COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SPONSORSHIPS

World Science Festival

 

Held annually in New York since 2008, the World Science Festival is one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and has cemented a second home in Brisbane.

As an Academic Partner, The University of Queensland showcases our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

In light of the COVID-19 event restrictions, the 2020 World Science Festival was cancelled.

 

Showcasing research

As an Academic Partner of the World Science Festival in 2019, UQ presented the signature and Salon events.

 

SIGNATURE EVENT
 

Frued's divide: Bridging the Brain-Mind Gap
Explore the nexus of neuroscience and psychiatry

In the early 20th century, the Freud-inspired distinction between brain and mind generated two approaches to understanding the human brain: neuroscience and psychiatry. Recently, advances in medical research and scientific technologies have identified common features across neurological disorders that challenge Freud’s divide. Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel led a distinguished panel of neuroscientists, psychiatrists and biologists in unpacking the latest scientific approaches to understanding and treating brain disorders.

SALON EVENT
 

PROBING THE ETERNAL SUNSHINE: Memories & Fears
Tap into the deep recesses of the mind

Throughout our lives we accumulate a treasure chest of memories along with a Pandora’s Box of fears, although exactly how these gems are formed and processed, and why, remains somewhat of a mystery. For something considered an early adaptation for mammalian survival, why are memories and fear so entangled with human consciousness and mental health?

As well as the signature and salon events, UQ experts appeared in eleven other events in the WSFB program, including the Conversation, Salon, Let’s Talk, Festival Lab, Street Science and Queensland Museum displays.

 

Vince Kelly
BRAIN FOOD BREAKFAST: Sporting Success – Nature vs Nurture
Bruno Van Swinderen
SCIENCE GETS SOCIAL: Pillow Talk
Serena Love​
LET’S TALK: Ancient Egyptian Mummies: May They Live Forever

 

Mark Blaskovich​
BUGS & DRUGS: The Resistance Wars
Sandra Olarte Mantilla​
THE EMPIRE OF SCENTS: Film & Dinner
Maryam Ziaei
THE BELIEVING BRAIN: Neuroscience and the Spiritual Instinct

 

Richard Fuller
Migratory Shorebirds
Glenn King
VENOM & PAIN: An Unlikely Alliance
Jennifer Stow
SCREENING & TALK: THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (2017)

 

Serena Love
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BODIES: MEDICINE, SURGERY AND MAGIC
Justin Marshall
CoralWatch

Community engagement

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Street Science!

2019 also saw UQ engage with the Brisbane community through a series of activities designed to unlock the secret ingredients in everyday household items, rediscover Australia’s extinct megafauna using augmented reality, learn about the protection of our coral reefs and investigating whether they could trick their brain.

Street Science! at World Science Festival
Kids of all ages were invited to explore the quirky quandaries of quantum mechanics through UQ’s Quantum Games exhibition at World Science Festival Brisbane

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EQUS Quantum Games

Kids of all ages were invited to explore the quirky quandaries of quantum mechanics through UQ’s Quantum Games exhibition at World Science Festival Brisbane. The product of a national competition run by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), this series of immersive computer games had attendees playing in worlds dominated by quantum effects.

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Microscopy and Myscope

The UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis presented an interactive microscopy exploration booth. A range of samples were provided for viewing including insects, fibres and plants. Visitors also investigated and captured images of their own skin, hair and clothing using handheld USB microscopes.

The UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis presented an interactive microscopy exploration booth
 

If you have any questions about this, or any other partnerships, contact us by email at sponsorship@uq.edu.au.