Queensland Museum presents the World Science Festival Brisbane

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.

Adrian Schrinner

Lord Mayor of Brisbane

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.

World Science Festival explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations.

Queensland Museum Network has secured the exclusive licence to host World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific from 2016-21.

The only global extension of this hugely popular initiative, World Science Festival Brisbane reinforces Queensland Museum’s position as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and engagement.

World Science Festival Brisbane is a key pillar event of Curiocity, a major new annual event for Brisbane in March and April, where the CBD, Southbank Cultural Precinct and the creative hub around the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm will come to life with a range of curious encounters with Science, the Arts, and Technology.

  • 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.


From Dr Karl and Night of the Nerds to finding out what spooked Einstein, this year’s festival will help you discover your why.



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