SPARQ-ed (pronounced spark ed) is a unique educational facility established in collaboration between the Department of Education and The University of Queensland. Launched by TRI CEO and Director of Research, Prof Ian Frazer, the program has been delivering world-class STEM education programs since 2009 to students across Queensland. The cutting-edge facility features a fully equipped PC2 biomedical teaching laboratory and learning centre, providing students with a unique and practical introduction to biomedical research.

Our Vision - To be a leader in Australian STEM education by delivering innovative biomedical research education that fosters the development of aspiring and successful students, as the future leaders and innovators of Queensland.

Our Mission - To deliver sustainable and accessible world-class biomedical education experiences that inspire students to consider STEM subjects and careers, enhance the professional practice of teachers and build strong connections with the community.


Research Immersion – Our Flagship program 

A week-long program that allows students to conduct an experimental project in conjunction with one of TRI’s world ranked biomedical research groups. The program is open to year 10, 11 and 12 chemistry and biology students throughout Queensland. ATAR adjustments are available to successful students who would like to study at UQ.

Workshops – For School groups 

School groups can participate in a variety of experiences to deepen knowledge and skills relating to the curriculum. Schools can book an incursion or excursion workshop experience, request a bespoke program from our list of topics or participate in a virtual lesson.  All experiences aim to deepen knowledge and skills relating to curriculum aligned programs and abilities in laboratory techniques.

Professional Development

Designed to support school staff in implementing Biology, Chemistry, Australian Curriculum Science, and VET courses essential to the professional practise of teachers engaging students in STEM.


SPARQ-ed aim to engage and collaborate with all researchers at TRI who would like to get involved with the delivery of our Research Immersion program for Yrs 10-12 and inspire the next generation of scientists. 

Do you have a project that you'd like SPARQ-ed students to work on? We would love to hear from you. Please contact the SPARQ-ed team at [email protected] or drop by our office on Level 2.

Visit our website for more details on the programs we offer in biomedical education.


Head of Department: Charmaine Keal
Teacher: Jessica Malcolm
Administration and Engagement Officer: Lily White

Enquiries: + 61 7 3443 6920
Email: [email protected]


The University of Queensland
Room 2008, Level 2 Translational Research Institute
37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Qld 4102