7 March 2016

Join the University of Queensland and the Queensland Museum to transform Brisbane into a city of science at the World Science Festival Brisbane from 9-13 March.

UQ is proud to be part of a supercharged celebration of science that will convert the South Bank Cultural Precinct into a cauldron of big ideas, ranging from science theatre, expert debates, hands-on science and a chance to delve into the minds of great scientific thinkers.

Here’s your chance to discover what you don’t know about crocodiles, aliens, Alzheimer’s disease, palaeontology, saving the Great Barrier Reef, music and memory, and be entertained with science experiments, robots and scientists in the kitchen.

A snapshot of the science on offer includes:

2016 Steve Irwin Memorial Lecture (Registration FULL)
A free lecture and celebrate the conservation work at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, Cape York,  at The Edge, Queensland State Library. Join conservationist Dr Terri Irwin AM and UQ’s Professor Craig Franklin and Dr Ross Dwyer. Seating is limited.

What has science done for you lately? 
Discover what science has done for you lately at this Global Leadership Series event on Thursday 10 March, 6:00 – 8:00pm, at The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, from 6pm–8pm.  Join a stellar panel including Professor Tamara Davis, Dr Maggie Hardy, Professor Hugh Possingham and Professor Fred D’Agostino. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased here.

Alzheimer’s: Don’t Forget Your Genes
With most Australian males and females expecting to celebrate their 80th birthday, is a long lifespan the same as a meaningful lifespan? Join UQ's Professor Jürgen Götz and a panel to explore these issues on Friday 11 March, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.Register here.

UQ Science Chats at The Edge
Kick start your World Science Festival Brisbane weekend with a free UQ breakfast at The Edge, State Library South Brisbane on Saturday 12 March at 7.45am-8.45am. Registration essential. Then stay to hear a stunning series of talks by UQ scientists every half hour from 9am and 3.30pm on everything from new insights into Van Gough's Sunflower painting to the psychology of music — you can check out the program here.

Science Demo Troupe at Street Science!
See the UQ Science Demo Troupe explain how to read minds, crush cans, make smoke rings, generate electricity and create elephant toothpaste, on Saturday 12 March and Sunday 13 March, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Learn more about their work here.

Gastronomy: scientist in the kitchen
Physicist and science communicator Dr Joel Gilmore will  share secrets from the world of molecular gastronomy and food science. Use the science of foams to create perfect meringues, angel cakes and ice-cream. From the conventional (are plastic bowls actually bad for beating egg whites?) to the intriguing (making foams out of fruit juice) to the extreme (melt in your mouth desserts using liquid nitrogen and some high pressure gas), Joel will show how the same key science underlies many dishes at The Edge, 12 march, 12:00 – 1:00pm. Register here.

Intelligent Alien Life – Little Green Men or Machines?
In 2015, the Kepler Space Telescope spotted a star system emitting light patterns so bizarre that even serious scientists hypothesised they could be evidence of an “alien megastructure.”  It conjures images of alien creatures – green or otherwise – building and buzzing around their massive space station. But a growing chorus of physicists and astrobiologists argues this image of aliens as a biological lifeform is all wrong. Is intelligent life beyond Earth more likely to be robotic? Learn more from UQ’s Dr Janet Wiles at the Queensland Museum & Science Centre, 12 March, 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

Geology of Brisbane walking tours (Registration FULL)
Learn how the geology of Brisbane shaped our city, with as Dr Tony Webster, of UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, as he hosts walking tours of Brisbane.. Following a short presentation at The Edge, you will explore the fascinating geology of the South Brisbane reach of the river.

For the full list of UQ’s World Science Festival Brisbane activities and to register your chance to win an Apple watch visit the website. For more information, email science.events@uq.edu.au.