World Science Festival 2021 Arrives In Queensland

March 23, 2021


Now in its sixth year I am excited to announce the World Science Festival 2021 theme ‘Extremes and Adaptations’ is here to celebrate the entanglement of science and art, and kicks off in Brisbane 24-28 March 2021, prior to its regional Queensland tour. It is taking science to the extreme bursting with a much-needed message of hope, wisdom and wonder and of human resilience.

Hosted by Queensland Museum they reinforce their position as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for education and engagement.

The program has an abundance of incredible thought-provoking conversations, inspirational theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging conversations, where does one begin! 

All information is accessible online and tickets are now on sale, although there are a number of free events including online live streams

During the festival, Curiocity Brisbane returns for a celebration of science, art and technology debuting a series of Curious Conversations about our future hosted by Master of Curious Conversations Benjamin Law. There will also be a number of Curiocities (interactive installations) in public places throughout the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, South Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and the Brisbane CBD, inviting visitors to explore and engage with a range of digital and physical attractions drawn from science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

Some highlights of the panels and talks available

The Pulse of the Pandemic: Join a discussion among Australia’s top experts as they examine the COVID-19 outbreak, the near misses that came before it and the likely scenarios of another pandemic. They will give us insights into the situation from a biomedical point of view and how can we avoid viral outbreaks altogether. Presented with Academic Partner the University of Queensland.

Why Trust a Scientist? In an age when fake news and misinformation can go viral, there is probably no better time to ask why should we trust scientists? Do doctors know what’s best for us? Should we take climate experts for their word? To find out the answer join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and a panel of experts for this timely and provocative discussion on how the world we live in today has been largely shaped by science and why humans are so sceptical about advances in medicine and technology.

Hunting the Cosmic Dawn: Join a constellation of astrophysicists and their celestially inclined counterparts as they shine new light into the cosmos to determine what the first stars looked like, the nature of dark energy and the future of the universe. Presented with Academic Partner the University of Queensland. 

Cities 2060: By 2060 Australia’s population will have reached 40,000,000. Two-thirds of us will live in one of the four largest cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. What can be done to keep cities sprawling outwards? How can technology be used to create a better place to live? And will the COVID pandemic leave a lasting impression on our future city blueprints? Presented with Academic Partner Griffith University.

Running the Planet Without Costing the Earth: Energy experts will explore the path to a sustainable future and reveal some of the ground-breaking solutions that just might save our planet in Running the Planet Without Costing the Earth. Presented with Academic Partner QUT.

Returning again this year

The Turtle Hatchery: World Science Festival Brisbane’s most popular events returns to Queensland Museum. Visitors will once again have the opportunity to view baby Loggerhead Turtles hatching from eggs that are incubated onsite and timed to emerge during the Festival. Plus, you can tune into 24-hour live stream of turtles hatching.

City of Science: For the first time City of Science will stretch beyond Queensland’s Cultural Precinct taking science out of the lab and onto the streets of Brisbane and all the way to Mt Coot-tha from Wednesday 24–Sunday 28 March. Visitors will see cool scientists doing crazy experiments in the Queen Street Mall, learn about chemistry, space, biology, weather, animals, technology and more and connect online with new digital programs, podcasts and audio tours. Plus, get ready to unleash your ‘disruptive’ tech geek in a mind-boggling, hands-on deep dive into artificial intelligence, robotics and extended reality

There is so much more to World Science Festival 2021. If you pop into The Nucleus you are guaranteed lots of laughs, variety shows, trivia, comedy and yes it’s all about science stuff. 

I can’t wait to check in on social media @SheSocietyAU #SheSociety when I attempt to attend my rapidly growing list of events. 

2021 Regional Program World Science Festival Queensland:

Townsville 7 –8 May 18 September –4 October (School holiday program) 

Chinchilla 6 and 7 June

Gladstone 29 and 30 August 10 and 11 October26 June–11 July (School holiday program)

Toowoomba 10 and 11 October26 June–11 July (School holiday program)

Ipswich7 and 8 November 18 September-4 October (School holiday program) 

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