Welcome to the 2019 Festival


Welcome to the fourth World Science Festival Brisbane, one of the world’s most engaging, exciting and educational science events.

The Queensland Government is immensely proud to see the return of this landmark event which connects Queenslanders to the wonder of science and opens opportunities for Queenslanders to engage with some of the world’s leading scientists. Since 2016, World Science Festival Brisbane has enthralled audiences, attracting over 500,000 visitors and injecting $21 million into the state’s economy.

This year, Queensland can expect another fantastic celebration of science where visitors young and old can meet the champions of science and explore the dynamic connection between science and our everyday world. The 2019 festival offers thought-provoking conversation and signature
events, brave new ideas and stimulating debate on some of the biggest challenges confronting humankind in the face of the planet’s increasing population and escalating climate change.

Once again, the festival will also take place in Gladstone, Townsville, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Chinchilla bringing opportunities to drive investment
in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Queensland Government supports World Science Festival Brisbane through Tourism and Events Queensland and Arts Queensland, alongside Queensland Museum Network and the many festival partners in academia and industry.

This year, the festival will take place as a pillar program in Curiocity Brisbane as the program embarks on its inaugural year. Over three weeks, Brisbane will come to life with Curiocities throughout the city and from 20-24 March it will light up red, as the World Science Festival
Brisbane takes centre stage.

Embrace the festival in 2019 as we once again bring science out of the labs to communities across the state.

The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Premier and Minister for Trade

The Hon Leeanne Enoch MP
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts

The Hon Kate Jones MP
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games



Welcome to World Science Festival Brisbane 2019.

For more than 200,000 visitors across Queensland, March means science; a month when the  world turns to Brisbane and regional centres, as they transform into hubs of science and innovation.

World Science Festival Brisbane has fast become the Asia-Pacific destination for exploring and celebrating the entanglement of science and art through a program of inspiring experiences and engaging workshops. From 20-24 March 2019, the festival in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Centre, brings together worldleading scientists and performers from across the globe to explore ideas and debate the challenges confronting humankind.

Regional centres across Queensland will light up as festival programming presents challenging questions and new frontiers to audiences in Ipswich, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Gladstone and Townsville.

We’re thrilled to present an unparalleled line-up of speakers including astrophysicist Brian Greene on our future on Mars; Hugh Possingham discussing the future of Australia’s wildlife under threat; and Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Division leading the conversation on the future of our frozen continent.

We will hear from Australian-born NASA astronaut Andrew Thomas; conservationist Tim Flannery; NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle; pioneer of science Professor Adele Green; and we encourage families and children to discover the fun in science with national icon Dr Karl. Audiences can also explore the endeavour of human achievement with NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition at Queensland Museum until October 2019.

As you explore the festival you will no doubt see and hear extraordinary science presented in collaboration with, and supported by, Queensland Government and our committed partners. Without this support we would be unable to bring you this unmissable event. Thank you.
Programming of this calibre enables Queensland Museum Network to be a conversation-leader, inspiring the next generation of creators and innovators. I encourage you to attend the performances and discussions, and uncover the brave new ideas at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane.

Dr Jim Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Museum Network



Welcome to Brisbane. As Australia’s New World City, Brisbane is proud to host the only global extension of the World Science Festival outside of New York.

Now in its fourth year, the continued success of this popular event affirms Brisbane as an innovative city with strengths in science, technology and the arts. I’m delighted that this year the World Science Festival Brisbane will form part of Curiocity Brisbane – a new three-week event which invites
people to explore, create and play in our safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city.

Enjoy World Science Festival Brisbane and all that our city has to offer including cultural and outdoor attractions, diverse dining, world-class
accommodation and shopping.

Graham Quirk
Lord Mayor of Brisbane