Turn into a mad scientist at World Science Festival Brisbane 2020

Like learning about how the world works? Want to get your hands dirty making eco-art? Or maybe you just think baby turtles are really cute.

Then, you’re in luck! The program for the 2020 World Science Festival Brisbane was just released. Now in its fifth year, it will run from 25th to 29th March 2020, across multiple venues in Brisbane’s cultural precinct. With more than 95 events and a brand new City of Science attraction, this year’s festival looks bigger than ever.

Fancy getting your hands on some green slime? Yuck! See science up close at City of Science. Credit: Queensland Museum

What’s on at World Science Festival Brisbane

The City of Science is a free festival hub for families. Expect to encounter more than 50 activities stretched out from the Queensland Art Gallery to Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Participate in hands-on science demos, test out augmented reality experiences, meet marine life and more. Word on the street is that the fun will include a megafauna installation, huge choir event and stargazing workshops.

Help out science demos and watch experiments unfold before your eyes. Credit: Queensland Museum

The Osmosis Stage on Maiwar Green is another kid-friendly favourite, with free arts and science shows including a silent disco and Trinket the Robot puppet displays.

Last year, we sent Nat and her mum Sam to test out the World Science Festival Brisbane. Check out what they got up to!

The Hatchery is another big hit with families. You can watch baby loggerhead turtles hatch in incubators inside the Queensland Museum, and learn about turtle conservation. The timed sessions are free but require an online registration. You can book your Hatchery session here.

The magic and mystery of the baby turtle uncovered in The Hatchery. Credit: World Science Festival Brisbane

For teens and science superfans, the festival program includes a talk series across a variety of topics, such as the physics behind ballet or cricket. Celebrity scientist Dr Karl will uncover the humour of science in Q&A with Dr K on 27th March, and will later join presenter Mark Humphries, one-time Bachelor Dr Matt Agnew and comedian Lawrence Leung to figure out who is the biggest geek at Night of the Nerds.
Spiders – The Exhibition will be on at Queensland Museum at the same time, so stop by if you can stomach the eight-legged critters.

The festival as a whole is designed to make science accessible and interesting.

“We recognise there is a great public hunger for the ideas of science, but only if those ideas are presented in a way that captures the drama of discovery,” says Professor Brian Greene, co-founder of World Science Festival.

“When children and adults realise that science is so much more than what is in textbooks, it comes alive. It speaks to who we are: an inventive, curious and courageous species of explorers.”

If the science is starting to strain your brain, head out to meet the street performers! Credit: World Science Festival Brisbane

So check out the program for March and get exploring!

The World Science Festival Brisbane is hosted by the Queensland Museum. This year, events will also occur in Chinchilla, Gladstone, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Townsville. You can book tickets and explore events on the festival website here.


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