Gladstone kicks off World Science Festival Brisbane


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The first event for the 2019 World Science Festival Brisbane blasted out of the blocks last weekend in Gladstone with thousands of attendees joining in the fun to find their inner scientist.

On Friday 1 March,  students from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Tannum Sands came to meet leading experts working in science, space, medicine and engineering, and spent time exploring the Street Science! activities.

Cool Jobs kicked off the day with a panel talk from ‘mad scientist’ Dr Rob Bell, astrophysicist Brad Tucker, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s Ashraful Haque and Shell’s QGC business engineer Marwa Al-Ansary.

High school students came prepared with intriguing and thought-provoking questions for our Pioneer in Science, Professor Adele Green from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Students learnt about Professor Green’s landmark skin cancer research, with moderator Jacquie Mackay from ABC Capricornia.

The Community Day on Saturday 2 March began with the eye-popping and entertaining show Blasting the Past with Science Steve.

Street Science! was packed with attendees exploring everything from spiders and fossils to 3D printing and holograms. Over 15 stalls took part including Queensland Museum scientists, local community groups and tech start-ups.

Attendees got to enjoy the celestial vision that was Let’s Talk Astrophotography with moderator Gary Cranitch and speaker Andrew Campbell.

The inaugural Stargazing event at Gladstone Ports Corporation Marina Parklands was cancelled due to wet weather.

World Science Festival Brisbane continues throughout March in Townsville 8-9 March, Ipswich 17-18 March, Brisbane 20-24 March, Toowoomba 22-23 March and Chinchilla 29-30 March.




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