World Science Festival 2022

The World Science Festival 2022 Turtle Hatchery

Due to extraordinary weather events, World Science Festival Brisbane 2022 will be online only. You can find the complete program for their virtual events here 

Brisbane Kids get excited as the biggest event on the Science calendar is set to return to Brisbane for another year in March 2022.

Hosted by Queensland Museum, World Science Festival Brisbane 2022 returns to South Bank from the 9th-13th March, for a mind-blowing exploration of the truly phenomenal world we live in – from scientific challenges to technological solutions that inspire hope and wonder for our future existence.

With more than 100 events, there is something for all curious minds at this year’s festival. 

This year will also include the City of Science -a city-wide, FREE five-day science extravaganza! In a non-stop, action-packed program including hands-on workshops, science storytelling and audio tours – City of Science is for the whole family. From South Bank and Brisbane City Mall to Mt Coot-tha, the Valley and West End.

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The World Science Festival Brisbane 2022 Program Highlights


In the past two years, medical science has been at the forefront of our daily lives, environmental scientists have shared some startling discoveries, and advances in technology have provided new challenges and opportunities for us to consider. Our program of conversations and talks give voice to science, as our topical experts share the latest evidence, discoveries, theories and practical applications


Perfectly positioned at Riverside Green, South Bank, the Satellite Bar is this year’s designated hang out spot. Grab a drink from the licensed bar and enjoy a variety of free all-day, family-friendly programming. From music, workshops and live-animal shows to curious conversations, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Make sure the Satellite Bar is in your orbit when you visit World Science Festival Brisbane.


Located in the South Bank Piazza, The Nucleus is the Festival’s vibrant hub of science-tainment, teeming with fast and family friendly fun and super sciency stuff for everyone. Bring the kids during the day or gather the grown-ups at night for what promises to be a memorable mix of science, art and culture in the pulsing heart of South Bank Parklands.


Queensland Museum Network is home to a magnificent collection of 2 million cultural objects, natural history specimens and geological treasures, and more than 14 million research items, with only a fragment of the collection on public display at any time.


Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 March | 9.30am–3pm daily | Level 4, Queensland Museum | Bookings essential Catch a rare glimpse of Australia’s precious loggerhead turtles hatching in their incubation chambers and the first moments of heir ocean lives as they meet a seawater environment in specially designed tanks. After the Festival, the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 km offshore.


Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 March | 30-minute sessions 9.30am–3pm daily | Level 3, Queensland Museum | Adult $20, Concession $15, Child $10 (3–15 years), Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) $50 Star Trek meets Jurassic Park in this world first holographic experience created by our friends at Axiom Holographics. Travel back in time and walk among some of the most breathtaking prehistoric animals imaginable.


8am–4pm Sunday 13 March | Flowstate Green, South Bank Parklands | Free, non-ticketed Welcome to our very first Get Green! Sustainability Market, a collection of local sustainable and eco-conscious small businesses and workshops located on South Bank’s Flowstate Green on Sunday 13 March


Friday 11 – Sunday 13 March | Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art In partnership with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), the film program ‘Humans, Animals and the Natural World’ considers humanity’s relationship with plants and animals in stories of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, connection, and hope. From woolly mammoths, to pigs and fantastic fungi this documentary series will charm and inspire.


7.30pm-8.45pm | Saturday 12 March | Playhouse QPAC | Adult $60, Concession $55 Hosted by comedian Mark Humphries, Night of the Nerds is the Festival’s very own, very nerdy variety game show! Two all-star teams of scientists, tech heads and funny people will battle through a series of challenges in the ultimate nerd showdown.


10am–11am and 2pm–3pm | Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March | South Bank Piazza | Adult $25, Concession $20, Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) $70 Jump into a weekend of family fun time entertainment with children’s educator and entertainer Ranger Stacey and a stellar cast of the smartest, funniest and cutest scientists ever assembled.


Don’t eat lunch at your desk during World Science Festival Brisbane! Head to the Queen Street Mall at midday each day and get smarter while you take a break. Lunchtime Labs will feature Festival favourite, Dr Karl, bring you explosive science, teach you how to juggle and give you an excuse to dance. All in the name of science!


Over five days, five libraries will feature five popular strands of science


Ever wondered what a dinosaur would look like stomping through the Arbour at South Bank? Follow the trail of QR codes and walk in the footsteps of prehistoric creatures that roamed Australia millions of years ago


Get energised while you stimulate your mind! On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, City of Science takes visitors on a scientific journey (literally!) with a free program of tours, stage shows and surprising pop-up science activations

Get the program for the World Science Festival

The World Science Festival Brisbane: The history

The World Science Festival started in New York in 2008 and is an annual event which aims to take science out of the lab and onto the streets, parks, museums and galleries in New York. Previously the Festival has included gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences.

Back for a fourth year (it was unfortunately cancelled last year due to Covid), The World Science Festival Brisbane is a world-class event no different to those previously held in New York as proven in Brisbane in 2016 with big-name scientists, speakers and performers from Brisbane and the Asia Pacific Region lined up to wow Brisbane and make science accessible to everyone.

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Festival venues across Brisbane

The World Science Festival Brisbane will inform the public about the wonder of science across a range of topics such as climate change, space exploration, robotics and dark matter. Presented by the Queensland Museum and supported by  Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, the Festival will be packed full of free and ticketed events for both adults and Brisbane Kids in iconic Brisbane venues such as the Queensland Museum, South Bank Parklands,  QPAC, QAGOMA, QUT and Griffith University, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Queens Street Mall and the incredible The Workshops Rail Museum. 

All the information about the World Science Festival 2022 can be found here


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