The Science Place is an $80 million teaching and learning facility which will promote the sciences and encourage interest in science-based careers in the wider community, collocate the JCU science community on Townsville Campus, and foster interdisciplinary interactions.

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The Science Place will house all teaching, research education, and research activity currently being conducted in the Biological Sciences and Molecular Sciences buildings (buildings 21, 22, and 23 respectively) as well as projected growth of students and staff over the decade from 2016.

The Science Place will consolidate all undergraduate teaching and research education for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and science-based subjects from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences.

The Science Place will draw all science teaching together to achieve greater retention in programs that traditionally have high attrition rates, through cohort management and other student support strategies.

The Science Place is designed as 10,000 sqm (target Gross Floor Area) of new purpose built education and research education space located over multiple storeys, in the heart of JCU’s Townsville Campus. The development will replace in excess of 9000 sqm of functionally obsolete and substandard buildings (buildings 21, 22 & 23) that will be demolished as part of the development scope.

The facilities will be integrated and designed for contemporary pedagogical delivery. The facilities will be designed and managed to optimise space efficiency. Optimal cohort sizing and timetabling underpin the design in that regard.

The Science Place facilities will comprise of:

  • teaching spaces with sophisticated audio-visual and videoconferencing facilities to allow remote teaching and outreach
  • an outreach centre with stimulating and interactive displays to promote engagement with high schools and the community
  • next-generation and collaborative lecture theatres
  • high capacity computer labs and Technology Enabled Active Learning spaces
  • flexibly configured spaces for small-group interactive teaching
  • contemporary (flexible and generic) teaching laboratories with visualisation capabilities linked to teaching equipment (e.g. microscopes) to display resources in limited supply (eg living material) with associated preparation areas and technical workspace
  • research labs specifically designed to facilitate and enhance research education
  • a student interaction area and peer-to-peer learning spaces, linked to vibrant food outlets
  • space efficient offices for academic, technical and administrative staff
  • facilities for CSIRO Education NQ
  • Energy-efficient design appropriate to the tropical environment and built to contemporary standards.

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Smoking Ceremony

A prestart Smoking Ceremony for The Science Place was held on Saturday 5 September 2015 by the Bindal People, prior to construction comencing.