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World Science Festival | Brisbane

22 March - 26 March

World Science Festival Brisbane

Running 22-26 March 2023 and presented by Queensland Museum Network, World Science Festival Brisbane will make a triumphant return with more than 130 events and activities on offer that will inspire, delight and entertain.

World Science Festival Brisbane will unlock the mysteries of ancient medical practices and the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth; launch into the wonders of space and the great unknown beyond our solar system and dive into the science of the First Australians and how it can influence our future.

Returning to Australia for the first time since 2019, World Science Festival co-founder and renowned physicist Professor Brian Greene will headline four key conversations including The Golden Age of Space Exploration on opening night, Memory: The Hidden Pathways That Make Us Human, Rewriting the Story of Humankind and The Unfolding Cosmos: Revelations from the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Planetarium will take a dive into the Great Barrier Reef with a showing of CORAL: Rekindling Venus from award-winning filmmaker Lynette Wallworth. Following sold-out shows in 2022, Night of the Nerds will return with quizmaster Mark Humphries alongside team captains comedian Dan Ilic and science communicator extraordinaire Angharad Yeo vying for victory. 

Also returning will be the popular Lunchtime Labs in Queen Street Mall and City of Science – a pop-up extravaganza of hands-on activities, demonstrations and STEM stations right around Brisbane. At the heart of the festival, Queensland Museum will be transformed into a hub of live music, shows, comedy and science with a new event Social Science on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March.

Crowd-favourite, The Hatchery, will return with visitors able to capture a rare glimpse of baby loggerhead turtles hatching in their incubation chambers, with tickets to this free event expected to sell out quickly.

Curiocity Brisbane returns

Curiocity Brisbane will once again run as a key pillar of World Science Festival Brisbane from 22 March – 2 April, showcasing 14 inspirational artworks across South Bank. This includes Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey’s PIVOT, a field of semi-intelligent seesaws that talk, sing, and create conversations; Simone Eisler’s seven metre tall The Climate Wars; Indigenous artist Jennifer Herd’s large scale vinyl image Amplify/Defy; while Hochschuh & Donovan’s Cybernetic Intimacy investigates interspecies communications.

Tickets for World Science Festival Brisbane are now on sale and the full program is available to view online:  www.worldsciencefestival.com.au


22 March
26 March
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Queensland Museum