STRAIGHT from the streets of New York to South Bank's cultural precinct, something big is coming to Brisbane next month and it's the World Science Festival Brisbane.
Get ready to ask the big questions, explore big ideas and get involved in the five-day celebration of science, arts and performing arts.
From early March, the world's science glitterati and greatest thinkers will descend on Brisbane for the annual event, which will be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere.
The festival was founded in 2008 by renowned physicist Brian Greene and Emmy Award-winning producer Tracy Day.
Presented by the Queensland Museum, the World Science Festival Brisbane will take science out of the labs and into the streets of South Brisbane.
With the stunning Brisbane River as the backdrop, science will come to life through dynamic and interactive events and programs. Queensland Museum Network CEO and director Suzanne Miller said there would be something for everyone to enjoy in the program.
"The festival will showcase the very best science and scientists from around the globe through an incredible array of events where there will be something for everyone, from free, hands-on street science to world experts leading discussions and debates tackling the big questions.
"Queensland Museum is proud to be presenting this world-renowned event here in our own backyard, giving us the opportunity to showcase the very best research taking place right here in Queensland."
Professor Miller said the program had a mix of day and evening activities including live performances, debates, intimate discussions, workshops, films and hands-on demonstrations.
"We want everyone talking and doing science," she said.
Events in the festival program cover such topics as robotics, astrophysics, cosmology, marine biology, psychiatry, ethics, physics, urbanisation, comets, global warming, alien life and technology. The opening event, Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein, perfectly epitomises the spirit of the festival - a melding of the arts, science and performing arts.
This original theatrical performance, written and performed by Brian Greene and an ensemble cast, traces Albert Einstein's electrifying journey towards one of the greatest ideas ever conceived - the theory of relativity.
Another theatrical work inspired by Einstein is Dear Albert, written by Alan Alda and performed by an ensemble cast. This piece delves into Albert Einstein's personal correspondence, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work.
If you are lucky enough to score tickets to the Friday night performance, you will also be treated to a lively discussion between Alan Alda and Brian Greene about the life and work of Einstein.
Other key events throughout the festival include Madness Redefined: Creativity, Intelligence and the Dark Side of the Mind featuring prominent neuroscientist and psychiatrist Nancy C. Andreasen, taking a look inside the world of robot morality in The Moral Math of Robots, and contemplating whether we are alone in the universe with Alien Life: will we know it when we find it?
And take a glimpse into the future of cities in Catching up with the Jetsons: Cities in 2050.
Be part of the conversation with intimate salon events, or for some light-hearted fun kick back in the Festival Lab and have a laugh with comedian Josh Richards or play trivia with Dr Karl.
At the festival it's never too late to start an apprenticeship, even if it's just for a couple of hours.
An apprentice program allows budding scientists young and old to discover what it's like to work in fields ranging from art conservation to biology, zoology, palaeontology, robotics, sports engineering, genetics, ichthyology and game design.
World Science Festival Brisbane
WHEN: March 9-13
WHAT: Events range in price from free up to $89, with the majority averaging $30 or less.
TICKETS: All tickets are available at worldsciencefestival.com.au
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