How to Stream the 2021 World Science Festival Brisbane

How to Stream the 2021 World Science Festival Brisbane
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This article is sponsored by Queensland Museum.

World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) is officially returning for another year, and this time you don’t necessarily have to be in Queensland to get a slice of the action.

Taking over the entire city, the annual WSFB will run from the 24th to 28th of March, featuring dozens of events including original theatrical works, interactive experiments and panel discussions across topics ranging from climate change, space exploration and mental health, to ethics, robotics and dark matter.

While it’s still encouraged to visit WSFB in person to truly soak it all in, Queensland Museum has made it possible to stream a tonne of its content online — some free and some charging a small fee — so you theoretically don’t even have to leave the couch to get your daily dose of information.

Events can be accessed in person or online, and you can find tickets as well as links to videos and live-streams here.

What’s on

Cities 2060

Spearheaded by a slew of specialists in built environment, urban design, architecture, town planning and tech, Cities 2060 will dive into the Australian population predicted to reach 40 million in less than 40 years, with two-thirds of that population living in our four largest cities.

The specialists will discuss how our cities will cope with the influx of residents, what technology can help us adjust and how we can prevent our infrastructure from buckling under the pressure of millions of additional residents.

When: 25th March, 6pm
How to watch: Tickets are on sale for $35 at the QPAC Concert Hall, or you can live-stream the event for $10.

Running The Planet Without Costing The Earth

A panel of energy experts will host a realistic discussion that’ll address various questions around sustainable living, the likelihood of Australians meeting our climate change targets and what life will look like when (if) we eventually wean ourselves off fossil fuel entirely.

The experts will pose some crucial questions that need to be answered before we can finally make the shift to a post-fossil-fuel future.

When: 26th March, 6pm
How to watch: Tickets are on sale for $35 at the QPAC Concert Hall, or you can live-stream the event for $10.

Why Trust A Scientist?

The past few years have been working overtime to undermine the voice of scientists, so a range of professionals are having a conversation to not-so-subtly remind people of the important role science had in forming our modern world.

Hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize-winner will invite scientists, historians and communicators to reiterate just how crucial it is that we pay attention to science and avoid falling for baseless conspiracy theories.

When: 27th March, 6:30pm
How to watch: Tickets are on sale for $35 at the QPAC Concert Hall, or you can live-stream the event for $10.

Mind Altering Medicines

Ever wondered what hallucinogens can do for your mental health?

Scientific researchers are getting together to discuss the worldwide clinical trials of drugs such as magic mushrooms and MDMA on patients with a range of mental health challenges, including Australia’s first-ever psilocybin trial.

When: 24th March, 9am
How to watch: The video in its entirety will be released for free here.

Disrupting Bushfires

As Australian bushfires become increasingly unpredictable, discovering new methods to minimise the devastating impact is essential now more than ever.

A panel of environmental scientists will put their minds together to analyse bushfires in the past and present, and discuss potential solutions for future bushfires.

Can robots be the answer moving forward?

When: 24th March, 9am
How to watch: The video in its entirety will be released for free here.

There’s plenty more events where that came from, so check out the entire line-up right here and start booking your tickets now.