World Science Festival Brisbane to return in March

The fifth annual World Science Festival Brisbane is set to boast double the fun and science for visitors of all ages in 2020.

Focusing on the theme of ‘Extremes and Adaptations’, the festival will feature bold new programs for visitors of all ages, according to Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson.

“Through a compelling program of signature events, conversations and cinema, the program will allow audiences the chance to explore the diversity of nature, the miracle of human existence and ingenuity, physics, and the mind-blowing promise of space,” Thompson said.

“Science plays a major role in people’s lives — regardless of where they live — and it’s great to know visitors to Brisbane and our regional communities will be able to engage with leading scientists and teachers during the festival.”

The popular Street Science! event will be expanded for 2020 to include four days of science activities, and many more regional event programming powered by World Science Festival Brisbane thinking.

The event, reported to be worth $800 million to the state’s economy, is hosted by Queensland Museum and will kick off in Brisbane from 25 to 29 March.

Queensland’s Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science, Leeanne Enoch, said the event will give more Queenslanders the opportunity to participate in the wonders of science.

“This is the largest regional program ever produced in the festival’s history and it will offer a range of great experiences with hands-on opportunities, a family-friendly street science program and stargazing activities,” she said.

“This year’s festival saw record attendances, and all regional areas experienced a growth in attendances. With next year’s extended program, we expect this will grow even further.”

A full program of events will be announced in February 2020.