7 Awesome Events at the World Science Festival That Don't Feel Nerdy

7 Awesome Events at the World Science Festival That Don't Feel Nerdy

It's time to get your science on.

By Sarah Taviani | 8th March 2016

Nerds rule the world. Look, we kindly let the other people think that they have a chance but it’s really all about us. And this week, Brisbane will become the mecca of all nerds when the World Science Festival comes to town. But though the nerds will come, there are some pretty rad events that will transcend the barrier and appeal to mere mortals as well. Because let's face it, science is pretty much magic, backed up by research and EVERYONE loves magic, right?

Until now, the World Science Festival has been hosted exclusively in New York and has included attendees such as Stephen Hawking, the Coen Brothers, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin.

An agreement was reached last year that will see the World Science Festival travel outside New York for the first time and remain in Brisbane for six more years. So get ready to GET YOUR SCIENCE ON!

We’ve been trying not to totally lose our minds over the program but it was a near thing. Here are the seven events we’re most looking forward to.

Mind vs. Machine: What Makes Us Human?

A range of sci-fi movies will be showing throughout the World Science Festival to get you in the mood for science awesomeness. Films include Ex Machina, The Matrix, eXistenZ, Her, Blade Runner, Fern Gully, Wall-E and more! Check the program listing for more details and to book.

Dear Albert

He may be one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century but how much do we really know about Einstein? This performance written by Alan Alda – yes, Hawkeye from M*A*S*H! – delves into Einstein’s personal correspondence and traces an intimate and unfamiliar line across Einstein’s life and work. Embrace Einstein’s wit and wisdom along with his scientific insights surrounding his ground-breaking discoveries.

Playhouse, QPAC, Cnr of Melbourne and Grey St, South Brisbane
DATES: Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12; check program for more info.
TICKETS: $35 adult, $30 concession

Street Science

Explore the fun of science in an action-packed two-day extravaganza! Make slime and snow, watching dancing robots, run across magic mud, get lost in underwater soundscapes, spy on the tiniest of predators and gaze out into the universe through amazing telescopes! This is unforgettable fun for the whole family. Learning all this new info will really work up an appetite, but never fear! Some of Brisbane’s most popular food trucks have got you covered, with offerings from The Bone Lorry, Juan More Taco, Ciao Bella Brisbane and even some gluten-free doughnuts!

South Bank Cultural Forecourt
DATES: 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

Dino Zoo Safari

Want to meet a dinosaur without the danger of getting eaten? Of course you do. Four Jurassic Park movies have taught you a thing or two. Now you can meet scientifically accurate, life-sized digital dinosaurs, dig for fossils and learn all about dinosaur evolution in this family-friendly event. The dinosaurs will even behave just like the real thing so you can make friends with the herbivores and keep a wary eye on the predators. Snap some pictures with the hashtag #dinozooqut to share the fun!

QUT Gardens Point, George St, Brisbane
DATE: 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 13

Film & Talk: The Martian

Want to be the first human to set foot on Mars? Did The Martian really get it right? We’re going to have to science the sh*t out of this. An astronaut and NASA scientist reveal their own experiences and discuss whether space travel depicted in film is fact or fiction. With this talk in your mind, you’ll watch The Martian with fresh eyes!

Playhouse QPAC, Cnr Melbourne and Grey St, South Brisbane
DATE: 3pm to 6.30pm on Sunday, March 13
TICKETS: $30 adult, $25 concession

The Moral Math of Robots

With driverless cars and battlefield warbots on the horizon, scientists are working to develop robots who can learn right from wrong. In an Isaac Asimov story come to life, who is responsible for a robot’s decision? The creator or the machine? Could robots develop other emotions? And how will they fit in society as they evolve? Leading cognitive scientists, roboticists, philosophers and computer scientists discuss robot morality and whether Bicentennial Man or I, Robot might become reality.

Plaza Auditorium, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 133A Grey St, South Brisbane
DATE: 4pm to 5.30pm on Sunday, March 13
TICKETS: $30 adult, $25 concession

Catching Up with the Jetsons: Cities in 2050

These days, the future just isn’t what it used to be! The Jetsons promised us space cities and casual trips to the moon, and Back to the Future promised me a hoverboard by last year, damn it! So what is actually in store for the cities of the future? How will resource scarcity, aging populations, food and energy security and the mass movement of people fit into it? Take a peek at the future with leading thinkers and see how far away those space cities really are.

Griffith University Conservatorium Theatre S01, 140 Grey St, South Brisbane
DATES: Sunday, March 13 at 4pm
TICKETS: $30 adult, $25 concession


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Article by Sarah Taviani

Sarah is a Journalist. She loves lists, stationery and dresses with pockets. Sarah frequently breaks her self-imposed book-buying ban when she’s not looking.


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