Griffith University is an academic partner of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific and cultural festivals.

Queensland Museum will host the Festival in Brisbane from March 9 to 13.

The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane 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 Banks.

A range of Griffith’s experts will join international leaders from across science and the arts for four action-packed days of public science at its best.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) Professor Debra Henly said Griffith Sciences was delighted to be a part of the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane.

“Our researchers will be involved in a number of events that will showcase our world class research to the general public,” she said.

“There will be something for all ages — from hands on science activities by the Griffith Science On the Go! team for children to stimulating and thought provoking discussions.”

During the Festival Griffith researchers will showcase the latest in 3D scanning technology to create an accurate model of the Museum’s “Mephisto” tank, while budding scientists will be able to experience Griffith’s ground breaking Quantum Physics laboratory.

Griffith will lead a discussion about how revolutionary science may allow rapid mapping and analysis that might be able to save our reefs from climate change.

How Griffith is involved

Signature events

  • Can we save our precious reefs in time?

12.30-2pm, Thursday, 10 March Griffith Conservatorium Theatre

Presenter: Professor Brendan Mackey, Griffith Climate Change Response Program Director

3.30-4.30pm, Thursday 10 March 2016, Lecture Theatre, Queensland Museum

Presenter: PhD candidate and Technical Officer Chris Little, Griffith School of Engineering

Science Apprentice Program

  • Quantum Physicist apprentice with Professor Geoff Pryde, Deputy Director, Centre for Quantum Dynamics
  • Sport Engineer apprentice with Dr Hugo Espinosa, Lecturer (Electronic Engineering), Griffith School of Engineering

Street Science!

9am — 4pm, 12-13 March 2016 at the Cultural Forecourt, Southbank

  • Displays by the Australian Rivers Institute, the Red Zone’s Augmented reality sandbox and Science on the Go team.

Special guests

  • Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery Director Jenny Martin is a panel member at ‘Bucking the sySTEM’ from 3pm on 11 March at the Festival Lab, Cultural Forecourt, Southbank.


More information available in the full program.