Join us at the World Science Festival Brisbane

Griffith University is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

The World Science Festival began in New York in 2008, co-founded by world-renowned physicist Brian Greene and award-winning journalist Tracy Day. Queensland Museum has exclusive rights to present the World Science Festival Brisbane in the Asia-Pacific region.

Following amazing success in 2016 and 2017, World Science Festival Brisbane returns as an annual celebration of STEM, bringing some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland including a range of Griffith’s own experts.

The Festival will take science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct in South Bank, connecting audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world.

Featured Griffith Experts

Pioneers in Science

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

23 March 2018 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Great minds inspire greatness. The Pioneers in Science program gives high school students rare access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists.

The Longest Walk: Winning the Human Race

Assoc. Prof. Adam Brumm

23 March 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Journey through 300 millennia of human history to reveal the secrets of our survival.

The Longest Walk: Winning the Human Race

Professor Rainer Grun

23 March 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Journey through 300 millennia of human history to reveal the secrets of our survival.

Evolutionary Biologist’s Apprentice

Dr Sally Waseff

Friday 23 March 10.00 – 11.30am and 1.00 - 2.30pm

Join Dr Sally Waseff's  research team at Griffith University to discover what ancient DNA analysis is adding to the fascinating story of human evolution.

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The Tales Teeth Tell

Assoc. Professor Tanya Smith

22 March 2018 7.30 – 8.30 am

Join renowned Biological Anthropologist Dr Tanya Smith as she reveals how researching our teeth help us to understand ancient human development, behaviour and evolution.

Ancient DNA: How genetics can reveal the secrets of evolution

Professor David Lambert

24 March 2018 10.00 – 11.00 am

Panellists will outline the biological processes that degrade DNA after death and describe how this unique substance changes in different environments.

Extreme Cities: Building Against the Tide

Assoc. Professor Cheryl Desha

22 March 2018 7.30 – 9.00 pm

This discussion will reveal ground-breaking global initiatives in urban planning, architecture and engineering that are creating urban environments for a sustainable future.

Sporting Success – Nature vs Nurture

Dr Caroline Riot

23 March 2018 7.30 – 8.30 am

What makes a great athlete? Discover whether innate sporting talent could one day be pre-determined biologically.

Bugs and Drugs: The Resistance Wars

Dr Kate Seib

Toowoomba 16 March 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join the fight against superbugs with cutting- edge science at your defence.

Street science! Showcasing science

24 and 25 March 2018 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Griffith's Science on the GO! team will present an array of hands-on science activities to astound all ages and interests. Create your own flying machine and test it in our wind tunnel, discover the wonder of sea jellies at our touchtanks, explore the science behind bubbles and watch as our levitating superconductors defy gravity.

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Associated Events

Aquatic Ecology Concert: World Water Day 2018

22 March 2018 7.30 - 9:00 pm

Celebrate World Water Day with immersive surround sound compositions and live streaming hydrophones exploring the soundscapes of aquatic ecosystems ranging from the sonic complexity of the Great Barrier Reef to shifting glaciers in Antarctica.

River Listening Tour to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

23 March & 25 March 2018 9:30am

Led by Griffith scientists, Dr Simon Linke and Dr Leah Barclay, this tour of the Brisbane river will introduce you to the fascinating world of underwater ecoacoustics. Learn about the mechanisms that fish and insects use to communicate underwater and listen to Lone Pine's resident population of grunting catfish. This is a free event, however participants are required to purchase a ticket for transport on the Miramar. Enter the code CATFISH to receive a 10% discount on transport and entry to Lone Pine.

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March 19, 2018

Sea Jellies and bursting bubbles make for Street Science fun at World Science Festival

Calling all fans of science, old, and particularly young, to join in the fun of Griffith University’s Street Science (24 -25 March) at World Science Festival Brisbane. Science lovers will get a sneak peak of the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibition that is set to open at Sea World later this year, in ...

March 16, 2018

Life outside sport key to athlete success argues Griffith sports management researcher

When our local athletes enter competition at next month’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) the support systems they have in place should give them an edge, even allowing for home-soil pressure, according to Griffith University researcher Dr Caroline Riot. Joining a Brainfood Breakfast ...

March 14, 2018

How humans won the race – evolutionary evidence at World Science Festival

If the human race had run differently, modern man might have descended from Neanderthals, or some other species of ancient hominin. Instead, Homo sapiens won world domination, and researchers from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) are at the forefront of re...

March 12, 2018

Beating the bugs at World Science Festival – time for a new class of antibiotics?

Stubborn bacteria and so-called super-bugs are in the sights of researchers worldwide, and just a decade out from the centenary of the discovery of penicillin, World Science Festival Brisbane (WSF) will explore whether a whole new approach is needed. Leading discussions at the Bugs & Drugs ̵...