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JOINT WINNER: Queensland Museum Network for World Science Festival Brisbane 2017
The Queensland Museum Network holds the exclusive license to host the World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific from 2016 to 2021. It is the only global extension of this popular initiative, reinforcing Australia’s position as a knowledge economy and igniting new and challenging discussions in and about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Attracting over 180,000 attendances in 2017, the program featured a stellar line-up of international physicists, marine biologists and environmental scientists for five days of thought-provoking discussions, interactive workshops and theatrical performances.
The Queensland Museum Network extended the 2017 Festival’s regional program to include Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville and Chinchilla. In total, the 2017 Festival delivered 128 performances across 21 venues including 49 world premieres and 49 full houses.
The Festival’s Education Program deepened engagement with the Museum’s existing schools audience. The specially curated Lifelong Learning Program saw more than 2,900 students and teachers interact with, and hear directly from, pioneers, leaders and subject-matter experts in traditional and non-traditional STEM fields.
With Academic Partners (Griffith University, QUT and The University of Queensland) and Program Partners (QIMR Berghofer and TRI) the Festival delivered 12 Apprentice Programs. Designed for senior students, these immersive workshops in the fields of genetics, microbiology, bioengineering, robotics, palaeontology, quantum physics, environmental science and cancer biology gave students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the wonder of STEM by working in laboratories alongside subject-matter experts.
Cool Jobs brought students from Years 4–10 face-to-face with scientists to learn what it takes to do some of the coolest scientific jobs on earth!
Those who missed the 2017 festival will have an opportunity to experience it next year, with the World Science Festival Brisbane 2018 being held from 21–25 March. Regional dates are yet to be announced.