Plant Growth Facility Project

The Plant Growth Facility will provide researchers with the opportunity to enhance their capability and capacity in plant growth, forming part of the broader strategic investment in plant science at UQ.  

UQ’s Plant Growth Facility aims to provide the capability to mimic hot and dry conditions and hot and humid conditions not found in research institutions in Australia and worldwide. The new facility will enable UQ’s Plant Scientists to better predict the response to pressures of climate change, pests, and diseases, diminishing land and water resources in a controlled environment and will be the catalyst for redefining agriculture, as we know it.  

The facility will operate under a new UQ Plant Growth Central Research and Innovation Platform (CRIP) with Dr. Erik Van Oosterom as Academic Lead. 


The Plant Growth Facility was approved by Senate in June 2021. Site clearing and demolition is planned for the holiday period of 2021/2022. Construction of the facility is due to start in early 2022. 

Program team
UQ Role Contact
Provost (Executive Sponsor) Professor Aidan Byrne
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research Infrastructure (Business Owner) Professor Joe Shapter
Associate Director, Senior Program Management, Strategic Program Office Holly Petersen
Senior Construction Project Manager, Property & Facilities Melita Nadin
Project Manager, Property & Facilities Emmanuel Vasiliou
Change Lead, Strategic Program Office Mia Grogan-Burrell
Change & Engagement, Strategic Program Office Lauren Waka
Senior Program Coordinator, Strategic Program Office Isobel Wilson
Project Administration, Strategic Program Office Tania Fortune


For Plant Growth Central Research and Innovation Platform (CRIP) enquiries, email the team on:

For Science Precinct Program enquiries, email the team on: