The third annual World Science Festival Brisbane, supported by the Queensland Government, is returning from 21 to 25 March 2018.

Hosted by Queensland Museum, the 2018 festival will focus on ‘humanity’, as scientists from across the globe delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is working to ensure we live better for longer.

Queensland Museum Chair of the Board David Conry said for five days Brisbane will be immersed in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths, including the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert.

“For the first time, anywhere in the world, audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ magnificent score performed in its entirety,” said Mr Conry.

Next year’s festival will include a variety of activities including scientific discussions, film screenings, trivia nights and the popular Street Science extravaganza, which includes hands-on learning from robots, drones, and explosive science shows.

In 2017, the festival drew more than 180,000 visitors from all over the world, injecting more than $7 million into the Queensland economy.

This year, the Festival will extend its reach beyond the river city, featuring 128 performances across 21 venues and four geographic locations – Brisbane, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, and Gladstone.

World Science Festival co-founder Professor Brian Greene is looking forward to another successful event.

“We’re thrilled by the great excitement the Festival has created in Brisbane, and that the programs bring out such a diverse range of audiences, kids to adults, novice to enthusiast,” Professor Greene said.

“We love to get people fired up about science, whether through discussions of cutting-edge discoveries or performances that captures the drama of exploration into the unknown. Science is the future and so it’s vital for the next generation to dream of pushing the frontier of knowledge.”

The University of Queensland Provost, Professor Aidan Byrne and former CEO of the Australian Research Council will again advise on the 2018 program as guest festival curator, with the full program to be announced by late January.

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