Bring out the bunsen burners – World Science Festival returns for four days of experimental magic
We all know that some of the funnest time spent at school was when we donned white coats and protective glasses for experiment day in science. Well, get ready to relive that childlike wonder, as World Science Festival returns to Brisbane for five nights and four days of pure wonder. Through thought-provoking conversations, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations, you’ll discover the science behind everything from sports, dance, astrophysics and quantum mechanics. Bringing together leading scientists, educators, authors and thinkers from around the world and across Australia, World Science Festival is arriving at Queensland Museum from March 25 to 29.
Now in its fifth year, the 2020 World Science Festival program will bring science to life with nearly 100 events that both little ones and grown ups alike can enjoy. This year’s festival celebrates the wonder of ‘why’, with a program promising insightful conversations and entertaining experiences. Kicking off the festivities is Physicist Brian Greene’s new production of Einstein and the Quantum: Unravelling the Mysteries of Space and Time, retelling the story of Einstein’s discovery of the General Theory of Relativity. Australia’s favourite scientist (and everyone’s adopted uncle) Dr Karl will showcase the fun and quirky side of science in Q&A with Dr K, then will chat career opportunities in the field of science at Future Careers in Science with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Astrophysicist and author Professor Lisa Harvey- Smith will take a cosmic journey in Hunting the Cosmic Dawn, then will share her personal stories and career highlights as part of Pioneers In Science. Geek out at Dr Karl & Night of the Nerds, a night hosted by satirist Mark Humphries with Dr Karl returning to the stage, joined by Astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew, comedian Lawrence Leung and a live rock band led by ARIA award-winning musician Clare Bowditch.
The use of psychedelic drugs in modern medicine will be examined in A Psychedelic Renaissance and unravel the forces behind the laws of physics at The HOWZAT! The Science in Cricket and Science of Pointe conversations. The Hatchery allows visitors to watch baby loggerhead turtles hatch from eggs that are incubated onsite, or head outside to enjoy hands-on science demonstrations, augmented reality experiences and science shows at the City of Science. If you like your science with a side of comedy, there are plenty of after hours events to choose from at The Nucleus, including a look at the science behind love and an open mic night for creatives to share their art form and personal experiences of climate change. Our hypothesis? This festival looks to be a damn good time.
Want to get your Neil deGrasse Tyson on? To check out the full program and to buy tickets, visit the World Science Festival website.