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.


Our leading program consists of a 5-day program experience, providing students in Years 10-12 an opportunity to conduct an experimental project in our PC2 laboratory collaborating with one of TRI’s world ranked biomedical research groups .
Schools can book a 2 hour Incursion workshop or a full day Excursion workshop experience. All experiences have been designed to complement the implementation of ACARA Science and QCAA Biology and Chemistry subjects.
Workshops 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 willl be closed for the School Holidays from 11 December 2021 to 23 January 2022. We will reopen Term 1 on 24 January 2022. 

Applications for the 2022 Research Immersion program are now open!  See Research Immersion for more information, how to apply and closing dates.

Bookings for 2022 SPARQ-ed workshop experiences are now open! See Workshops for topics and how to book your school experience.  

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

Enquiries: + 61 7 3443 6920

SPARQ-ed Team

Postal address

Rm 2008, Level 2 Translational Research Institute
37 Kent Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Qld 4102

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