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We encourage visitors to indulge in the diverse and rich offerings of entertaining and informative shows and engaging conversations with scientific visionaries, along with a range of immersive creative experiences presented through the inclusion of Curiocity Brisbane.

The Queensland Government has committed a further $9 million for the World Science Festivals from 2022–2024, and it is encouraging to see this popular festival continue to grow and present creative solutions for our planet’s present and future challenges.

Since its introduction in 2016, World Science Festival Brisbane has brought the thrill of science to more than 800,000 visitors across Brisbane, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Townsville and Mackay, and generated more than $36 million in economic return to the state.

From 9 March 2022, World Science Festival Brisbane and Curiocity Brisbane will once again boost the state’s economic recovery, as it showcases the connection of arts and science.

This year’s bold, contemporary program of more than 130 events will have almost 50 free shows including the much-loved turtle conservation experience, The Hatchery.

The 2022 program will explore the science behind solving some of our greatest medical and environmental issues, look back to the discoveries of Australia’s first scientists and explore the vast expanse of space and beyond.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2022 delivers on the priorities of Creative Together 2020–2030, the Queensland Government’s 10-year roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland by activating local places and digital spaces, driving social change and strengthening Queensland communities.

The Queensland Government supports Queensland Museum Network to present World Science Festival Brisbane and World Science Festival Queensland regional program through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, alongside the many valued Festival partners.

We invite you to fuel your mind and enjoy the informative, inspiring, playful and creative experiences at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane 2022.

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Premier and Minister for the Olympics

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP
Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts

The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP
Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement

 

Get ready for five exciting days that will see Brisbane’s cultural heart transform into a hub of delight and awe, where some of the world’s leading scientific and creative minds will explore the brave new ideas helping to shape the world of tomorrow.

Presented by Queensland Museum Network, the 2022 World Science Festival Brisbane and broader World Science Festival Queensland will deliver an inspiring program featuring some of the world’s greatest scientific and artistic innovators.

From 9–13 March, Brisbane will ignite with conversations that run the gamut from achieving a net zero future, embracing traditional science and understanding new medicine, to the expansion of the universe and the possibility of unlocking the mythical fountain of youth. Alongside these insightful discussions, Festival favourites will return to delight visitors of all ages including The Turtle Hatchery, City of Science, and the Festival’s centre of scientific excitement, The Nucleus.

For the first time this year, Curiocity Brisbane will be a key pillar of the World Science Festival Brisbane program, with public art installations bringing a creative synergy to the conversations, events and workshops spread throughout Brisbane’s cultural precinct.

Once again, the Festival will hit the road and expand beyond Brisbane, with World Science Festival Queensland bringing the wonder of science to regions in Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville and Ipswich.

Queensland Museum Network is proud to inspire our next generation of scientists, innovators and creative thinkers. This would not be possible without the continued support of the Queensland Government and our generous partners. Importantly, the Festival would not thrive without the drive and determination of the World Science Festival Brisbane team, our dedicated staff across Queensland Museum Network and our friends and colleagues at World Science Festival in New York. It is an honour and a privilege to work collectively to deliver this important program, and I thank you for your support.

Now, I invite you all to enjoy the diverse offering of remarkable conversations, inspiring shows, exciting workshops and interactive creative experiences that make up World Science Festival Brisbane 2022.

Dr Jim Thompson PSM
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Museum Network

 

As an Asia Pacific hub for science and innovation, our city is proud to support the World Science Festival Brisbane for a seventh 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.

Brisbane will transform into the City of Science with interactive art and science installations, engaging conversations with leading scientists and experts, and a curated program of free and ticketed events.

A popular fixture on Brisbane’s annual events calendar, residents and visitors are invited to explore the possibilities and mysteries of our existence in fun and inspiring ways.

Our city’s relaxed and welcoming vibe and clear blue skies makes for 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, from the thriving dining, retail and lifestyle precincts to the wonderful tourism experiences showcasing the city’s natural beauty.

Adrian Schrinner
Lord Mayor of Brisbane

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