Uncover the wacky and wonderful mysteries of the universe at the World Science Festival
Whether or not you’re really interested in it, we can all agree that science is dope. There are so many facets of modern life that we owe to science that listing them would be a waste of time, so let’s just acknowledge that it’s the closest thing we have to magic and be done with it. Forget your days of sitting in a stuffy classroom trying to memorise the periodic table of elements – the World Science Festival returns to the South Bank Cultural Precinct from March 22–26 to uncover the coolest, craziest and most fascinating aspects of this discipline that is responsible for so much of what’s good about the world.
Since its inception in New York in 2008 by world-renowned physicist Brian Greene and award-winning journalist Tracy Day, the World Science Festival has made its way to Australia as a Queensland Museum exclusive event. This celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths brings some of the world’s top brains into our backyard, with their knowledge distributed over more than 200 events. From Queensland firsts like the live presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey to pearls of water wisdom from Peter Spinks in his Water Talks series, many facets of the world are given a look at through a scientific lens.
Amongst the workshops, discussions, walk-throughs and panels, there are a few events that are billed as must-sees. You can learn about the burgeoning global privacy crisis at Staying Connected, get a next-gen perspective on the challenges facing our planet at The Future is in Good Hands and get on board with renewables at On or Off the Grid. For those interested in how art and science work together, When Science Meets Art and Degas Revealed provide some serious insight into the magic that happens when these two worlds collide.
To check out the full scope of what’s on offer over the course of the World Science Festival, head to the official website.