World Science Festival Brisbane coming to North Queensland!

21 March 2018

World Science Festival Brisbane heads to North Queensland on 25 and 26 March 2018 for a series of sizzling science events in Townsville, thanks to the event’s Regional Program. Planets

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said he was delighted to see the festival’s regional programme returning to Townsville.

“After the huge success of last year’s programme I know the people of Townsville will get behind this great program of events,” Mr Stewart said,

“On Sunday 25 and Monday 26 March the Museum of Tropical Queensland will be transformed with theatrical demonstrations and interactive presentations designed to spark visitors’ interest in science,”

Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said she was especially looking forward to the Cool Jobs seminar.

“With the future of an ever changing job market this is a great opportunity for our local students to hear directly from our local Senior Curator of Maritime Archaeology at the Museum of Tropical Queensland and JCU, Dr Madeline Fowler.

“They can find out what it takes to do one of the coolest jobs on earth and learn from someone working in science today about how she got there and what inspires her.”

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the museum will host two free shows from ‘Street Science Steve’, featuring mind-bending science demonstrations, and an interactive big-screen experience exploring the fact and fiction behind internet shopping, viral videos, the science of selfies and answer the long-asked question ‘Are cats taking over the world?’

“This experience will be hosted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation who will bring an esteemed panel of expert scientists to Townsville and a hilarious host to lead the discussions with the audience.”

Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said that following on from the successful regional program in 2017, the festival will return to Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba and Townsville, and for the first time Ipswich, to engage the local communities and schools in the wonders of science.

“Last year’s festival attracted more than 182,000 visitors and injected more than $7 million dollars into the Queensland economy, making it a major event on our state’s cultural tourism calendar.”

“I want to congratulate Queensland Museum on hosting the only World Science Festival in the Asia-Pacific, in a partnership that continues to realise significant benefits for our state and for science enthusiasts from around the world.

“Since it started in 2016, World Science Festival Brisbane has captured the imagination of Queenslanders and visitors alike with extraordinary special events, the chance to hear from world-renowned scientists and ‘thought leaders’, and amazing attractions for people of all ages.

“The Queensland Government is proud to support this world-class festival that takes science out of the laboratories and on to the streets, showcasing and celebrating science and its profound impact on our world today.”

Bookings are essential for all events (except the Street Science shows). For more information and to book visit the Museum’s website mtq.qm.qld.gov.au. Explore the full World Science Festival Brisbane program at worldsciencefestival.com.au.

The World Science Festival Brisbane Regional Program in Townsville is proudly supported by Inspiring Australia, Australia’s national science engagement strategy.

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MEDIA:           Townsville EO             4766 4100

                        Mundingburra EO       4766 8100

                        Thuringowa EO           4766 3100

Media Contacts:

Andrea Hughes

Museum of Tropical Queensland, Marketing Co-ordinator

Email: andrea.hughes@qm.qld.gov.au

(07) 4726 0604, 0497 347 117