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.


Showcasing research

As an Academic Partner of the World Science Festival, UQ will participate in a wide range of sessions to share our research, expertise and passion for science with Brisbane.


Featured events

Conversations are the beating heart of World Science Festival. Harnessing the power of storytelling, these stimulating and thoughtfully crafted in-theatre discussions contemplate ground-breaking discoveries, technological innovation, and pervasive influence of STEM on economic, demographic, political and socio-cultural issues. See UQ academics in action at the following two conversation events.


At the time of writing, it appears Australia is coming out of the worst pandemic while the USA and Europe descend into pandemonium. On the first anniversary of social distancing and large-scale lock downs, we draw out the lessons of the past in order to pandemic-proof our future.

We know it all started with a big bang. But what happened after that? And where are we heading from here? Join a constellation of astrophysicists as they shine new light into the cosmos to determine what the first stars looked like, the nature of dark energy and the future of the universe.

Hear from UQ experts

As well as the conversation events, UQ experts will feature in thirteen other events in the WSFB program, including the Education program, City of Science, The Hatchery and the Nucleus.


Session UQ Academics
Cool Jobs (education video)

Aiman Al-Najjar
Head of Human and Companion Animal Imaging Operations, Centre for Advanced Imaging

Sarah Daniels
Senior Research Nuclear Medicine Scientist, Centre for Advanced Imaging

Michael Wagels
Senior Lecturer and Staff Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Princess Alexandra Hospital

Coral Watch

Monique Grol
Project Manager, Queensland Brain Institute

Diana Kleine
Coral Watch Project Manager, Queensland Brain Institute

How to Change the World

Ian Frazer
Director of Research, Translational Research Institute

Myrthe Snoeks
Managing Director, UQ Space

Hunting the Cosmic Dawn Tamara Davis
Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics
Light and the Solar System (education program)

Tamara Davis
Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics

Pandemic – Race for a Cure (education program)

Larisa Labzin
NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Kirsty Short
Australian Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Paul R. Young
Head of School, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Pioneers in Science (education program)

Josh Calcino
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Physics

Tamara Davis
Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics

Science (In) Fiction

Helen Marshall
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience 

Stacey O’Brien
PhD Candidate, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences

The Language of the Universe (education program)

Tamara Davis
Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics

Ben Powell
Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics

Andrew White
Director, Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

The Pulse of the Pandemic

Paul R. Young
Head of School, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences


Ever thought about channeling a million volts of lightning? Putting your hand in liquid nitrogen at 200 degrees below zero? Or maybe taking a nap on a bed of nails?! These are just some of the death-defying science stunts you’ll see from the nationally acclaimed UQ Demo Troupe at The Nucleus.
Bring your family to deep dive into the ancient world of sea monsters. Experience firsthand the size and majestic beauty of these prehistoric ocean predators at our exhibition Sea Monsters. Plus Dr Karl will be in the house to answer all your questions!
As the sun goes down, mysteries of the deep will be revealed at the museum for a very special adults only After Dark.

Community engagement

City of Science - Soils for Science

City of Science - Soils for Science

The next antibiotic could be in a handful of soil in your backyard. Join UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience to learn why the dirt beneath our feet could be the key to developing new cures, and how you can become a citizen scientist and help in the hunt.

Antibiotic resistance has been identified as one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. There is an urgent need to discover new antibiotics, and finding new candidates in your backyard could help this serious issue.

Visit the team at the following events during the festival - A Night at the Museum, After Dark and at the Nucleus or learn more here.

City of Science - Soils for Science

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