WSF Brisbane

The Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific, reinforcing Australia’s position as a knowledge economy and igniting new and challenging discussions in and about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane was held in 2016.  It included a flagship event in Brisbane (9-13 March) and regional events in Chinchilla (12-13 February) and Townsville (19-20 February).

Highlights included:

  • 120,367 attendances – double what was anticipated
  • 247 participants and exhibitors from 10 countries  including Emmy Award winning actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame, World Science Festival co-founder Brian Greene, Laureate Fellow Brian Schmidt and ‘her deepness’ Sylvia Earle
  • 124 performances of 90 individual events, including 66 sell-outs
  • 1,439 media stories, reaching a cumulative audience of 28,641,975
  • 35,420 event-related visitor nights, injecting more than $5 million into the Queensland economy via direct and incremental spending

World Science Festival Brisbane returned in 2017 with a flagship event in Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017 and regional events in Gladstone (3-4 March), Toowoomba (17 March) and Chinchilla (31 March -1 April).

  • About World Science Festival New York

    The World Science Festival began in New York in 2008 and is an annual weeklong celebration and exploration of science. Through gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City.

    The World Science Festival brings together great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that presents the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience. Hailed a “new cultural institution” by the New York Times, the Festival has featured scientific and cultural luminaries including Stephen Hawking, Maggie Gyllenhaal, E.O. Wilson, John Lithgow, Sir Paul Nurse, Glenn Close, Harold Varmus, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Weinberg, Philip Glass, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Chuck Close, Richard Leakey, Bobby McFerrin, Sylvia Earle, Anna Deavere Smith, Oliver Sacks, Liev Schreiber, Mary-Claire King, Charlie Kaufman, Bill T. Jones, John Hockenberry, Elizabeth Vargas among many others. The annual Festivals have collectively drawn more than 1.6 million visitors since 2008, and millions more have viewed the programs online.

    World Science U is the Foundation’s online education arm where students and lifelong learners can dive more deeply through artfully produced digital education content presented by world-renowned scientists.

    The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.


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