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).
- 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).