SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) has been delivering world-class science education programs since 2009. Launched by TRI CEO and Director of Research, Prof Ian Frazer, the program aims to actively inspire young Queenslanders to pursue careers in the sciences.

SPARQ-ed gives students a unique and practical introduction to biomedical research, mentored jointly by their science teachers and leading research staff.

Supported by The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI), Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment and the Lions Medical Research Foundation, SPARQ-ed offers three educational programs that are each designed to ignite the interest of aspiring biomedical scientists:

Research Immersion Programs 

This week-long program allows students to conduct an experimental project in conjunction with one of TRI’s world ranked biomedical research groups, giving students and teachers the opportunity to produce work that can contribute to scientific discoveries. Students work as ‘in-house’ scientists for the week and attend scientific seminars and develop skills in online research and science communication in addition to their experimental program.

Cell and Molecular Biology Workshops 

These half to full-day workshops are designed to complement Queensland curriculum and introduce students and their teachers to the basic techniques used in cell and molecular biology laboratories, such as DNA electrophoresis, PCR, genetic modification and tissue culture.

Teacher Development Programs 

Designed to support teachers in implementing Biology, Chemistry, Year 7-10 Science and VET courses. 

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Contact SPARQ-ed Staff

Head of Department Teachers:    Charmaine Keal
                                                             Jessica Malcolm 
The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
Level 7 | Translational Research Institute
37 Kent St | Woolloongabba QLD 4102

T: +61 (0)7 3443 6920 
E: [email protected]