To create a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future – WSF mission


World Science Festival Brisbane

Each year the World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) paints the town red and takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and performing arts venues of Brisbane and regional Queensland!

Queensland Museum Network (QMN) holds exclusive licence to host the Festival in the Asia Pacific – the only global extension of this initiative, and WSFB has attracted over 700,000 attendances in its first five years.
WSFB reinforces Queensland Museum’s position as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and engagement.

WSFB provides QMN an opportunity to engage audiences outside the traditional education sphere, and promote a whole of life “entanglement” with STEM – delivering on the QMN mission of creating authentic and compelling experiences and stories that inspire, enrich and empower. The festival is delivered to regional Queensland throughout the calendar year under the banner of World Science Festival Queensland (WSFQ).

While COVID-19 has presented many challenges in delivering events WSFB in conjunction with the Queensland Government, our valued partners and stakeholders, industry experts and the wider STEM community is committed to ensuring WSFB is delivered to the highest standard and engages the widest audience possible. No matter what, now is the time to celebrate science!

The Festival is presented by the Queensland Museum with generous support from Our Partners.

WSFB is a key event of Curiocity Brisbane a 17-day celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. From 12 to 28 March 2021, explore a packed program of interactive installations and events located across the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank, South Brisbane’s Culture Precinct and the Brisbane CBD.

World Science Festival New York

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’, the World Science Festival – founded by renowned Physicist Professor Brian Greene and Emmy award-winning journalist Tracy Day – has been held annually in New York for more than a decade.

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.

The Festival has featured scientific and cultural luminaries including Stephen Hawking, Sylvia Earle, Anna Deavere Smith, Oliver Sacks, John Hockenberry, Elizabeth Vargas among many others. The annual Festivals have collectively drawn more than 1.3 million visitors since 2008, and millions more have viewed the programs online.

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.

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.



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