By Toby Crockford
The World Science Festival is fulfilling expectations by attracting both national and international visitors to its new home, Brisbane.
The festival secured some of the best scientific minds from across the globe, featuring more than 100 speakers from nine different countries.
Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said hosting the only World Science Festival in the Southern Hemisphere was a significant tourism coup for the state.
“Exclusive events such as this are a real drawcard for visitors with the 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane expected to attract more than 27,000 direct visitor nights and contribute significantly to Queensland’s economy,” Ms Jones said.
“Hosting this festival reinforces our reputation as a premier event destination, which helps tourism grow and means more jobs for Queenslanders.”
Along with international visitors, the World Science Festival Brisbane also grabbed the attention of people from around the country.
Mary Anne Brifman and her step-son Daniel travelled up especially from Sydney to attend the inaugural Brisbane event.
“We’re very passionate about science, we love it and it all fits, everything integrates, everything links and it’s just fascinating,” said Ms Brifman.
“I don’t usually fly across the country to attend events, it has to really touch my heart to motivate me.”
Ms Brifman first saw the event advertised on the Sky Channel and decided to attend as she searches for scientific explanations to her purpose on the planet.
“I’m into divine science, which tries to find an explanation for the purpose of living, as Brian Greene addressed during his opening night production of Light Falls,” she said.
“I can’t believe how Brisbane has got such an innovative state-of-the-art program happening here.”
“I was so excited for the next events after seeing Light Falls that I couldn’t go to sleep until 5am,” said Ms Brifman.
“I will be attending as many events as possible throughout the festival.”
Ms Brifman was impressed by the inaugural Brisbane event and believes it can only grow in the future.
“It’s in its infancy here, but I think next year there will be a lot of buzz off the back of this year.”