Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’, the World Science Festival was founded by renowned Physicist Professor Brian Greene and Emmy award-winning journalist Tracy Day. Held annually in New York for more than a decade, the Festival returns to Brisbane for the fourth consecutive year from 19-21 March 2019, presented by Queensland Museum Network.
This year, Australian scientists will again join with world-leading scientists, communicators and performers from across the globe during a series of new and challenging discussions about humanity.
The 2019 Festival runs for five days, designed to feed curious minds and challenge our views of the world we live in. Regional centres across Queensland will also light up as Festival programing presents challenging questions and brave new frontiers to audiences in Ipswich, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Gladstone and Townsville throughout March.
Among this year’s speakers are:
- Festival co-founder and international physicist Professor Brian Greene who will be speaking on our fututre on Mars;
- Professor Hugh Possingham discussing the future of Australia’s wildlife under threat; and
- Dr Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Division, who will lead a discussion on the impact changes in the Antarctic have for the entire planet.
The Festival will celebrate the valuable contributions to science from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and encourage exploration though its STEM-focused Education Program, featuring Queensland Science pioneer Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and national favourite Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
Also on the program will be first-time Festival presenters:
- NASA Astronaut Dr Yvonne Cagle;
- Pioneer of science Professor Adele Green; and
- Environmental champion Dr Tim Flannery who will deliver the 2019 Scientia Address, hosted by Australian broadcasting icon John Doyle.
Be part of this exciting Festival at which round-breaking discoveries will be examined, riveting conversations launched and brave new ideas will be shared.
Inspiring Australia is a supporter of the World Science Festival Brisbane. Keep in touch on Twitter via #WSFB2019 and #WSFBrisbane and download the full 2019 Festival program.