Building an inclusive, low carbon and equitable hospitality sector  

An Australia-first initiative, CaféLab brings researchers across RMIT, from STEM and HASS, together with industry and policy actors, with the shared SDG goals of building an inclusive, low carbon and equitable hospitality sector. This publicly facing industry/research hub and circular economy café is located on Smith St in Collingwood in a world-renowned café precinct. The two-storey building has been generously donated to RMIT by philanthropist Dr Terry Wu, who will be funding the building’s low carbon fit-out. CaféLab offers a venue for researchers, industry, and other stakeholders to experiment with and demonstrate social, circular and sustainability-oriented innovations for small to medium-sized enterprises. A highly visible, public site, CaféLab will showcase EIP-led research in sustainable engineering, health, design, technologies, architecture, creative practice and digital solutions. 


CafeLab Funding Success

August 10, 2022

Tania Lewis, Martyn Hook and the CafeLab team, including chef-activist Helen Addison-Smith, have won nearly 50K from the ECP Strategic Capability Deployment fund. Based on Smith St in Collingwood, the project is an RMIT Living Lab for creative experiments in zero waste, zero hunger food futures. Currently under development, this mixed use space will host...