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Unlock the mystery of science at the World Science Festival Brisbane

Follow your curiosity to QIMR Berghofer’s street stall when World Science Festival Brisbane rolls into town this month.

QIMR Berghofer’s Director and CEO, Professor Frank Gannon, said the Institute was offering a range of fun and educational activities for the young and old at the Street Science! Precinct at South Bank.

He said the Institute was proud to bring the wonders of science to the community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our amazing researchers and scientists to share their expertise and passion for science with all Queenslanders,” Professor Gannon said.

This year’s theme will delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced and how science is working to ensure we live better lives for longer.

Attendees have the opportunity to get involved by joining in discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities and visual displays.

Professor Gannon said it promised to be a fantastic weekend of science-filled fun.

“If you have ever wanted to see the difference between diseased and healthy cells, or learn about immunotherapy – the most promising cancer treatment of our time – this is your chance,” he said.

“We will have incredible medical illustrations on display and young children will have the chance to design a human body wheel, where they can learn about the six different body systems.

“We will also showcase our uniquely Queensland history as a medical research institute, as well as some information on our latest research discoveries.”

Professor Gannon said interested students had the chance to take part in hands-on workshops as part of the Apprentice Program at QIMR Berghofer.

“Apprentices donned a lab coat at our world-leading medical research institute to learn how to analyse DNA and trace the inheritance of genetic material,” he said.

World Science Festival Brisbane is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts.

QIMR Berghofer senior microscopist Dr Nigel Waterhouse and medical illustrator Madeleine Kersting Flynn have travelled to Gladstone, Chinchilla and Toowoomba to share personal stories about their careers in science as part of the festival.

The Brisbane Street Science! Precinct will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 March.

To see the full program of events, visit: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/2018-program/