World Science Festival Brisbane sustainable highlights

The World Science Festival Brisbane will run from 21 – 25 March 2018. This year’s program is a gripping showcase of science and arts, including stand-out events with a focus on sustainability.

Extreme Cities: Building Against the Tide – 22 March

Location: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

The urban environments of a sustainable future: By 2050, almost two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities on or near the coast, many of which will support more than 10 million inhabitants. Meanwhile poverty and the wealth gap continue to grow; population growth and density are on the increase and both our natural and built environments are being threatened by the challenges of climate change. This thought-provoking discussion will reveal ground-breaking global initiatives in urban planning, architecture and engineering that are creating dwellings, workplaces and public spaces to optimise human and environmental survival.

Panel participants: Tanya Ha, Malcom Smith, Barbara Norman and Cheryl Desha

Waste Not, Want Not: Creating a Circular Economy – 23 March

Location: THE EDGE State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane

Imagine a society devoid of detritus: As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, how do we also become sufficiently sanitised? Imagine a world where rubbish, in all its forms, becomes intrinsic to the cycles of human existence, rather than a by-product. For this to happen, waste worldwide needs to be re-used, recycled and reformed … but most importantly, it needs to be valued within our modern world. Our expert panel in all things discarded will share innovative ways to reimagine and repurpose waste, and examine whether science and technology can work their magic in time to save humanity from drowning in its own detritus.

Panel participants: Cheryl Desha, Tanya Ha, Malcolm Smith and Professor Barbara Norman.

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