After a month of science experiments, expert talks, performances, turtles hatching, 3D printing, robotic demonstrations, star gazing and stories about space, this years’ World Science Festival Brisbane has officially wrapped up another successful year for Brisbane and visitors.
Hosted by Queensland Museum the festival kicked off on March 1 with the regional program in Gladstone, followed by events in Townsville, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Chinchilla and Brisbane.
Minister for Science and the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the 2019 festival attracted record crowds.
“The World Science Festival Brisbane has recorded more than 205,000 visitations which is the largest number since the festival began in 2016,” she said.
“It’s also wonderful that there were double the number of visitors at some of the regional Queensland events.
“The Queensland Government is proud to see the growing success of this landmark festival across the state.
“The festival is the only one of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and showcases Queensland as an international destination for scientific ideas.”
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the growth of the festival is something to be proud of and the number of visitors attending means we are delivering a program that appeals to everyone.
“Queensland Museum continues to be a central hub of the World Science Festival Brisbane welcoming visitors of all ages who were engaged in a variety of talks, performances, activities that featured turtle hatching, marine life, and of course space travel,” Dr Thompson said.
“We are looking forward to bringing the festival back next year to Brisbane and our regional communities, of Townsville, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gladstone and Chinchilla to showcase scientific developments and discoveries from around Australia and the world.”
World Science Festival co-founder Professor Brian Greene said coming to Brisbane for the festival is always a highlight and he is blown away by the energy and enthusiasm audiences have for science here.
“We established the World Science Festival to push the boundaries of science and to inspire people across the world to dream up new ideas and get involved in science. Watching this in action over the five days of the festival in Brisbane is incredible and makes me proud of how far we have come,” Professor Greene said.
The festival in Brisbane was held from the 20-24 March and its overall theme of brave new ideas dealt with topics as diverse as ways to tackle immunity through to the discovery of gravitational waves and how to mitigate further damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
It delivered more than 100 events across six locations – Gladstone, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane and Townsville – and involved hundreds of festival participants from across the globe.
Visitors to World Science Festival Brisbane was 205,229. Queensland Museum holds the license for the WSFB until 2021.The 2020 dates are yet to be announced.
World Science Festival Brisbane is supported by the Queensland Government and features on Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $800m to the state’s economy in 2019. In 2019, for the first-time, it is also a feature of Curiocity – a brand new event for Brisbane showcasing science, innovation and technology.