In February 2017 Infrastructure Australia approved the University of Tasmania’s business case - driven by Commercial Strategy - for a Science and Technology Precinct in Hobart. The Science and Technology Precinct would be built at the corner of Argyle and Melville streets, initially accommodating 3000 students and 700 staff in contemporary teaching environments and cutting-edge research facilities. This precinct would draw together the world-class science and technology disciplines of the University of Tasmania in a way that promotes multidisciplinary research, providing a foundation for the expansion of new research endeavours across the State.
In the south, STEM will be linked with the Medical Sciences, Marine Sciences, and Arts and Cultural Precincts to create new opportunity. In the north, STEM will provide a platform for expanded opportunity in defence, maritime science, wood science, agriculture, design and education.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, Professor Peter Rathjen, said the project would: