The festival within the festival: Your guide to WSFB’s newest night-time program!

Written By
Aimee Feldman

Are you a science lover searching for a night that’s a little bit of science, a little bit of sexy, a pinch of weird and a whole lot of fun?

Good news! You’re in the right place because WSFB’s newest night-time event, Social Science, ticks all those boxes. Running over two nights on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March, tickets are available for individual nights, or a weekend pass! (We can guarantee you that one night won’t be enough though).

To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together an itinerary that covers the must-see events and activities happening throughout the night.

Grab your thinking caps, friends, and a cocktail, and get ready for a night of music, discovery, and science!


Friday 24 March

5:30pm – 6.30pm:

  • Be greeted in the museum foyer by music from DJ Spock and make yourself comfortable.
  • Head deeper into Level 2 of the museum and take yourself into a 3D world with elements of First Nations culture in Virtual Meanjin.
  • Go to the Level 2 Theatrette to be guided on a seriously scientific (and relaxing) journey with the Science of Meditation.

6.30pm – 7.45pm:

  • Be part of the live audience for a special recording of ABC Science’s Ockham’s Razor.
  • Grab a bite to eat and listen to the funk-heavy haze of electro-pop, coated in sugary synth textures and dazzling disco elements with Kalopsia.

7.45pm – 9.30pm:

  • Let’s talk about sex! Investigate the Science of Sex and all things passion with scientist Joel Gilmore.
  • Watch the stellar line up of fantastic science types at The Pitch challenge, including Science & Songwriting with Paul Dempsey and Which atoms in you are made of stars? With quantum physicist Dr Chris Ferrie.

9.30pm – 11pm:

  • Take home a piece of the festival that reflects you as Leonie Rhodes helps you Sculpt Your Own Avatar at the Anzac Legacy Gallery on Level 1.
  • Finish night 1 off having a drink some dinosaurs at the pop-up bar in the Dinosaur Garden on Level 0.

**Don’t forget to check out your favourite short films at CINÉMA SCIENTIFIQUE, from 7pm – 9pm.**


Saturday 25 March

5.30pm – 6:30pm

  • Start you night off watching Deb Mostert bring Queensland Museum’s collection to life with Wild Sketch.
  • Take a lie detector test with a room full of strangers with Counterpilot’s TRUTHMACHINE.
    • Don’t forget to secure your spot in the main foyer as there are only 12 spots per session!

6.30pm – 8pm

  • Have all your questions (about the human body) answered with Ask me anything (about the human body).
  • Refuel at Café Muse and listen to Saint Barae blend together indie pop with tender lyricism and a slick 90’s punk aesthetic.
  • See why books are the ultimate form of science communication with Amanda Neihaus and fellow authors at Science Write Now.

8pm – 9.30pm

  • Hear Madame Lark’s affectionate nod to the chatter and warbling’s of Australia’s air dwellers with her own interpretations of bird-calls while surrounded by the Wild State exhibition on Level 4.
  • Catch a rare glimpse of Australia’s precious loggerhead turtles hatching in their incubation chambers at The Hatchery!
  • Our digital future poses many questions, listen to some experts talk about some of them in What Good is the Metaverse?

9.30pm – 11pm


Of course, this is just one suggested itinerary and with so much to do, the opportunities are (almost) endless.

Be sure to secure your tickets and plan your nights, and in the meantime, browse all of World Science Festival Brisbane 2023 events.

Written By
Aimee Feldman


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