QUT showcased at World Science Festival Brisbane

Some of QUT's most engaging scientists, researchers and facilities will feature at the 2023 World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) this week.

The festival will be officially opened at the Queensland Museum on Wednesday evening, with speakers including QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil.

Professor Margaret Sheil.

Professor Sheil will also introduce Saturday's QPAC panel session, Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Science to Save the World, which will feature leading QUT scientists Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska and Professor Sagadevan Mundree.

Professor Sheil is Chair of the Board of the Queensland Museum Network, has a PhD in chemistry, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is also a member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.

WSFB runs from March 22 to April 2and is presented by the Queensland Museum Network.

QUT at World Science Festival Brisbane

22-26 March - City of Science @ The Cube (QUT Gardens Point)

One of the world's largest digital interactive display spaces, QUT's The Cube (pictured at top) brings the newest research to the public through unique learning experiences. Immerse yourself in the following interactive exhibits during World Science Festival Brisbane:

  • BoldyGo – Fly through the solar system, watch moons orbit in real-time, get up close to planetary surfaces, reveal constellations, and look into images of the most distant galaxies, nebulae, and deep-space phenomena.
  • Climate Futures: Air – Learn how our bodies, communities, cities, and our globe are impacted by what's in the air we breathe, how global monitoring and observation assists us to act, and how the choices we make affect everyone.
  • The Living Reef – A hyper-realistic underwater experience of the Great Barrier Reef, featuring fish that have been programmed with complex artificial intelligence controlling their behaviours – they can look for food, avoid being eaten, or even swim in schools.

22-24 March - The Virtual and Physical World of Cycling (QUT Gardens Point)

Book a free training session at QUT's new state-of-the-art virtual cycling centre. It draws on the expertise of our leading researchers, bringing together both the physical and virtual worlds to engage users in sports and wellbeing activities.

23 March - Boldly Go: Explore Mars, our Galaxy and Beyond (QUT Gardens Point) ** Waitlist only

Learn about the universe from the university for the real world. Enjoy panel discussions and Q&A with QUT experts Associate Professor David Flannery, Dr Selen Turkay and Dr Michael Cowley, hosted by space scientist Vanessa Zepeda.

23 March - Igniting the Magic of Chemistry (QPAC)

This spectacular 60-minute stage show features QUT's leading chemistry experts revealing the magical powers of all things chemistry. Moderated by award-winning science writer and presenter Bernie Hobbs, this program is recommended for school students in grades 4-6.

25 March - Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Science to Save the World (QPAC)

Join Paul Barclay Big Ideas RN, in conversation with an expert QUT panel, including Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska and Professor Sagadevan Mundree (all pictured above, left to right), as they share their amazing research and how it may benefit you and your loved ones in the (very) near future.

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