World Science Festival Brisbane has been working with Griffith Film School’s LiveLab to pre-record some of our most interesting conversations.


This means you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home, you can watch whenever it suits – and if you can’t travel to us, we’ll come to you! There will be podcasts, audio tours, pre-recorded conversations and more.


Explore these free conversations below or on YouTube.

The 2021 digital program is presented with BHP Foundation

March 23, 2021 • 60 minutes

The Moon is Mine: A Hypothetical

Participants: David Flannery, Richard Garriott, Adam Gilmour, Bernie Hobbs, Joni SystmaJonathan Fulcher

The year is 2030 and space tourism is now a thriving reality. But one company is setting its sights slightly further afield with a mission to mine the Moon. But who owns the Moon? What if another company or country beats them to it? Will the investors backing the lunar prospecting strike it rich or will it fail to launch?

March 19, 2021 • 60 minutes

Disrupting Bushfires

Participants: Stephen Pyne, Hugh Possingham, Ruth LuscombeVictor Steffensen

Our panel of fire-savvy specialists look to the past, present and future for ways to survive the current ‘Pyrocene’.

How can we combine the knowledge and skills of traditional owners with cutting-edge technologies such as satellites, artificial intelligence and drones, to protect our sunburnt country?


March 19, 2021 • 60 minutes

Mind Altering Medicines

Participants: Margaret RossOlivia Carter, Paul Liknaitzky, Matthew W. JohnsonTegan Taylor

Almost 60 years after psilocybin was banned, researchers at John Hopkins University in the USA suggest that magic mushrooms can treat cancer-related psychiatric distress, depression, anxiety and addiction.

Take a trip into the world of hallucinogens as our medicinal magicians reveal insights from Australia’s first psilocybin clinical trials.

March 19, 2021 • 60 minutes

Rising Tides, Searing Heat: Indigenous Australians and the Climate Crisis

Participants: Rhianna Patrick. Tishiko King, Sasha Purcell, Bradley Moggridge

Climate change will affect our lives in so many ways, but for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders the threat is already a devastating reality.

As sea levels rise, the tides are swallowing parts of low lying island communities, submerging thousands of years of culture, history and place.

March 19, 2021 • 60 minutes

How to Change the World

Participants: Myrthe Snoeks, Ian Frazer, Bianca Lê, Amelia Telford, Corey Tutt

The world is changing. Fast. Before we know it, today’s teenagers will be shaping their own world from positions of power and possibility.

The world is changing inexorably and inextricably. In the hands of today’s youth, there is hope for tomorrow. A bright future is possible.