OUR VISION

BQI seeks to enhance Australian society through education, outreach and cutting edge academic research

With an internationally recognised advisory board of eminent scientists and business leaders, BQI is committed to collaborating with the world’s brightest minds and thought leaders across various scientific disciplines, to think differently about the Big Questions of Science.

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Roger Bacon (1292)

“To ask the proper question is
half of knowing”

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New Physics
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Origins of Life
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Science of Consciousness

Are constants constant?

What is dark energy and dark matter?

Can quantum physics and relativity be unified?

Is the Universe infinite?

What is life?

How did life begin?

Is there life on Mars?

Are we alone in the universe?

What is consciousness?

Is a scientific theory of consciousness plausible?

Will machines become conscious?













Fellows

BQI Fellowships are designed to support fundamental research at the boundaries of human knowledge. The Fellowships fund early and mid-career researchers to develop lines of inquiry that aim to reveal as-yet-undiscovered theories about the physical universe, the origins of life and the science of consciousness. The focus is on research addressing the Big Questions, such as “What is dark energy and dark matter?”, “How did life begin?”, “Is there life on Mars?”, “What is consciousness”, “Will machines become sentient?”

Publications

BQI researchers submit peer reviewed research in their own right, and also as part of its Fellowship program.

BQI authored papers include:

Do the constants of nature couple to strong gravitational fields?

BQI funded papers include:

Modelling Cosmic Radiation Events in the Tree-ring Radiocarbon Record

Education

BQI periodically produces educational resources to support learning about the Big Questions. A seven week “Science of Consciousness Course” is currently under development.









SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
DARREN DOUGAN
PROF. PAUL DAVIES
PROF. TAMARA DAVIS
PROF. JOHN MATTICK
DR GRAHAM PHILLIPS
PROF. HUW PRICE
PROF. DEAN RICKLES
DR MITCH SCHULTE
PROF. MARTIN VAN KRANENDONK
PROF. JOHN WEBB
DARREN DOUGAN
Director
PROF. PAUL DAVIES
Arizona State University
PROF. TAMARA DAVIS
University of Queensland
PROF. JOHN MATTICK
UNSW Sydney
DR GRAHAM PHILLIPS
University of Melbourne
PROF. HUW PRICE
University of Cambridge
PROF. DEAN RICKLES
University of Sydney
DR MITCH SCHULTE
NASA Planetary Science Division
PROF. MARTIN VAN KRANENDONK
UNSW Sydney
PROF. JOHN WEBB
Clare Hall, Cambridge
Former Board Members
PROF. JOHN BARROW
University of Cambridge
PROF. STEPHEN HAWKING
University of Cambridge