Thinkers, dreamers and storytellers at World Science Festival

Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch, artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski and Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson with ADA at the World Science Festival Brisbane.

  • World Science Festival Brisbane 2024 has launched, featuring a fascinating program of hands-on science experiences, exhibitions, talks and events over 10 days.
  • Delivered by the Queensland Museum, World Science Festival is the only event of its kind outside of New York.
  • The festival is tipped to deliver $1.4 million for the visitor economy.

Audio from Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch and images are here:

The World Science Festival Brisbane has kicked off for 2024 and will delight and fascinate audiences of all ages with a unique mix of hands-on science, art and culture.

This year’s theme For Thinkers and Dreamers embraces exploration and creativity with an impressive line-up of science stars sharing their passion for science and innovation, plus interactive art and cultural installations.

World Science Festival Brisbane features the Australian premiere of large-scale sculpture, ADA, by international artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski and the stunning Ghost Nets of Pormpuraaw, celebrating cultural practice and creativity by eight Pormpuraaw artists.

Renowned physicist Professor Brian Greene, Australia’s favourite science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and the War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel explore modern day challenges from climate, sustainable food production and artificial intelligence to the mysteries of deep space and our oceans.

The Miles Government is investing $9 million over the next three years to secure the World Science Festival Brisbane – the only event of its kind outside of New York City – until 2027.

World Science Festival Brisbane is predicted to deliver $1.4 million for the visitor economy with the festival’s regional program traveling to Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Ipswich, Townsville and Gladstone.

Quotes attributable to Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch:

The World Science Festival Brisbane is the only event of its kind in the southern hemisphere exploring the intersection of science, art and culture.

“This is a 10-day celebration of thinkers, dreamers and storytellers, sharing bold ideas, innovation, STEM discoveries and awe-inspiring, large-scale art works.

“Featured in this year’s program are all the hands-on science experiences audiences love while inspiring Queenslanders and interstate visitors with the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.

“The Miles Government is investing $9 million over three years in the World Science Festival, reinforcing Queensland’s reputation as a vibrant knowledge hub and cultural tourism destination in the lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Michael Healy:

“World Science Festival Brisbane is not only a boost for scientific endeavours but also a great platform to showcase Queensland as a destination.

“The World Science Festival Brisbane is expected to attract 9,000 visitors to Queensland who will inject $1.4 million in the local visitor economy, which is great for local accommodation and hospitality providers and industry workers.

“Outside of the scientific exploration of the festival, visitors can take the opportunity to discover all the amazing experiences that make Brisbane a true destination of choice for millions around the world.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson:

“Since its inception in 2016, World Science Festival Brisbane has been dedicated to fostering curiosity, inspiring discovery and igniting imaginations.

“With such a diverse range of interactive experiences, engaging presentations and thought-provoking discussions, the festival aims to make science accessible and entertaining.

“It’s a chance for people of all ages to come together and marvel at the wonders of science while discovering new perspectives on the world around us. The festival promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who attend.”

Fast Facts:

World Science Festival Brisbane runs from 15-24 March 2024.

The World Science Festival Queensland visits:

  • Toowoomba – Friday 17 May (Schools program) & Saturday 18 May 2024
  • Chinchilla – Friday 7 June (Schools program) & Saturday 8 June 2024
  • Ipswich – Friday 19 July (Schools program) & Saturday 20 July 2024
  • Townsville – Thursday 1 August (Schools program) & Friday 2 August 2024
  • Gladstone – Thursday 29 August (Schools program) & Saturday 31 August 2024

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