It's a big week for Brisbane from March 9 to March 13. The World Science Festival has left its birthplace in New York and is headed Down Under. The Brisbane Greeters are always eager to show off their fair city, and now they are ready, willing and able to do that by scientific means. Just how clever is Brisbane? What better place to begin these greets than Southbank, where in 1988 our EXPO had the theme, Leisure in the Age of Technology.
A lot of water has flowed under our bridges since then, in fact we have added a few more bridges to our collection, one of which has received world recognition from the scientific world of engineering. But even before the European brought his sciences to this country, the Aboriginal folk could have taught Galileo a thing or two. They knew that the tides were ruled by the Moon, and put this knowledge to good use when harvesting the sea. The stars were often their guides.
Brisbane has been the home of many scientific firsts. The Brisbane Greeters will fill you in on the fiasco that was the first rocket launch. Ours was the first Australian city to experiment with electric street lights. There have been many medical breakthroughs in our research laboratories. Learn about them all.
Science is everywhere – in our public art, in our parks and gardens, and in our sometimes treacherous river. Brisbane is a city of learning, and we will take you to one of our universities to see how it encourages the public to interact with its technologies.
Transport for the day will include Shanks' Pony aka your own two feet, the free City Hopper Ferry, and free bicycles from CityCycles for those who book in advance. The greets will start on the half hour in front of the Wheel of Brisbane from 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13. Bookings can be made on the website or by calling Brisbane Marketing during business hours on (07) 3156 6364.