The first World Science Festival Brisbane proves a hit with the crowds


Many thousands of people converged on Brisbane to take part in the first World Science Festival outside its traditional home in New York.

Celebrities, scientists and the odd astronaut mixed with the young and the old to celebrate all things science.

And QUT journalism students were there to help capture some of the fun and insight.

Reporter Toby Crockford caught up with the Festival founder Dr Brian Greene, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Queensland Museum CEO and Director Prof Suzanne Miller. Toby also visited a pop up park and discovers “mounging”.

Reporter Hannah Kotaidis looked at the discussion on over-fished oceans, polluted waterways and traffic congestion at the World Science Festival in Brisbane. Dr Syliva Earle from National Geographic, talks about the conservation and protection of our world’s oceans. The Director of Ars Electronica Future Lab, Christopher Lindinger, talks about interacting and communicating with robots of the future.

Reporter Sam Mortimer features Art Chmielewski, NASA’s Rosetta Project Manager, and talks about how scientists hope to solve riddles that can’t be solved with ground-based observation.

Actor and champion of science, Alan Alda, has been involved with the World Science Festival since it began in New York. He says bringing the Festival to Brisbane was the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of scientists from all over the pacific region.

Reporter Tegan Atkins focuses on the Enoggera World Science Festival in Brisbane, and how it ignited a passion for science within the community.

Well-known science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Clive Berry, an environmental engineer, spoke about how the festival helps promote science within Australia, and what needs to be done to ensure interest in science continues to grow.

Reporter Ashleigh Whittaker features ‘Street Science’, a series of tents, each one with a different scientific theme. The event saw many people come along for the chance to get involved with some science action. Kids were blown away from what they saw. It definitely wasn’t a typical science class!