Science’s Greatest Minds and Revolutionary Ideas Are Coming To Australia

Alan Alda, Brian Greene, Dr Karl and other science legends to appear at the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane from 9 March

International icons, local favourites and up-and-coming scientists will descend on Brisbane next week for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane (find out more or purchase tickets).

Guests of the festival include National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence and pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Australia’s favourite scientist Dr Karl, legendary actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda, Australian astronaut Andy Thomas and legendary physicist Brian Greene.

"It makes me deliriously happy to see the World Science Festival bring art and science together again: and for the World Science Festival Brisbane to bring this unique blend to Australia," says Alan Alda, world famous actor and World Science Festival Board Member.

There’s something for everyone with more than 100 events covering cutting-edge science, technological innovations and ground-breaking discoveries.

Can We Save our Precious Reefs in Time? – Global ideas that may help preserve our amazing natural reefs are on the agenda when leading experts discuss revolutionary scientific measures that could assist marine scientists and biologists determine exactly what’s happening to the Great Barrier Reef, and indeed reefs all over the world.

Reality Since Einstein – an illuminating exploration of Einstein’s ground-breaking insights, moderated by Greene and featuring a line-up of top thinkers in the field.

Chasing Down the Comet – landing a spacecraft on a comet at 40,000 kilometres per hour, with scientists from the European Space Agency and NASA who actually did it.

Alien Life: Will We Know It When We Find It? – Scientists across disciplines -astronomers, astrophysicists, and astrobiologists - are intensely studying the evolution of life on Earth and listening for signals from outer space to help identify life in the universe.

The Moral Math of Robots  Can machines learn right from wrong? As the first generation of driverless cars and battlefield warbots filter into society, scientists are working to develop moral decision-making skills in robots. Break or swerve? Shoot or stand down?

Street Science! – a free two-day extravaganza for the whole family featuring everything from live turtle hatching, drones, coding workshops and robot combat to gastronomic demonstrations, taxidermy exhibitions and science-adventure storytelling

The festival, presented by the Queensland Museum, will take place Tuesday 9 to Sunday 13 March throughout the South Bank Cultural Precinct.

To see the full program, purchase tickets or get more information, click here.

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