Queensland Museum is the beating heart of the festival and in 2021 we hosted talks by some of our leading researchers and scientists – they shared insights about their individual areas of expertise.

 

These talks showcase some of the unique and fascinating work which goes on within the museum, and are available for you to view for free below and via YouTube. Enjoy!

May 12, 2021 • 35mins

Ancient Sea Monsters with Espen Knutsen

While dinosaurs may have ruled the land, giant marine reptiles hunted the depths of the sea. What can their fossilised bones tell us about how they lived? How do they compare to today’s top ocean predators? Queensland Museum palaeontologist Dr Espen Knutsen takes us on a journey of discovering these monsters of the deep.

May 12, 2021 • 59mins

Capturing Queensland’s Extreme Environments – Photography with Gary Cranitch

Queensland contains some of the most revered and stunning landscapes in the world, and capturing their magic takes real skill and years of patience. Fortunately, Queensland Museum has exactly that in internationally renowned photographer Gary Cranitch, whose work appears in publications around the world.

May 12, 2021 • 59mins

Scientific Illustration with Geoff Thompson

For hundreds of years recording scientific research and discoveries didn’t change much. However, methods of recording and preserving science have accelerated rapidly in recent decades. Queensland Museum’s award-winning, scientific illustrator and deep-focus photographer Geoff Thompson as he explores the ways scientists have captured their images and work through the ages.

May 12, 2021 • 1hr 1min

Trapdoor Spiders with Michael Rix

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of trapdoor spiders and their kin – the master architects of the spider world. Join renowned arachnologist, Dr Mike Rix as he highlights cutting-edge research conducted at Queensland Museum, and provides a rare insight into the diverse characteristics and life cycles of the amazing creatures hiding behind the door.

 

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