  • Gaining an understanding of how criminals make bad decisions;
  • Learning about negative affects of alcohol and drugs abuse;
  • Gaining an insight into post-tertiary career options in criminology at UQ.

Groups of up to 25 students. $5.00 per student excl GST ($5.50 incl GST) for a 1-hour session.


UQ Anthropology Museum

The Anthropology Museum cares for a significant collection of non-Western art and artefacts including contemporary Pacific and Australian Indigenous artwork. It houses a wealth of artefacts ranging from household implements to diverse performance paraphernalia and musical instruments. There are water-craft, paintings, clothing, hunting gear, a large quantity of stone tools, including grind stones and axes, and some 1,100 spears and arrows. The Museum also holds a collection of 6500 photographs.

It is by far the largest of UQ's museum collections and the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia. The foundation collection was donated to the University prior to the establishment of the School of Social Science.

Engineering, Architecture and IT

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology invites students and teachers to experience exciting workshops and activities.

For more information, visit the Faculty's website.

Humanities and Social Sciences

World Religions Symposium - on-campus event

  • The World Religions Symposium is an annual event, run by the Studies in Religion discipline
  • In previous years, the Symposium has featured teaching sessions on topics such as Asian Religions, the Bible, Religious Pluralism, and Spirituality in the Everyday
  • Audience - Year 11 students
  • Contact - Lucy O'Brien -  

Languages and Cultures

Taste of .....

Senior students can experience a language and culture by taking part in a “Taste of” event which are run each year in February. The School of Languages and Cultures invites language students from year 12 to the campus to learn about studying their language of interest, view facilities and experience the University campus. Currently, students can have a “Taste of…” experience in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

Chinese Writing Contest

Each year the School of Languages and Cultures organises this contest for Primary and High School students. The competition is held in October each year and students are asked to complete a series of writing activities to demonstrate their writing capabilities. Activities vary to cater for the different grade levels, and there are sections for both non – native and native speakers of Mandarin or any Chinese dialect. A First, Second, and Third Prize is awarded for each section and all entrants receive a certificate of participation.

Other Events

Teachers, students and parents are invited to attend a range of events organised by the School of Languages and Cultures. From Public Lectures to Film Festivals, the School welcomes members of the wider community to come along and network, learn and enjoy a range of activities.

For more information on current or past events or competitions, visit the school website:


Your students are invited to attend the UQ School of Music’s free weekly concerts which showcase some of the University’s greatest talent and rising stars.

The weekly concerts are usually held on a Thursday afternoon from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (may vary from week to week).

Music performance can be studied in conjunction with any UQ degree program, making a visit to the School of Music a wonderful opportunity for any budding musicians in your cohort.

For information visit

To book, contact

Professional Development Opportunities

COSMOS Resources for Teachers – Agriculture

  • The 46 page guide is a free, stand-alone teaching tool to engage your students over several lessons, and allow them to relate to agricultural science through a variety of activities and experiments. 
  • View the publication online

Visit a Virtual Scientist

  • The UQ Virtual Scientists is a new media project designed to communicate what it’s like to be a research scientist. In a short video, each of the 12 scientists explains their research, its implications and why they enjoy their careers. The videos are linked to a life sized cut-out of each scientist via a QR code. Schools in Brisbane may request a life-sized cut-out for educational displays and events

Careers that Started in Science

  • Inspire your students to discover the broad range of career opportunities in science. The scientists profiled have used their qualifications to secure rewarding and diverse roles, across the globe. This publication details their career path, experiences, qualifications and salary range for their position.
  • View the publication online. Order free copies for your school using this online form.

Science and Maths

Earth and Environment Day - St Lucia campus

UQ/QAMT Maths Problem Solving Competition 

Queensland Brain Bee Challenge hosted by QLD Brain Institute 

QLD Junior Physics Olympiad 

  • Year 10 students interested in Science and Maths are invited to a five day (non-residential) programme. This program aims to develop problem solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics
  • Cost - $235 per student
  • Contact -
  • For more information visit

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

  • Students in Years 9 and 10 are invited to a three day program of workshops, seminars and site visits to research facilities under the guidance of university scientists. Students can engage with a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of actual scientists
  • For more information visit

Experience Science - St Lucia campus

  • Experience Science provides students in Years 10 - 12 an opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ, and how science is applied in industry and everyday life. The event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops
  • Contact -
  • For more information visit

Australian National Tritration Competition - St Lucia campus 

SPARQ-ed, hosted by the Dimantina Institute

  • SPARQ-ed aims to promote excellence and innovation in biological and biomedical education by delivering world class specialist programs to Queensland school students and their teachers.
  • Audience - Upper Primary and Middle School Students
  • Costs – Varies depending on the workshop
  • Contact -
  • For more information visit

Wonder of Science - promoting a STEM culture in schools

  • Immerses years 5 to 9 students in authentic and challenging STEM Inquiry
  • Provides Young Science Ambassadors (PhD research students) for visits to schools
  • Includes professional learning for teachers
  • The website provides additional information and details on how to get involved

Marine Research Stations

UQ’s marine research stations provide the ideal location for student camps, with easy access to North Stradbroke Island from Brisbane and to Heron Island from Gladstone. With accommodation and flexible facilities including teaching laboratories and seminar/meeting rooms to suit all groups sizes and self-catering or catered options, the stations provide unique hands-on learning opportunities for your students. Find our more at or

UQ Art Gallery

Your students are invited to visit UQ's Art Gallery which boasts the second largest public art collection in Queensland.

For more information visit the UQ Art Museum website.

UQ Sport

UQ Sport operates the largest multi-sport complex in Queensland. We encourage our members to play their way with 68+ sports and activities, 10+ social sport options, and over 34 different sporting clubs.

At our facilities you can:

  • Break a sweat in 90+ group fitness classes across St Lucia and Gatton,
  • Lift with the best of ‘em at our three-level weights and cardio gym,
  • Make a splash at our Aquatic Centre where you can paddle up a storm with Aquatic Group Fitness classes and Brisbane’s most comprehensive adult swim squad,
  • Sprint to the finish line at our Olympic standard Athletics track,
  • Make a racket at one of 21 tennis courts at our Tennis Centre.

We offer future students a range of exciting, unique and entertaining activities suited even to those who fancy fun over fitness! Contact the UQ School Liaison team for bookings at


Pro Bono Centre

UQ's Pro Bono Centre is passionate about engaging young people's interest in nationally and internationally significant issues, enabling them to better disseminate the information made to the public through government, media and other organisations. 

In these sessions, UQ law students plan, write, and facilitate group activities and class discussion seminars to your students on topics such as asylum and refugee law, international humanitarian law plus domestic violence and the law. 

Duration: Varies depending on content

Location: St Lucia campus

Who: Year 9 -12 students

More info:


Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

UQ HMNS School Visits Program

The Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences School Visits Program is an educational opportunity for secondary students to apply their learning in Senior Health and PE. Students enjoy hands-on involvement in a variety of authentic tasks and learning experiences; exploring subjects such as clinical exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, sport sciences, and nutrition sciences. During each session students are encouraged to draw upon the principles and concepts taught in your classroom and apply them to practical situations in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences laboratories. Visits can be tailored according to student requirements.

·       Audience: Students in Years 11 – 12

·       Cost: $200 - $600 per session (subject to change)

·       For more information visit

School Tours and Experience Sessions

Ignite your students interest in the fascinating sciences behind human movement and nutrition with a variety of 'experience' sessions at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Experience sessions may be in the form of hands-on workshops, career presentations, or facility tours. Session topics are available in the areas of exercise physiology, exercise and sport sciences, and nutrition and dietetics. Visits can be tailored according to student interests or requirements.

·       Audience: Students in Years 7 – 12

·       Cost: Please contact to discuss if a small fee will apply

·       Contact: Caroline Day via