Since 2016, the World Science Festival teams in Brisbane and New York have joined forces to bring world-class science programs to our audiences through live conversations, debates, exhibits, demonstrations and performances.


In March each year, we’ve looked forward to welcoming WSF co-founders Brian Greene and Tracy Day, along with renowned scientists, philosophers, authors and artists from around the world, to the Festival in Brisbane.   In recent years, we’ve had to shift our teamwork online, and while we miss the in-person exchanges, the collaboration remains as strong and vibrant as ever.


For the 2021 World Science Festival Brisbane, not only did WSF New York develop three world premiere events, they also shared some of their most popular and intriguing content from past years.


We hope you enjoy these videos from the World Science Festival in New York. Binge them all and check out our You Tube channel for more fascinating programs!

March 17, 2021 • 1hr 25mins

The Mind After Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go To Sleep?

Every organism on Earth—from rats to dolphins to fruit flies to microorganisms—relies on sleep for its survival, yet science is still wrestling with a fundamental question: Why does sleep exist?

March 17, 2021 • 3hr

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”.


March 17, 2021 • 1hr 27mins

Black Holes and Holographic Worlds

Black holes are gravitational behemoths that dramatically twist space and time. Recently, they’ve also pointed researchers to a remarkable proposal—that everything we see may be akin to a hologram.

March 17, 2021 • 1hr 22mins

Multiverse: One Universe or Many?

The inflationary theory of cosmology, an enduring theory about our universe and how it was formed, explains that just after the Big Bang, the universe went through a period of rapid expansion.

March 17, 2021 • 1hr 38mins

Measure for Measure: Quantum Physics and Reality

When no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential: it can be nearly anywhere. But measure it, and the particle snaps to one position.

March 17, 2021 • 1hr 39mins

The Matter Of Antimatter: Answering The Cosmic Riddle Of Existence

The nascent universe contained equal parts matter and antimatter that should have instantly obliterated each other, turning the Big Bang into the Big Fizzle. And yet, here we are. Why?


March 17, 2021 • 1hr 27mins

Hidden Dimensions: Exploring Hyperspace

Extra dimensions of space—the idea that we are immersed in hyperspace—may be key to explaining the fundamental nature of the universe.


March 17, 2021 • 1hr 40mins

Reality Since Einstein

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, leaders from multiple fields of physics discuss its essential insights and lingering questions

March 17, 2021 • 1hr 35mins

Quantum Biology: The Hidden Nature of Nature

Can the spooky world of quantum physics explain bird navigation, photosynthesis and even our delicate sense of smell?

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