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World Science Festival Brisbane - 2018

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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When you hear the words "Science Festival" do your eyes glaze over with boredom or do you get really excited, like l do, about all the wonderful possibilities? Whichever category you fit into, I can assure you that the World Science Festival for 2018 has something for everyone. The Festival caters for families and children, students and "egg-heads" and everyone in between.There are many free events as well as paid events so you will find something to suit your budget. The Festival is mainly being held in South Brisbane, but it will also be going to Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Townsville . Please visit the official website to see what events are available at each location.

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Brain versus Mind (image by May Cross)


The Queensland Museum and its sponsors have a vision to help equip future generations of problem-solvers, leaders and innovators to tackle the energy challenges that face us all. Through partnership, they support the delivery of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and events within Queensland. The World Science Festival is being held from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 March. Tickets are limited so book quickly to avoid disappointment. Please visit the website for further information, prices, and locations. Lots of free and family-friendly events are also available throughout the festival. View the complete program available at World Science Festival

Here are my 12 favourite picks of the festival:

1. Freud's Divide: Bridging the Brain-Mind Gap
Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane on Wednesday 21 March 2018 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Have you ever wondered where the physical brain ends and the mind kicks in? Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist, leads a panel of neuroscientists, psychiatrists and biologists in discussing brain diseases and mental disorders.

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Extreme Cities (image from WSF website)


2. Extreme Cities: Building Against the Tide
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane on 22 March at 7:30 to 9:00pm.
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $10.
Most of the world's population live in cities near the coast, and that will increase over the next 40 years, Poverty will continue to worsen, the population will grow and natural environments will still be threatened by climate change. This talk will highlight global initiatives in urban planning, architecture and engineering that are working towards environmental survival.

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The Longest Walk (image from WSF website)


3. The Longest Walk: Winning the Human Race
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane on 23 March at 7:00 to 8:30pm.
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $10.
Have you ever wondered why homo sapiens survived to become the planet's most dominant species? Palaeontologist and ABC presenter, Paul Willis leads a talk on how recent scientific technology is unearthing data from 300,000 years of human archeology.

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Mathemagic (image from WSF website)


4. Mathemagics: Evening Show
The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, on 23 March at 7:00pm - 8:00pm.
Adult: $15, Concession: $10, Student: $10.
Arthur Benjamin is a magician. Funnily enough, he also happens to be a professor of mathematics. The Doctor will take you on a mind-blowing trip into his amazing world of maths. It promises to be a fun and interactive presentation for all ages. It's exclusive to World Science Festival Brisbane.

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Steam Train (image from WSF website)


5. Brisbane Steam Train
South Brisbane Station, Grey Street, South Brisbane, on Saturday 24 March at 10.15 to 11.15am.
Adult: $33, Concession: $30, Child $22.00, Family $90.00 .
All aboard you trainspotters. Travel back in time in Brisbane by steam train. Your adventure starts on an authentic "steamie" before you get off to check out other Science Festival events. Steam trains depart and return to South Brisbane station for an hour ride. I have already got my ticket for this trip and I advise you to book soon so that you don't miss out.

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Barack Obama and Leo Di Caprio (image from WSF website)


6. Before the Flood
Cinema A, GOMA Stanley Place, South Brisbane, on 24 March at 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
Adult: $10, Concession: $8,.Student: $8.
This is a film doco on climate change hosted by actor and environmental advocate, Leo DiCaprio. DiCaprio's presence makes it accessible to all audiences. His passion and curiosity are obvious. He confesses to being pessimistic, but he receives motivating wisdom from experts including previous US President Barack Obama.

7. Bugs and Drugs: Resistance Wars
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, on 24 March at
1:30pm to 3:00pm.
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $10.
Can science win the war against superbugs? The antibiotics we use today have been around since the 1940s but disease-causing bacteria have been adapting and improving. At this event the panel of infectious disease specialists and scientists will discuss how science, industry and government can work together to defeat the superbugs.

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The Believing brain (image from WSF website)


8. The Believing Brain: Neuroscience and the Spiritual Instinct
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane on 24 March at
5:00 to 6:30pm.
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $10.
Here is another discussion on brains and minds. This is more about hearts and minds and looks at the history of faith. Bringing together science and religion, physicist Brian Greene, and neuroscientists, philosophers, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists, explore the spiritual mystery shared by all cultures.

9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert
Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, on Saturday 24 March at 7:00 to10:00pm.
$45-$95.
The concert is a WORLD PREMIERE and is performed by Queensland Festival Philharmonic and Voices of Birralee. It combines film, science, sci-fi and live music in one evening of extra-terrestrial excitement. Steven Spielberg's 1977 film was one of the most popular sci-fi movies ever made. Experience John Williams' score performed by an 84-piece orchestra and choir of 80 voices in sync with the film. I think this performance is a must-see.

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Popular and Extreme, Dr Karl (image from WSF website)


10. Extreme Moments in Science: With Dr Karl
Age Recommendation is over 13.
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, on 24 March at 8:00 to 9:30pm.
Adult: $15, Concession: $10, Student: $10
Here is a performance I've been waiting for. Dr Karl is an institution in Australian science. He's well known as an author and science commentator on radio and TV. He'll take you on a tour through the 'bad lands' of science where you'll discover the bizarre and you'll laugh and learn. Prepare to be amused and amazed. This event will be followed by a book signing at 9.30pm. I am definitely going to see the Doc.

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Venom and Pain (image by May Cross)


11. Venom and Pain: An Unlikely Alliance
SLQ Auditorium, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, on 25 March at 10:00 to 11:00am.
Adult: $30, Concession: $25, Student: $10.
You probably know that Australia is home to many of the world's most venomous creatures. Yikes! But fortunately for us, venom offers opportunities for scientists to fight some of our most serious illnesses, as well as pain. Listen to the panel of biologists, chemists and innovators to learn how technological advances are reaping new chemicals and drugs from bad, scary and deadly to good and healthy. Now that's reassuring.

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The Ultimate Athlete (image from WSF website)


12. Sporting Chance: Building the Ultimate Athlete
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University,140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, on 25 March at 10:30am to 12:00 noon.
Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $10.
Athletes are turning to science for improved performance. Over the last few decades, advances in bioengineering, physiology, psychology and genetics have raised sporting achievements to incredible heights. Champion cyclist and orthopaedic surgeon, Bridie O'Donnell, joins a group of experts who look at the quest between science and sport. Does anyone remember decathlete Daley Thompson who was known as the "ultimate athlete"? He competed in the Commonwealth Games right here in Brisbane in 1982.
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Why? Twelve of the best events at the Festival.
When: Wednesday 21 March to Sunday 25 March
Phone: 07 3842 9103
Where: Many venues across Brisbane and Qld. Refer to program.
Cost: Some events are free. Refer program for all prices.
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I went to see Dr Karl last night at Ipswich. The show was brilliant, fast-paced and funny.
by May Cross (score: 3|2914) 186 days ago
The Steam Train ride was a lovely trip back in time.
by May Cross (score: 3|2914) 184 days ago
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