THINGS TO DO: World Science Festival Brisbane

11 March 2018

From 21 – 25 March Brisbane will come alive for five days and four nights with an epic program of science and art when the third annual World Science Festival Brisbane returns!

Hosted by Queensland Museum, the festival will bring science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums and performing arts venues of Brisbane.

The 2018 festival will focus on ‘humanity’ as scientists from across the globe delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is working to ensure we live better for longer.

Some of the biggest international names in science will be accompanied by a strong list of home-grown talent at what has become Brisbane’s premier platform for showcasing a compelling program of events.

The festival’s regional program in 2018 will again provide Queensland communities the opportunity to get involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane, and there’s stacks on offer for kids and families!

Street Science!

The cultural forecourt at South Bank Parklands will turn into a science playground with dozens of FREE immersive and family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy.

Take part in hands-on activities and explore the science behind robots, fossils, bubbles, slime, spiders, solar energy, drones, augmented reality, experiments and even explosions!

Kick back and relax at The Osmosis Stage where you can enjoy a stellar line-up of amazing musicians, mad scientists and science surprises guaranteed to inspire and delight the young and the young at heart.

Grab a drink and join in the experiments at the Festival Lab where you can discover the wonders of science through casual conversations and live events.

Street Science! is presented in conjunction with BHP Billiton Foundation.


24-25 March 10am-4pm

Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

Cost: Free

A Night At The Museum

As part of World Science Festival Brisbane, little ones will get the chance to explore the Queensland Museum, including Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives after hours. This night-time learning adventure will be one to remember. Kids will get hands-on with whacky science experiments, join in live music sing-a-longs, boogie down at the Museum disco; plus heaps more.


24 March, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Queensland Museum

Cost: Adults $21, Children (3-15) $15, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $60

Stargazing: Brisbane

Do you ever wonder about the stars twinkling above you? Come along for a night under the stars. This is the perfect opportunity to switch off and explore the natural luminosity of Brisbane’s beautiful night sky. Telescopes will be provided for you to explore and identify the stars to unlock the secrets of our observable universe.


24 March, 6pm-9pm

Cultural Forecourt South Bank Parklands

Cost: Free

The Hatchery

The annual hatching of turtles at World Science Festival Brisbane is one of our most popular activities, providing a rare opportunity to experience nature’s miracle up close and personal. Designed in collaboration with internationally renowned Herpetologist Colin Limpus, this extraordinary conservation initiative follows the initial stages of life, from incubation to hatching live at the Festival. About 80 tiny Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings will get their first taste of life on the outside at the World Science Festival Brisbane in March. 


Level 2, Queensland Museum The Hatchery is open daily from: 

9:30am to 12:00pm (Free ticketed entry – SOLD OUT) 

12:30pm to 5:00pm (Free entry – no tickets required).

Pioneers in Science

For the older kids, the Pioneers in Science program gives high school students rare access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists.
Special guests this year are:

Professor Fiona Wood: Plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction, Professor Wood co-pioneered the world’s first ‘spray on skin’. She is Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia and a consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.


Recommended for Years 10-12

Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

22 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: $10

Alan Mackay-Sim: International expert on the human sense of smell. Mackay-Sim was a pioneer in the discovery and use of adult stem cells from the nose for medical applications including spinal cord injury and understanding brain diseases. 


Recommended for Years 10-12

Queensland Museum Theatre

23 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: $10

Dr Karl

Australia’s favourite science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be returning for ‘Extreme Moments in Science’, where he will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the ‘badlands’ of science where you’ll discover the answers to questions you never knew existed.


Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

24 March, 8pm-9.30pm

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $10 and Student $10.


The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich

22 March, 6.30pm-8pm

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $10 and Student $10.


Concert Hall, QPAC

24 March, 11.30am-12.30pm

Cost: Adult $10, Concession $5 and Student $5.


Festival Lab, South Bank

25 MARCH, 8am-9am

Cost: Adult $20, Concession $15 and Student $15.


For the first time in Australia, internationally renowned mathemagician Arthur Benjamin will take audiences on a mind-bending journey through the infinite world of mathematics in this highly entertaining, fun and interactive presentation for all ages.

Exclusive to World Science Festival Brisbane, Mathemagics will showcase Dr Benjamin’s extraordinary mathematical knowledge and extreme mental agility, before revealing the secrets of combinatorics and rapid-fire calculation for everyone to learn. Mathemagics offers a rare glimpse inside a remarkable mind and highlights the boundless power of the human brain.


Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

23 March 11.30am-12.30pm

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $10, Student $10

Evening Show:

The Edge, State Library of Queensland

23 March, 7pm-8pm

Cost: Adult $15, Concession $10, Student $10

For the love of Maths: More than just Numbers

From musical composition, social media algorithms and architecture to global economics, smart phone technology and space travel, mathematics is omnipresent and essential.

In this inspiring salon for the next generation of mathematicians, a distinguished panel of math-ambassadors will highlight how the power of maths is embedded in every element of our daily lives.


Recommended for Years 9-12

Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University 22 March, 11.30am-12.30pm

Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25 and Student $10.

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