SPARQ-ed | Students Performing Advanced Research QLD

SPARQ-ed (pronounced spark ed) is a unique educational facility established in collaboration between the Department of Education and The University of Queensland. Our cutting edge facility features a fully equipped PC2 biomedical teaching laboratory and learning centre, located at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, providing school students a 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.


A 5-day program that allows students in Years 10 -12 an opportunity to conduct an experimental project in conjunction with one of TRI’s world ranked biomedical research groups.
Schools can book a SPARQ-ed Incursion or Excursion workshop experience for students, or participate in a virtual lesson. All experiences aim to deepen knowledge and skills relating to curriculum aligned programs.
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.

Latest news

SPARQ-ed Research Immersion Program - Semester 2 (Expression of Interest now closed)

Science Technician Professional Development workshop - 30 July 2021 (Session 2  full)

Meet Dr Mathew Jones, Research Fellow at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

UQmedicine magazine is out now:

Media flash 

2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize:



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SPARQ-ed is located on Level 2 of the Translational Research Institute, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, Woolloongabba.

Enquiries: + 61 7 3443 6920

SPARQ-ed Team

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

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