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Dr Karl is hosting a number of shows at the science festival in Brisbane.
Dr Karl is hosting a number of shows at the science festival in Brisbane.

Where to see Dr Karl, and a heap of other cool stuff

THE only city outside New York to host the World Science Festival, Brisbane is gearing up for a seriously good event in 2018.

Hosted by Queensland Museum, this year's festival will focus on 'humanity' as scientists from across the globe delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is working to ensure we live better for longer.

Popular Australian science writer and broadcaster Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will return for a host of talks.  

"I am very excited to be returning to the World Science Festival Brisbane," he said.

"Science is a way to look at the world around you, and understand how things work.

"For example, when you find out how a rainbow works your enjoyment of the beautiful colours is actually greater. You then know how to find rainbows in many unexpected places - such as the spray of water from a breaking wave or a garden hose.

"Science gives you a great mental toolbox that can solve many problems - and that you will never lose. This lovely festival will surreptitiously slide some science into your brain while having fun."

Chair of the Board of Queensland Museum David Conry said for five days Brisbane would be immersed in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

"With more than 100 events for all ages at (this) year's festival, I encourage everyone to start planning a visit to this incredible celebration of science," he said.

Fun is on the menu all right, check out some of these awesome events happening from March 21-25.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is one of the most influential science-fiction movies of all time. Now is your chance to see it live, in concert, with an 84-piece orchestra and 80-voice choir.

·         WHEN: March 24, 7-10pm

·         WHERE: Concert Hall QPAC

·         COST: $45-95


A Sporting Chance: Building the Ultimate Athlete

Ever wondered what makes up an elite athlete? As we continue to turn to science for answers, in fields like physiology, psychology, bioengineering and genetics, we continue to uncover answers about the human body and how far it can be pushed. Find out more about the interplay between science and sport with this interesting talk.

·         WHEN: March 25, 10.30am-12pm

·         WHERE: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

·         COST: $10-35


Street Science

The South Bank Parklands will transform into a science playground over two days during the festival. There will be heaps of activities and opportunities to explore the science behind robots, slime, explosions, augmented reality and more. There will also be live bands, mad scientists and heaps of impressive performances.

·         WHEN: March 24-25, 10-4pm

·         WHERE: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands

·         COST: Free



If you've ever struggled to get your children interested in maths, then bring them along to this super entertaining and mind-blowing session with internationally-renowned mathemagician Arthur Benjamin. Not only will he show you just how agile the human brain is, but reveal the secrets of stretching your own to its limits.

·         WHEN: March 23, 11.30am-12.30pm

·         WHERE: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

·         COST: $10-15


Bespoke Bodies: The Path to Human Regeneration

3D-printed bones, spray-on skin… the technological advancements in the field of human health and longevity have come a long way in recent years. Join ABC science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams as she leads a group of experts through discussions around these life-saving discoveries.

·         WHEN: March 22, 7-8.30pm

·         WHERE: QPAC

·         COST: $35

For more events that will blow your mind at World Science Festival Brisbane, head HERE.