World Science Festival Brisbane

Queensland’s internationally-renowned science celebration offers something for everyone.

Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct will come alive for five days (20–24 March) as the World Science Festival Brisbane brings together some of the greatest thought leaders, scientists and performers from around the globe.

This year visitors will be able to explore themes around life on Mars, advancing medical science, invention and the story of space through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical performances, interactive workshops, education activities and family-friendly experiences.

With so many activities on offer, where do you start?

If you’re taking the kids

Explore the Queensland museum as the sun goes down at Night at the Museum. Visit new exhibits NASA – A Human Adventure, SparkLab and the recently refurbished Discovery Centre plus live music, demonstrations, performances and hands-on activities.

Kids can bring out their inner-artist to help create a giant underwater-themed chalk mural at the museum’s Whale Mall.

If you like animals

Catch a glimpse of turtles hatching in their incubation chambers and watch them enter seawater for the first time at The Hatchery Turtle Conservation Experience.

If you’re not afraid of spiders, join world renowned arachnologist Robert Raven for rare insights in to the lives of arachnids at Let’s Talk: Tarantulas.

The Hatchery - Turtle Conservation 2016

If you like space

Join World Science Festival co-founder Brian Greene and NASA astronauts to explore the technological, physiological, and psychological challenges of sending humans to Mars.

Discover the history of rocket science and space flight at NASA – A Human Adventure, the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world.

NASA - A Human Adventure - Norrkping - 40543 - 20150520

If you’re interested in a career in science

Learn what it takes to work in the science industry with Cool Jobs, an interactive panel featuring Australian science professionals including a science educator, medical researcher, museum curator and veterinary pathologist. 

High school students can grill university students about completing high school science and what courses to study science at university at the National Youth Science Forum.

If you prefer art

Explore the cosmos through Time and the Creative Cosmos, a fusion of art and science. Through the original choreography of dance troupe Pilobolus, eclectic musical and stage performances, acclaimed physicist Brian Greene unveils the mysteries of life and the universe.

Plan your visit


Brisbane and regional locations across Queensland.


20-24 March 2019


Many events are free, but signature events may cost up to $75 per person. 

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