Welcome to the fifth annual World Science Festival Brisbane.
At its heart, World Science Festival Brisbane celebrates human curiosity and a desire to understand the world around us, to challenge assumptions and to always ask why?
Now, more than ever, as we are faced with extreme global events is the time for us to stay informed, question the status quo and adapt how we live and interact with the world. We will focus on these extremes and adaptations in our conversation program in 2020.
World Science Festival Brisbane is also about delightful surprises. This year, for the first time our popular Street Science! program now called City of Science will be held across four days in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct. The new-look City of Science will meander from the River Terrace in front of the Queensland Art Gallery through Queensland Museum’s iconic Whale Mall and on to the Knowledge Walk at State Library of Queensland ending outside Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. It will offer pockets to explore, rest and gather, connect with art installations and marvel at lighting activations.
Our regional program will also expand for the communities of Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville and Ipswich, giving them opportunities to take part in an incredible line-up of science activities and events that will extend throughout the entire year.
Queensland Museum Network is proud to grow the World Science Festival Brisbane brand, but what we are even more proud of is the knowledge that we are inspiring a new generation of creators, innovators and leaders. All of this would not be possible though without the support of the Queensland Government and our generous partners—thank you.
For now, I encourage everyone to get involved, to explore, question and immerse yourself in this wonderful opportunity—there is truly so much waiting for you.
Dr Jim Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Museum Network
Welcome to the 2020 World Science Festival Brisbane
Science is the life blood of dynamic communities, innovative thinking and thriving economies. It ignites young minds, informs the world of today and sets an optimistic path to help shape our tomorrow —a vision shared by the Queensland Government in our Engaging Queenslanders in Science Strategy and delivered as part of the annual World Science Festival Brisbane.
The Queensland Government supports this landmark event, the only one produced outside of New York, as it brings people together to celebrate the wonders of science, explore ideas and debate the challenges confronting humankind.
This year we are presenting the largest regional program ever produced in the festival’s history, along with a name change. The World Science Festival Queensland— for events beyond Brisbane—will offer an extended program so communities in Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville and Ipswich can get hands-on with science.
Visitors of all ages can expect a big and bold program that will feed our curiosity and help explore the dynamic connection between science and our everyday world.
Since the first annual festival in 2016, the event has grown to become a major tourism drawcard in its own right, attracting more than 700,000 visitors injecting more than $32 million into the state’s economy. It is one of the many highlights on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $880 million to the state’s economy in 2020. It remains an exciting part of Curiocity Brisbane, a festival to celebrate creativity, innovation, science, technology and art in Queensland.
Queensland is Australia’s innovation State, which is why the Queensland Government supports the Queensland Museum Network to present the World Science Festival Brisbane through Tourism and Events Queensland and the many festival partners.
Enjoy the festival and experience the scientific wonders of the world of today and what we can expect in the future. If you are a visitor to Brisbane, take some time to explore the many unique attractions in the region and throughout Queensland.
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Kate Jones
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail
As an Asia Pacific hub for science and innovation, our city is proud to support the World Science Festival Brisbane for a fifth year.
Brisbane is one of the world’s greatest cities. Our globally acclaimed research institutions and achievements in science and technology make Brisbane the perfect destination to host the brightest minds across Australia and internationally.
The festival has grown to beat popular fixture on Brisbane’s annual events calendar, inviting residents and visitors to explore the possibilities and mysteries of our existence in fun and inspiring ways.
Clear blue skies and a relaxed and welcoming vibe make our city an inviting backdrop to explore this diverse program of events hosted across Brisbane’s cultural precinct.
Complete your festival experience by discovering all there is to see and do in Brisbane including outdoor dining, river kayaking and bridge climbing, cultural attractions, peaceful parklands and sensational shopping.
Enjoy the World Science Festival Brisbane.
Lord Mayor of Brisbane